How To Treat Cold or Flu in Babies.
When your precious little one shows signs of having a cold or flu, you’ll try anything to give them relief. The sad thing is that children’s cough and cold medicines are not recommended for children under six years of age.
However, there are a number of ways you can help keep your child comfortable and soothe their symptoms. There’s no cure for the common cold but you can help your baby recover by making her more comfortable as she works through the infection.
Try the following:
- Provide plenty of fluids (breast milk for infants) and if your child is over a year old, increase their intake of diluted vitamin-C-rich juices.
- Keep the room your baby is in comfortably warm.
- If your baby is over 3 months, use a baby paracetamol medicine or cold medicine for them to help reduce their temperature.(A Doctor must recommend it)
- Keep your baby away from any sort of smoke.
- Wipe away mucus from her nose to make sure the nasal passage is always clean but be very gentle with the cleaning so it doesn’t irritate the skin around the nose.
- You may have to suck out the mucus in your baby’s nose or use special baby nose suction bulb. You can also buy saline solution drops to help loosen the mucus.
- Make sure they sleep well at night, a good night’s sleep will help hasten their recovery.
- If your child is unable to sleep at night due to congestion you can calm her by allowing her to resettle in a semi-reclined position against your own body so she can breathe more easily.
Call the doctor, When;
- Your baby has a temperature of 39 degrees or above
- Your baby has a relentless or nasty cough.
- The symptoms persist after ten days
- Your baby has earache (keeps pulling her ears and seems distressed)
- The baby has stopped taking food.
- When your baby’s breathing becomes labored or the nostrils both flare out as he breathes.
- If the mucus coming out of his nose is continually thick and green
- If your baby looks exhausted
As a mother, your instincts tell you something isn’t right, follow your instinct, take your baby to your doctor! When your baby has cold, it’s no fun at all, but take solace in the fact that exposure to these viruses helps your baby develop her immune system.