Did you know it is not uncommon for kiddies to face up to 6 colds per year? What’s more, a first cold can strike…really whenever – with many babies experiencing their first cold at only a few months old.
When your little bundle of joy is sniffling, coughing, sneezing or congested you can’t help but FEEL for them. You would do anything in your power to make them just feel better.
While seeking medical professional is encouraged – especially if your baby is only a few weeks/months old – once you’ve (and your doctor) ruled out more sinister conditions and know baby just has a cold, it can actually be a good opportunity for bub to build their immunity.
Keep scrolling for a quick guide to getting through your first cough and cold season.
Your baby’s first cold guide
According to an article on Kidspost, the BEST and perhaps the FIRST thing parents should do is STAY CALM. Understand that a baby getting sick is all part of their immunity process.
Signs your baby has a cold include:
- a stuffy or runny nose
- lack of sleep
- and/or a noisy cough.
How you can assist
You can help ease your child’s distress/discomfort without using medicines by:
- Offer extra fluids
- Comforting them (lots and lots of cuddles!)
- Try a vaporiser
- Give baby a soft, little massage (is relaxing and can help break up congestion)
- If baby/child does not have a temperature – try a nice, warm bath!
Colds usually last between 7 and 10 days, although a cough can last longer, up to three weeks.
When to seek external help
As we mentioned before if baby is younger than 3 months – seeing a doctor – is always best.
For older children and experienced mums who have been down the ‘cold’ path before, it is best to see a doctor if a noisy cough persists. You see, this could lead to croup.
Croup is a viral infection that causes swelling at the back of the throat, narrowing the airway and making breathing difficult.
While a cough can last from several days up to a week – if it lingers beyond this – it’s also a good idea to see your family doctor.
You should ALSO see your doctor if your child or baby/child develops any of the following symptoms:
- Temperature higher than 38.5C or chills
- Shortness of breath, noisy or fast breathing
- Neck stiffness
- Severe headache
- Light hurting the eyes
- Chest pain
- Difficulty waking up or unusual drowsiness
- A skin rash
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