What you need to how to care for your little one.
Babies are born with some immunity to illness, but it takes time for their itty-bitty immune systems to fully mature. This makes them more susceptible to viruses that cause colds.
There are over 200 different types of viruses that are capable of causing colds in your infant. But, on the plus side, any colds your little one gets will help increase his immunity. Despite this silver lining, the very first cold can be concerning for parents. Here’s an overview of everything you need to know about your baby’s first cold.
Stock Up on Supplies
Make sure you have supplies on hand at home before your baby’s first cold hits. Saline drops, fever-reducing medicine, a rubber bulb syringe or a NoseFrida, a humidifier, and a thermometer are excellent things to have on hand.
Call Your Pediatrician
If your little one is under 3 months of age, call your doctor at the first sign of a cold to be on the safe side.
If your baby is older, call in to the pediatrician if your little one experiences a worsening cough or congestion, major fussiness, dehydration, fever, labored breathing, or symptoms lasting longer than one week.
Help Your Baby Breathe Easier
Use saline drops and a nasal suction device to keep your little one’s nose of clear of mucus. Only clear your child's nose if you can see mucus in the nostrils. Do not ever attempt to clear all of the mucus from your baby’s airway as this can be traumatizing.
Offer additional bottles or nursing sessions to your baby when he is sick. If your child is older than 6 months, you can offer a few ounces of water in a sippy cup. If you suspect your baby is dehydrated, contact your pediatrician to determine a course of action to re-hydrate.
Humidify the Air
A humidifier is an essential tool for releasing moisture into the air. Moisture in the air can help to ease your baby’s congestion while loosening mucus.
Along with caring for your little one, protect yourself and others. Wash your hands often to avoid catching or spreading viruses!
- Olivia, mom & a pediatric nurse
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