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How to take care of your baby cold

The common children’s cold is a viral infection of the upper respiratory tract that usually lasts a week or two. Most kids under three catch at least eight colds a year because of their still-developing immune systems. Children are caused by rhinoviruses which are contagious viruses that can live in the air we breathe or on surfaces. That means that if someone with a cold breathes on child or sneezes on him, or if the child touches something that an infected person has touched, he’ll likely get exposed to the cold.

Symptoms of cold are not usually severe. They include:

  • Runny or stuffy nose
  • Sneezing
  • Sore throat
  • Headache and muscle aches
  • Mild fever
  • Loss of appetite

 

A good home remedy for cough and cold is safe, inexpensive, and beneficial. They are also found in nearly every home. Here is how one can treat child’s symptoms with simple but effective home remedies for cold in babies instead of medicines.

  • Clear the congestion:
    Since babies don’t know how to blow their noses, saline nasal drops can be used to loosen clogged mucus. Raising the head of baby’s crib mattress by putting a couple of pillows underneath the mattress would be very useful for improving the breathing. Keeping the tissues handy would be very useful to get rid of any crusty mucus that may be clogging nostrils.
  • Fix the fever:
    There’s no need to medicate every fever; as it is a sign that the body is waging war against an infection. But since that fever can make child irritable, it is advisable to consult doctor for the medicine to lower the fever.
  • Offer lots of liquids:
    Keeping the child hydrated is necessary, as he/she may have lost extra fluids.
  • Avoid OTC medicines:
    Skipping the medications as far as possible would be the right choice.
  • Lots of rest:
    It takes energy to fight an infection, and that can wear a child out. When the child is resting, he is healing, which is exactly what he needs to do.
  • Stay away with infection
    Staying away from other kids with colds is essential.

 

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