There is nothing more frustrating for a new mum than watching her baby suffer with cold. A baby cold can be worrying for both you and your partner.

When it comes to taking care of your baby’s cold sometimes a baby’s cold can have a positive effect. Your baby is at a stage when its immunity is still developing and your baby can develop strong immune systems fighting off a cold and runny nose.

How do I differentiate if it is a cold, flu or whooping cough?

Knowing the difference between cold and flu can be tricky. Cold and flu are common among young babies.

Cold:

If your baby is suffering from cough, congestion, runny nose, sneezing, sore throat, watery eyes, body aches, lack of interest in food then it is more likely it is cold. Your baby may have a slight fever lower than 38 degrees Celsius.

Flu:

Your baby might have a fever higher than 39 degrees Celsius. Your baby will suffer from severe cold symptoms accompanied by dry cough, runny nose, sore throat, body aches, and head aches. Your baby may suffer from fatigue, shortness of breath, vomiting, lack of interest in eating and wheezing. This may worsen in winter and the symptoms are sudden and not gradual.

Whooping cough:

Your baby might have a short 30 second coughing bouts accompanied by shortness of breath or a whopping sound while your baby struggles to inhale between coughs. You baby may also have runny nose, mild fever, red watery eyes, loss of appetite and diarrhea.

When should I seek medical help?

Call your doctor if your baby has a persistent cough, is struggling to breathe, wheezing or is breathing faster than usual.

Even if you think your baby is suffering from a normal cold, it’s always a good idea to check with your doctor.

Being prepared for baby cold

You will never know when your baby is going to come down with a cold. Being well prepared with needful supplies is going to give you the confidence to deal with your baby’s cold.

Make sure you have some infant paracetamol or ibuprofen on hand at all times. Stock your medicine cabinet with some nose drops to clear stuffy noses and some vapor rub to ease congested chest in your baby. Always check with your doctor about correct dosage before you give your baby any medicine for cough and cold.

Natural remedies to ease baby cold

There are plenty of home remedies to keep your baby happy and comfortable if your baby develops cold, cough or a runny nose.

Saline drops:

These drops are a great way to unblock your baby’s congested nose. Saline drops can be easily purchased at your local drug store. It’s easy to use, all you have to do is put a few drops using the saline syringe to your baby’s nose and use a wet tissue to wipe away any mucous.

Steam:

This is a popular home remedy to cure blocked noses. You can buy a humidifier from your local chemist and use few drops of eucalyptus oil to clear your baby’s nose. If you don’t have a humidifier run some hot water in your tub and keep the bathroom doors closed. This steam can help clear your baby’s nasal passage.

Elevation:

Keeping your baby’s head elevated while sleeping will help ease the congestion.

Preventing the spread of colds

Your baby can spread cold quickly throughout your family. Ensure to cover your baby’s mouth when it sneezes and make sure you wash your hands frequently. Make sure everyone in your family washes their hand thoroughly before they eat.

Ensuring baby doesn’t transmit cold to you

Taking care of a baby suffering from cold can wear you out. Constant infections may sap your energy and make you tired. To ensure your health is in top condition wash your hands thoroughly with a hand sanitizer before you eat or after you have cleaned your baby’s nose. Eat healthy foods like soups, vegetables and fruits that build up your immunity and above all get plenty of rest.