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A few advices for cold:
Keep Them Hydrated
No matter your baby’s age, it’s essential to keep him well-hydrated when battling a cold. “A baby will usually want to nurse or take a bottle more frequently when sick because he needs that comfort,” says Dr. William Sears, Associate Clinical Professor of Pediatrics at the University of California, Irvine, School of Medicine. The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends against giving juice to infants under 1, and although you could give a small amount of water to babies who are eating solids, it’s not necessary. Breast milk or formula should be all the fluid they need to keep hydrated.
Treat a Fever
Acetaminophen may be used to treat a fever if your baby is 4 months old or older, says Rhya Strifling, M.D., a mom and pediatrician at the University of Kentucky College of Medicine. Just be sure to consult your pharmacist or pediatrician about the correct dosage and make sure you are using the dosing for infant drops and not child drops. And if your baby is 3 months old or younger and has a fever, you should contact your pediatrician immediately.
Use a “Nose Hose”
Even adults have a hard time sleeping with a stuffy nose — now imagine you’re a baby who can’t even blow your nose for relief! Dr. Sears recommends using a nasal aspirator and saline nasal spray before your baby eats and goes to sleep to clear the nose and to loosen the drainage in the back of the throat. “Babies under 1 typically don’t breathe through their mouths very well, so when the nose is clogged, it is truly uncomfortable for them,” Dr. Sears.
Run a Humidifier
A cool mist humidifier in your baby’s room during nap time and at night can help with the cough by moistening the dry winter air, says Dr. Strifling. Also, be sure not to have the heat turned up too high, which can worsen Baby’s congestion. Instead, she says to keep your home at a comfortable 70-72 degrees in the winter months.