Remember how miserable you felt when you last had a cold? Can you imagine
what your baby must feel when he experiences a cold for the first time?
Viruses are responsible for causing colds. Infected people spread the
viruses when they sneeze or cough nearby healthy people. The virus gets
into the nose and throat where it multiplies.
What Are The Symptoms?
When your baby has a cold, there will be a number of symptoms. He will
be sneezing and have a runny nose. He may have a sore throat and it may
be difficult for him to swallow. His glands may become swollen.
He may not feel like eating much and he could become irritable. A cough
may develop. He may get a slight fever or have a body temperature of 101
to 102 degrees Fahrenheit.
When to Seek Medical Advice
If your baby is three months old or less and has cold like symptoms,
you should contact a pediatrician immediately. Cold like symptoms in a
baby three months old or less are misleading and could lead to a serious
On the other hand, if your child is more than three months old you should
contact a doctor if you notice that he is breathing loudly and his nostrils
expand out with each breath. His nails or lips are becoming blue. His mucus
is thick, runny and green. He has a cough that hasnít gone a way for more
than a week. His ears ache. His temperature is more than 102 degrees Fahrenheit.
He has become more drowsy or grouchy.
How to Care For Your Baby
Medical experts tell us there is no cure for the common cold. However,
there are ways to alleviate the miserable symptoms your baby undergoes.
Make sure he gets plenty of rest and extra fluids. If he has a fever,
give him acetaminophen or if heís older that six months he may take ibuprofen
(but donít give it to your baby if he is dehydrated or continuously vomiting).
If your child has a cough and is under three years old, donít give him
a cough suppressing medicine unless it was prescribed by a pediatrician.
Coughing rids the lower respiratory tract of mucus.
If your baby has nasal congestion, you can use a rubber suction bulb
to draw out the mucus from his nostrils. If the mucus is too thick, you
can apply saline nose drops to soften the mucus before extracting with
the bulb. A humidifier can also be used in the babyís room to help liquefy
the nasal secretions.
The best way for your baby to avoid a cold is to not have him near people
who are infected. But if your baby gets a cold, the best thing you can
do is make it comfortable for him. Soon his cold symptoms will disappear
and heíll be back to health, that is, until the next episode. But by now
youíll be ready for that, wonít you?
To learn more about newborns and what you can expect during your babyís
first year visit: http://www.firstyearbabyadvice.com
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About The Author
Leroy Chan, San Francisco, California, United States
Leroy has built and maintained several web sites since 1997. He just
became a dad and is looking forward to raising his newborn son.