Colds and Flu in Babies
It is almost certain that your baby will catch a cold at least once in his first year This is because of their yet to be developed immune system, working only at about 60% of capacity, that is unable to fight the common cold virus Colds are upper respiratory infection caused by one of different viruses It is a very concerning experience as unlike a child that speaks and knows how to blow and clear his nose, a baby sadly cannot And seeing your baby having a hard time breathing is just heart-breaking and stressful So what are you to do to manage the discomfort of baby when he has a cold?
1 Check that it is not a flu Colds itself are not a serious health risk as it is a natural occurrence and will eventually help boost the baby's immune system Nevertheless it is important to try your best not to make it worst as it can lead to bacterial infections like flu, ear infections and even pneumonia Colds and the flu vary in severity with the later causing fever and body aches Colds symptoms include runny nose, a sore throat, sneezing and coughing
Consult your doctor if you are in doubt as you baby may be suffering from a flu and may require antibiotics Take your baby to the hospital when baby is under 3 months and his temperature goes beyond 375C, when the baby's colds symptoms last longer than a week, when the coughing turns into gasping or wheezing, and when the baby seems awfully annoyed with their ears and keeps on pulling it which can be a sign of ear infection
2 Sleep and regular fluid intake Rest is perhaps the only treatment for colds So let the baby sleep whenever he wants for now and avoid too much active play that might tire your bundle of joy Keep the nursery quiet and tell the family to make less noise so baby’s sleep is not disrupted Also make sure that your baby has enough fluids in her body to keep himself hydrated and help his body fight the virus
3 Clear their nasal passages Be assured that your baby will be able to breath with their nose regardless of whether it is blocked They will inhale with difficulty of course especially during breastfeeding so be extra patient should baby become highly irritable and stops feeding to breathe
Help clear their noses of the mucus that is clogging their nasal passages by putting in saline nose drops every now and then This helps them get a more comfortable sleep and improve their ability to eat and drink which are crucial in their recovery Use a vapouriser to help balance the humidity in your room which also assists in better breathing Also make sure you use a soft cloth when wiping their noses and do it gently to prevent the skin from chapping
4 De-contaminate and avoid Your baby is likely to catch the cold virus from the things he touch such as toys or his crib So be mindful now that you know how difficult it is for you and the baby when the cold virus strikes Clean up baby's toys regularly and sanitize his play area and crib regularly It is also advisable to wash your hands before touching or carrying your baby and requesting other people who will be in contact to do the same to prevent the spread of virus Do not let baby be in proximity with someone who is sick or let them play with other children who are obviously infected with a virus