Newborn Cold Remedies Guide
New and experienced parents will find it very helpful to have a few newborn cold remedies on hand.
Seeing your little bundle joy suffering with a baby cold can be painful to watch and make you feel a bit useless. This article will share some useful newborn cold remedies.
The common cold is something we all face at some point in life, however due to the newly developing immune system of your child; this can be a rough patch for them to get through.
Baby colds usually run between 7-14 days. You should seek help from your doctor if you have a sick baby for longer than 10 days. This article will detail some newborn cold remedies to help keep your child comfortable during a hard time and speed up their recovery.
Lots of fluids
Staying hydrated is an age old remedy when you’re sick, and it’s also an effective newborn cold remedy. If your child’s nose is running and if they are sweating a lot, these are signs they are losing fluids. Keep them hydrated with either breast milk or formula milk.
Consult with your doctor before giving your child any electrolyte solutions or plain water if they are under 3 months.
Do your best to make sure your child is getting enough fluids to offset the amount they are losing. Contrary to popular belief, milk is fine in this situation. It does not produce noticeable amounts additional mucous and it provides essential nutrients to help your baby’s body fight the cold. Naturally, breast milk is probably the best newborn cold remedy.
Try using steamy air
Steamy air are is an excellent baby cold treatment technique. It’s natural and soft on the body. Breathing warm, moist air will help relieve your infant’s nasal congestion by loosening the mucus in their body. Using a humidifier is the best way to change the consistency of the air in your babies room. Make sure your humidifier is 100% clean before you use it, otherwise you risk spreading further infection to your baby.
You can also give your baby a warm bath in a very steamy bathroom, which will surround them with warm air. You can also let the shower run until it’s steamy and stand in the bathroom with your baby if you can’t give them bath. Try adding small amounts of eucalyptus or natural oils to the water to add further benefits to the steam. This is a natural and effective way to assist infant cold relief.
Cold Medicine for babies
If your child is suffering from a fever you may be tempted to use medication. Always make sure you are using an age appropriate remedy – consult with your doctor if you are unsure which one is right for your child.
Make sure you serve accurate dosages of the infant cold medicine. Too much or too little will have undesired effects, it is especially important not to give too much. Using over the counter medicine as a newborn home remedy can be precarious and requires caution.
Stay away from using household spoons to measure the dosages, use measuring spoons or the devices that come with the medicine. This will help get accurate dosages every time. As adults we can afford to exceed the dosage by a little, but when administrating infant cough medicine, being precise is necessary.
Keeping your child comfortable at home
Monitor your child’s temperate and adjust their clothing/coverings appropriately. It’s important to sweat a fever out, but you don’t want them to be lying in wet clothes and potentially catch a chill.
If your child is over 12 months you can try giving them a little honey to soothe their throat. Honey is anti bacterial and will help to fight a cough and the infection causing it. You can mix about 1/2 a tablespoon of honey with warm water and feed it to your child. Using honey to treat baby colds when your child is under 12 months can have fatal consequences. Honey can cause infant botulism which is an illness that occurs when a baby ingests a bacteria that their young body cannot handle.
Elevating your child’s head is something you need to be careful with and it’s only recommended for children over 12 months. Elevating their head will help them breathe easier and encourage mucous to drip. Don’t try things like tilting your child’s crib with objects or letting them sleep in a carseat. These are not safe treatments for baby nasal congestion and they can have potentially fatal consequences. Safety is key while developing your own newborn cold remedies.
A safe way to elevate your child’s head would be with extra pillows while they are in their crib. You can line the inside of the crib with extra pillows and soft objects that will encase and proper your baby up. Make sure your baby is secure and comfortable when elevating their head.
When to go to the doctor
As said before, if symptoms persist for more than 10 days take your child to a doctor. Also use common sense and monitor your child’s condition. If they are not improving at all after several days of treatment, you may need to take them in earlier.
Don’t fret if your doctor does not want to prescribe antibiotics for your baby’s cold. Keep in mind, colds are caused by viruses and antibiotics are used to kill bacteria. In some instances it may be appropriate to use an antibiotic, but it is not a good idea to use it as a regular part of your newborn cold remedies.
Overusing (or unnecessarily using) antibiotics can lead to your child’s body developing a resistance to the medication which will cause it not to work in the future. It’s a common misconception that antibiotics are necessary for infant cold relief. Don’t jump the gun and use antibiotics immediately for baby cold’s.
Signs your baby’s cold is getting serious:
- Child less than 3 months old has a fever over 380
- If your child develops pain or swelling in the chest, face or hands
- If your child develops throat, ear or nose pain
- Infants will rub at the irritated area as they cry
- If your child isn’t breathing normally (short, shallow breaths)
Use these newborn cold remedies as well as common sense to help your child get through this. Take the time while your child is healthy to find a doctor you trust as well as develop a plan for what to do when they get sick. A simple cold can be much more serious at really young or really old ages. Consult your doctor as soon as possible for more baby cold remedies.