Baby Cold Symptoms and Care
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The baby cold symptoms are :

Sneezing and runny nose

Sore throat

Watery Eyes

Difficult to swallow

Glands may become swollen

May not feel like eating much

Baby may become irritable

A cough may develop

Baby may get a slight fever of 101o to 102o Fahrenheit

Reason for getting cold

One reason that babies get a lot of colds is that their immune systems is immature, making them more vulnerable to illness. Also, your child can develop immunity to only one of the more than 200 different viruses that cause the common cold at a time. As your baby grows, he's likely to be exploring a lot and touching and licking. So it's easy for him to pick up a cold virus on his hands. Then all he has to do is put his fingers in his mouth or nose or rub his eyes, and the virus will get a chance to set up shop. Your baby may get sick more often during the fall and winter months because cold air and indoor heating dry out his nasal membranes, making it easier for a cold virus to get a foothold there.

Baby Care from Cold

If your baby is three months old or less and has cold like symptoms, you should contact a pediatrician immediately. Cold like symptoms in a baby three months old or less are misleading and could lead to a serious ailment.

On the other hand, if your child is more than three months old you should contact a doctor if you notice that he is breathing loudly and his nostrils expand out with each breath. His nails or lips are becoming blue. His mucus is thick, runny and green. He has a cough that hasnít gone a way for more than a week. His ears ache. His temperature is more than 102 degrees Fahrenheit. He has become more drowsy or grouchy.

Care when a cold becomes serious

If a cold has left your little guy's nose constantly running, avoid chapping and irritation by applying a small amount of Vaseline or Aquaphor to the area just below the nose a few times per day. When wiping the nose, use a tissue made with moisturizing lotion, since infants with eczema may carry a staph bacterium in their nose, if you notice scabbing around the nostrils and mouth following a runny nose, call your pediatrician who can prescribe a topical antibiotic to help clear the infection.

Most colds are simply a nuisance. But it's important to take your baby's signs and symptoms seriously. Again, call the doctor at the first sign of illness if your baby is younger than 3 months. If your baby is 3 months or older, call the doctor if he or she:

Isn't wetting as many diapers as usual

Has a temperature higher than 100 F for more than three days

Seems to have ear or sinus pain

Has yellow eye discharge

Has a cough for more than one week

Has thick, green nasal discharge for more than two weeks

Shows any signs of illness that worry you

Seek medical help immediately if your baby:

Refuses to nurse or accept fluids

Coughs hard enough to cause vomiting or changes in skin color

Coughs up blood-tinged sputum

Has difficulty breathing or is bluish around the lips and mouth

Best way to avoid cold

Medical experts tell us there is no cure for the common cold. However, there are ways to alleviate the miserable symptoms your baby undergoes.

The best way for your baby to avoid a cold is to not have him near people who are infected. But if your baby gets a cold, the best thing you can do is make it comfortable for him. Soon his cold symptoms will disappear and he'll be back to health.

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