When Common Colds Attack Your Little Ones

Babies are so vulnerable as their immune system is not fully developed yet, making them susceptible to viruses and infections. And since we are experiencing weather changes as we are approaching the coldest season of the year, common colds to babies is one of the usual reported health issues today and will continue for the next few months.

little ones with common colds
Common colds is a viral infection and is contagious and can be transmitted when someone sneezes or coughs .It is medically termed as upper respiratory tract infection which is not a serious illness, although it causes a great deal of discomfort as babies suffer from nasal congestion and runny nose, sneezing and watery eyes, loss of appetite, even fever and cough as well as restlessness and irritability.

Proper guideline and knowledge about the symptoms and stricter precaution is advisable for mothers just to keep their babies away from possible infections yet if your baby has been infected by common colds already, then here are simple to-dos to help you in alleviating the discomfort caused by this illness:

Proper Rest. Just like adults, it is recommended that your baby has plenty of sleep to boost up his energy and fight the infection. Make sure that he has a comfortable place to rest and the room is well-ventilated.

Keep him hydrated.  Mind the fluid intake by breastfeeding and if he is formula-fed or is already in solids, you can give him water or fruit juices too. We are already familiar with water therapy, just make sure that it is not too much though as it will upset his stomach and may cause LBM (loose bowel movement).

Saline Solution and Rubber Bulb Syringe. You can buy nasal saline drops in your nearest pharmacy or you can also make your own solution at home. Let your baby lie on his back, squeeze at least 2-3 drops of the solution on each nostril and keep still for 30 seconds to loosen the mucus. Afterwards, squeeze the bulb of the rubber syringe, then gently insert the tip of the rubber on the nostril then slowly release it. It serves as the suction for the mucus in order to ease out nasal congestion. Remember to wipe the tip clean with tissue.

Stay away from Over-the-Counter (OTC) medications. You can seriously harm your baby by buying and giving him medicines without consultations. For the first symptoms of common colds, most especially for babies three months and under, you can bring him to his pediatrician or to health clinics in your area for prior medical recommendations and the right dosages.

Common colds usually take 10 to 14 days to complete its course. During those times, you might want to observe your babies for possible fever, ear infections, and even harsh coughs. Don’t underestimate the power of washing your hands first before carrying your babies in order to kill out germs. As a mother, load up yourself with tons of knowledge regarding illnesses that might affect babies, especially the common colds just to be in-control of the situation. Above all, pray for his speedy recuperation.



Jessie Corpuz-Dericto, 28 years old is a Freelance Writer, Blogger, Virtual Assistant and a nursing mom. She is also into news and trends, fashion, photography, painting, sketching and the roller coaster ride of motherhood. She loves sensible talks, long walks and activities that will enrich both the mind and soul.

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