Handling your baby’s “first time cold” !!

Updated: Dec 9, 2021


In the unprecedented COVID times, 'Cough and Cold' is a nightmare as never before. Visiting a paediatrician, cuddling with loved ones, or even a stroll to the park can make the baby susceptible to infection.

According to the Centre for Disease Control and Prevention, the transmission of the virus that causes COVID-19, to new-borns is thought to occur primarily through respiratory droplets during the postnatal period when the new-borns are exposed to mothers or other caregivers with Covid -19 infection. CDC further states that signs and symptoms of covid-19 among new-borns include fever, lethargy, cough, increased work of breathing, vomiting, diarrhoea, and poor feeding.

Current evidence suggests that Covid-19 infections in new-borns are uncommon. However, if new-borns do become infected, the majority have either asymptomatic infections or mild infections and they recover. Recovery from the baby’s cold is a milestone for parents and babies during the Covid-19 pandemic period. Well, if that is your concern here are all the home remedies and quick tips to take care of your new-borns when it’s their “first time cold”.

Home remedies and quick tips to treat your baby’s first time cold

Hydration and breastfeeding-When fighting with cold breastmilk is the best option for babies under six months to keep them hydrated. Breastmilk contains antibodies that boost the baby’s immunity against colds and other illnesses. For babies over six months, little water at regular intervals and homemade soups can be given for proper hydration.

Humidifier- To keep nasal passages moist and reduce coughing, a humidifier can be used to add moisture in bedrooms.

Steam- Sit with your baby in a steamy bathroom with mist from a warm shower that helps to loosen the mucus within the nasal passages and back of the throat. This will clear the mucus easily as you cuddle your baby in an upright position.

Saline drops and nasal aspirator- Over-the-counter saline drops in the nose followed by a nasal aspirator can be used to clear the nasal passage and loosen the mucus in the back of the throat. This will give your baby much-needed relief as babies can’t blow their own noses.

Medication- After consulting your paediatrician, mild medicine can be given to bring down the fever. A fever beyond 100.4degrees needs immediate doctor’s consultation and should be brought down.

Soothing oil and creams – A bit of Eucalyptus oil or petroleum jelly can be applied on baby’s nostrils to ease irritation from wiping a runny nose.

Ease the breathing through elevation- Raise your baby’s head slightly by putting a folded towel beneath the pillow. This will ease breathing by draining the mucus in the right direction and reducing coughing when the baby is sleeping.

Concluding remarks-

According to paediatricians, the average cold takes 7-10 days to resolve. If your baby is active, playful, and feeding well, visiting a doctor is not necessary. However, if your baby starts to display symptoms like vomiting, diarrhoea, a fever of 101degree, difficulty in breathing, crying while sucking during a feed or pulling, and rubbing ears, a quick trip to your doctor is recommended.

I know from my own experience as a mother that treating your baby’s cold can be stressful, but these little remedies will help you in getting past your child’s first cold.

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