Baby's first cold is one milestone every parent could do without. Unfortunately, it's unavoidable. So, when your baby has a cold, how can you help?
Well, there are a few things you can do to help make your baby a little more comfortable during a cold.
What to do for infants first cold
1. Clean Baby's Nose
First, you will want to clean your baby's nose out frequently with a bulb aspirator or a nose frida, and some saline drops.
The saline drops will help loosen hard snot, so that it can be pulled out easier with the aspirator or nose frida.
2. Lots of Fluids
Whether your baby is still drinking breastmilk/formula or is on to cow's milk, when baby has a cold, fluids are important to avoid dehydration.
This is also important if your baby also has a fever, as fevers can dehydrate little ones quickly.
3. Keep an eye on fevers
Always talk with your baby's doctor about fevers and when to call them! Typically, they will have reccommendations depending on your baby's age.
A good pediatricain will also provide you with a Infant Tylenol/Motrin dosage sheet that is safe for your baby.
4. Baby Safe Cough Medicine
If your baby has a cold that is make him/her cough quite a bit, you might also look into some baby friendly cough medicine like Zarbee's.
I wrote an honest review of Zarbee's baby cough medicine here, that you should check out if you have more questions.
In short, this will help calm the cough so that your little one can sleep easier and is safe for babis 2 months and older.
5. When in doubt, call your pediatrician
Most pediatrician offices will have a nurse line that you can call to direct questions or concerns to. If you call them by a certain time, they will usually get back with you quickly.
This can help save you a trip to the doctor's office as they can tell you if it's worth bringing them in or not.
Must have items to help baby
When your baby has a cold, there will be a few items that you will want to have on hand. These were things that after having 2 kids, I learned to always keep in my medicine cabinet.
A nose frida the best product out there to help clean your baby's nose.
Seriously, you will be surprised at how much snot you can get out with this sucker (pun intended). 🙂
With the Nose Frida, you will also want saline drops to help loosen snot and keep your baby's nose from getting too dry.
It's important to be able to check your baby's temperature when baby has a cold. The most accurate way is with a rectal thermometer.
4. Infant tylenol and infant Motrin
5.Zarbee's Baby Cough Medicine
Zarbee's cough syrup is my go-to for when my little ones get coughs. Not only is it safe for baby, it REALLY works!
6. Vicks Vapor rub for baby
When your baby has a cold, vicks baby rub can help your baby sleep easier.
Now you know just what to do if/when your baby has a cold. Thanks for reading! If you enjoyed this, please remember to share it on Pinterest!!
When to worry about baby congestion?
If you start to notice baby having trouble breathing, you need to make an appointment with your pediatrician.
Also, if you notice blue lips, this is another red flag that they aren't getting enough oxygen. Don't wait!
Sleeping position for baby with cold
Your baby should still be sleeping on their back, especially if they have congestion because you don't want anything blocking their airways.
You can also try running a cool mist humidifier to help them breathe a little easier.