A common cold is, as the name suggests, one of the most common and irritating ailments your newborn may have, and even though a cold in itself is completely harmless.
The cold symptoms may have severe repercussions on your babyâ€™s health and wellbeing, and may turn a happy go lucky cheerful baby into a moody and irritable one.
You may be aware of the fact that the symptoms for a common cold will last for a few days at a stretch, and the most you can do for your baby is to try to alleviate the symptoms at least a little so that your baby feels relief.
Here are some tips on bringing relief to your newborn baby from the common cold:
- The best method is to prevent your baby catching a cold. You could do this by avoiding contact with the person who has a cold: the virus will spread notoriously quickly.
- Teach your child to hold a cloth over his nose when he is close to the person with the cold, in order to avoid contact with the droplets that are let out when the person sneezes. Similarly, teach your child to hold a cloth over his nose when he suffers from the cold, so that he may be able to avoid infecting healthy children around him.
- Keep your baby room warm so that there is less chance of him getting cold. Also keep your baby toys clean and free of dust and dirt. This will minimize the chances of infection spreading.
- As a parent, you must make sure that your hands are clean all the time. Even so, before you handle your baby, make sure that you wash your hands with clean soap and water, as this action will help get rid of infection causing bacteria from your hands and body.
- Make sure your baby drinks plenty of fluids. Experts advise that the more fluid intake there is, the better the chances are of flushing the virus out of the system quickly.
- Make sure that your baby does not get over excited when he has developed a cold already. Keep him warm and make sure he is wrapped up snugly.
Keep him comfortable and happy; he will get over the cold within a few days.
However, if you suspect that everything is not all right with your baby, do not hesitate to see a doctor immediately, as the symptoms of pneumonia and other similar illnesses mimic those of the common cold in the initial stages, and the earlier treatment is sought, the lower the risks for the baby.