Day 101: TLC for Babies with Colds

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With their usually fragile immune systems, infants and babies are especially susceptible picking up colds and other infections. This can be a stressful time for both the baby and parents, but there are certain measures you can take in order to relieve some of your child’s discomfort.

1. The most important thing to remember is to check the label of any medicine you administer to a young child before you give it. Giving an infant or young baby a full adult does of a medicine can be extremely harmful if not fatal.

Medicines will indicate on the label whom they are intended for and if there is a smaller recommended dose for children. Many medicines are not recommended to be given to children less than two years old, but there are often infant’s versions of the same medicine for children versions that are less potent and are safe to use with children. Still check the label to make sure. If you believe you have overdosed the child, it is a good idea to contact your local poison control center and ask them for advice.

2. When cleaning off a runny nose for an infant the soft, tender skin around the nose can becoming easily irritated. In order to avoid this, you might consider using a warm washcloth to clean off mucus or using extra soft tissues instead of the normal variety. If the area around the nose does become irritated and red, apply gentle baby lotion to the spot to provide some relief.

3. If the baby is congested, you might consider using a humidifier. These are readily available at normal stores like Walmart and Target. Fill the humidifier with water to the fill line and plug it in the baby’s room. This provides a more humid atmosphere which can be soothing and make it easier for the baby to breathe in addition. You can also use a menthol rub like Vicks vapor rub and apply it directly to the baby’s chest and neck as this will assist with easier breathing and the clearing of the nasal passages.

Most importantly, be sure to show your child an extra degree of care and love. Urge them to sleep and recover. Having a few colds or other sicknesses is normal for young children, but if something persists for a long time, be sure to consult your pediatrician.

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