Dear mom and dad, I will be discussing a very important topic in this post. How to help a baby with a cold. What to do when our babies get a cold. For some parents is normal for babies to get a cold, while for other parents it is a delicate and difficult time for them as parents and for the baby too.
I will agree with both sides of the parents. The cold could be normal since it is inevitable. At one time or the other, we have experienced a cold, even as adults, so baby or kids aren’t exceptional. The fact is they can easily be infected with the virus due to the fact that babies have a low immune system.
The other part is, it is so difficult for baby and mom because of the discomfort the baby is passing through at that very moment. So you have to know how to treat a baby’s cold in such a time
I would like to split this discussion into four-part to explain how to help a baby with a cold and the remedies for babies. The first is cough and the itchy throat. The second is Running nose and the congestion within. Then fever and the high temperature. Lastly, what to do to remedy the cold in babies.
How Do Babies Get Infected With A Cold?
Babies get a cold commonly due to their low immune system and it can last longer than expected since the baby’s immune system isn’t strong enough to fight the antibodies (virus) that has invaded their system.
Discussing the causes of cold in babies, we can start by mentioning the weather. Due to our climate changes, children can be infected due to cold weather.
Sometime the weather might be warm and parents dress their babies lightly due to the hot weather and suddenly it changes and become cold and parents went out with babies unprepared for the cold weather, before they get home the baby is already sick with a cold cos the cold weather has affected the little child.
It can be caused also by an allergy. When the baby takes in something not suitable for the body, then the child will start reacting in so many ways and cold could be one of the signs of the reaction.
Another cause is the child being infected by an already infected person. We will all agree that when one member of our family is sick of cold that it will take grace, if not, every other member of the family will definitely be infected too and babies aren’t an exception.
I remember vividly well when my husband caught a cold, it didn’t even take two days for my toddler to be infected and I was next and it went around the whole house even with my other kids. That is the power of infection (virus).
Cough and The Itchy Throat
The cough is a sign of a cold and when you notice your babies crying a lot and being too cranky, please open your baby’s mouth to check his/her throat. If the throat is reddish that means your baby is having an itchy throat and that will eventually result to cough.
Itchy throat is only a symptom that results to cough. Coughing in babies is so pathetic cos you watch your baby going through pain, straining the lungs while coughing and that can lead to a serious heart or lings problem if not immediately taken care of.
In such a case, what do you do? I will tell you some method I applied to cases like this when my babies are sick of cold. Some sound primitive, but I don’t care since it works for me. My babies are getting better at such a time is my priority.
Giving your baby lots of fluid is a must, that will help flush the virus away and soften the mucus to be coughed out or toilet out easily. For infants, breastfeed more and give some warm water, if you have started giving your water baby.
For toddlers, you can give warm water and add some honey to it. You can give a teaspoon of honey to your toddler, but for your infant honey might be too early to give.
First, I will tell give you the orthodox method and then the modern method of the rub to apply to your baby. Both of them are very effective. Using sheep fat is very effective. You can buy a sheep fat from the market, or if you have a place to get it, that’s fine. Put it in an empty pot and boil it, the fat will melt and become oil, then you pour it in a container where your hand can easily access it. Rub it on the chest, back, feet and hands of your baby and massage it gently, dress your baby warmly before bed. In the morning your baby will cough out lots of mucus, which will ease the cough keep at it until the cough totally vanish. It is natural and has no side effect cos it’s animal fat.
Secondly, you can buy this natural chest rub called Maty’s All Natural Baby Chest Rub. Repeat the same method by Rubbing it on the baby’s chest, back, feet and hands and massage it gently, dress your baby warmly before bed. In the morning your baby will cough out lots of mucus, which will ease the cough keep at it until the cough totally vanish.
Running Nose and the Congestion Within
Running nose is also a sign of cold and such cold sign can really be so difficult for babies cos they struggle to breathe or will I say they barely breathe.
Drinking plenty of water will help to soften and flush the mucus faster.
I can remember watching my baby rolling from one side of the bed to the other side struggling to get air through his nostril, then I decided to use a baby nasal aspirator call Nosefrida. With Nosefrida, I suck out the mucus from my baby nose and my baby’s breath gets a free flow again without the mucus getting into my mouth. This is really the perfect nasal aspirator and I just clean it up with some warm water and salt to sterilize it for another use.
Another method I use is to rub the fat, oil on the top and side of the nose. This method helps to dissolve the mucus and ease breathing. If you are using this method be careful not to rub the fat on the front part and inside the nose.
Fever and the High Temperature
When a baby is sick with a cold, fever is more likely to be involved. Use a baby thermometer to check his /her temperature. If the thermometer reading is more than 37.4, your baby’s temperature is high. The baby thermometer comes in different forms.
How to check through the armpit, forehead, pacifier, etc. With all this form you will get the same result.
If your baby is running temperature you can put some Luke warm water (if it is winter), but preferably cold water in a big bowl and soak a towel inside to clean the body of your baby to reduce the body temperature.
You can give some baby paracetamol syrup/tablet or baby Panadol syrup/tablet if the fever persists. You can get the syrup or tablet at any chemist or pharmacy near you.
What to Do to Remedy the Cold in Babies.
What you have to do to remedy a cold in babies is to dress your baby warm and when the weather is hot and you are going out with your baby, always carry extra clothes in your bag in case of a change of weather.
Keep your baby away from a cold infected person and if you can’t do that try to open your house windows and doors more often to let fresh air come in to neutralize the virus and freshen the house.
If your baby gets a cold, the points I have written above are great ways on how to help a baby with a cold, apply them. Whichever suits you will definitely work for you. It worked for me and am sure your baby’s case will not be an exception.
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