How To Manage Baby’s First Cold
A common cold is usually harmless, however it can make your little one uncomfortable and fussy. Below is our guide to the things you can do to ease the symptoms of a head cold in little babies.
- Clearing Nasal Congestion
Babies can't blow their own noses, so it's up to you to help alleviate their nasal congestion. A nasal aspirator sucks the mucus from their nostrils. While it might not be a pleasant experience for your baby, it is highly effective. Additionally, you can try using a saline spray or applying a dab of eucalyptus balm to their chest or feet to help clear their airways.
- Maintain Hydration
Keeping your baby well-hydrated is crucial when they have a cold. It is essential to offer them fluids more frequently than usual to prevent dehydration.
- Increase Humidity
Increasing the humidity in your baby's environment can help relieve congestion. A cool mist diffuser can create a soothing atmosphere while adding moisture to the air. You can even add a few drops of essential oils to the diffuser to help calm your baby and encourage restful sleep.
- Manage Fever
Fever often accompanies a cold, to help your baby cope with a fever, you can place a cool, damp facecloth on the back of their neck or use a gentle fan in their room. These measures can provide soothing relief if your baby's temperature is elevated.
- Elevate the Mattress
Raising your baby's mattress slightly can alleviate congestion and assist with easier breathing. A subtle elevation using a rolled towel or an adjustable co-sleeper can be sufficient to make a difference in their comfort.
- Provide Extra TLC
Sometimes, the best remedy is a little extra tender, loving care. While cuddles may not be a medical treatment, they can work wonders for soothing your baby and making them feel more secure.
When to Seek Medical Help
It’s always better to be safe than sorry so seek medical advice if your baby:
- Hasn't improved after a few days.
- Has a temperature of 38°C (100.4°F) or higher if they are under three months old, or a temperature above 39°C (102.2°F) for babies between three to six months.
- Suffers from a persistent cough.
- Has trouble breathing.
- Frequently rubs or pulls on their ears, as this could indicate an ear infection.
- Develops a rash that doesn't disappear when pressed (non-blanching).
If you've exhausted your efforts to soothe your baby's discomfort, or if you sense that something is amiss, always trust your parental instincts and seek a medical opinion.