Dealing with babies and infants should include watching out for common cold symptoms. Babies and infants are most vulnerable to these kinds of infections because their immune system is still undeveloped and is susceptible to outside forces. There are ways that you can relieve your baby’s cold symptoms through the following methods:
- Your baby may be suffering from cold symptoms like a stuffy nose. If this is the case, you may use saline nose drops. Instill a few drops according to the dosage of the medication into the thin mucus. Be sure you have your pediatrician's consent on which nose drops to use or you might be endangering your baby’s health for using the wrong dosage or wrong prescription. Always be sure not to use the adult medication as the potency of an adult medication is not suitable for delicate babies or infant.
- Another way to clear your baby’s clogged nose is by using a suction bulb. The suction bulb will clear away thin mucus so your baby can sleep well and does not disturb his sleep. When a baby is suffering from a clogged nose, chances are high that he may not be able to breathe correctly and comfortably when lying on his back. Be sure to soften first any mucus in his nose with the saline drops recommended for your baby before you use the suction bulb. Use it slowly and carefully and do not insert the suction bulb to deep into your baby’s nostrils.
- Keep the baby’s room clean and use a humidifier to clean the air of the room. You may also make use of natural aromatherapy oils to create a cool vapor mist into the air like eucalyptus oil. The humidifier can also moisten the air.
- You can help your baby in ease in his breathing by adding a few drops of eucalyptus essential oil in a pan of warm water and dipping a clean wash cloth into the solution and rub it on the chest of your baby. This will create vapor and will relieve his breathing.
- If your baby has fever, you may give him Paracetamol as prescribed by your pediatrician. Do not give medicine to your baby unless you have consent from his doctor. Give the right dosage for your baby. Do not in any way give your baby more than the dosage indicated in the medicine label or from your pediatrician. Paracetamol and Ibuprofen are safest for your babies unlike Aspirin.
- Watch for dehydration signs from your baby. If your baby is not wetting his diaper as much as when he is in a normal state, it may be a sign he is not hydrated and is not passing as much urine as he normally does. Watch out for the color of the urine. If your baby’s urine is darker than his usual urine, it may be a sign of dehydration. To prevent dehydration from happening, give your baby more fluids or you can give him the hydration fluids recommended for infants or babies.
Be sure to know when to call your doctor. This is usually advised if your baby is not eating or drinking and if there is a very high fever. A high fever usually indicates severity in your baby’s condition. Other signs accompanying fever that needs medical attention are vomiting, difficulty in breathing and rashes. Be sure you observe your baby intently all the time.