Cold and RSV season is here and it is important to know how to treat a baby’s cold. Or determine when it is appropriate to take your baby to the doctor to rule out RSV or some other cause of cold-like symptoms. When your baby is sick, keep in mind that your baby’s cold can be just as hard on you, since there isn’t a ton of things you can do other than give your baby extra snuggles and treat the symptoms.
Disclosure: This post isn’t medical advice. Please speak to your baby’s pediatrician if you have any concerns.
Increase Baby’s Fluids
The best thing that you can do to help ease your baby’s discomfort and keep their cold symptoms from worsening by ensuring your baby gets sufficient liquids. Increase the amount of breast milk or formula if your baby is less than four months old. Older babies can have a bit of water.
Use Saline Solution
To help relieve your baby’s stuffy nose and congestion, try using over-the-counter saline solution drops into each nostril. Then use a rubber bulb syringe or the Electric Nose Frida after a few minutes to extract the mucus and liquid. If your baby seems to struggle breathing through their nose while feeding, using the saline can help open up their airway so they can eat. Try putting a small amount of petroleum jelly to the outside your baby’s nostrils to help reduce irritation.
Try A Steamy Bathroom
When my babies had a cold, I would often sit in the bathroom while the hot shower was going for about 15 minutes. The steam will help loosen congestion and make it easier for your baby to breathe.
Run a Cool-Mist Vaporizer
I would also use a cool-mist vaporizer or humidifier to help increase the moisture in their bedroom. Additional mostiure can help provide some relief and help make it easier for your baby to breathe.
Give Baby a Warm Bath
A warm bath could also work, and might provide your baby with some additional comfort.
Raise the Crib Mattress at a Slight Incline
Sleeping at a slight incline can help relieve postnasal drip and allow your baby to sleep better. Use a couple of rolled up towels between the crib springs and mattress. NEVER place any pillows or another prop in your baby’s crib. Doing so increases the risk of suffocation. Also, don’t allow your infant to sleep in their car seat, the car seat isn’t designed for sleeping.
Be sure to contact your pediatrician at the first sign of any illness in an infant less than three months old, especially in instances of a fever of 100.4 degrees or if she has a cough. Your child’s pediatrician can give you guidelines about what constitutes a fever and what you should do to treat it. If baby’s symptoms don’t improve within five to seven days, her cough worsens, she’s wheezing or gasping (possible pneumonia or respiratory syncytial virus, or RSV), or tugs at her ear (possible ear infection), your pediatrician should also be notified immediately.
12 thoughts on “How to Treat Your Baby’s Cold”
These are great tips for new moms.
I remember these days. Baths did help my kids a lot when they were sick.
Seeing a baby sick just breaks my heart.These are good tips for parents.
It’s so frustrating when babies get colds. Saline and nose frida were our best friends in this house!
This is a really great and very informative post. This will help a lot of mom’s out there!
I’ve always believed pretty strongly that when in doubt, definitely go to a professional first! That aside, these tips are great because the methods are tried and true!
This is such a great post, it’s very informative! It’s also timely as the weather is constantly changing. It will definitely have an effect! This is a great reference. I save this, Thanks!
These are amazing tips for someone that is new at raising kids.
Great tips here for treating that cold and the little ones. I absolutely hate when my kids are not well…. any tips to help make it easier is a good thing!
These are some great tips for newborn caretakers for sure! Those pics of the sweet babies are too cute!
Saline solution is always a must have in my house. Sometimes it makes miracles for my kids!
Such great advice! I need to share this with all my new mommy friends.