As a new parent, not only will you be sleeping next to your firstborn every single day, you will also find yourself monitoring each little thing your infant goes through. Even if you have given your all to keep the baby warm and healthy, there will come a time when he/she catches his/her first cold.
Do not fret so much, however. It is usually common for your baby to get a cold. All you need to do is take the necessary means to nurse your baby back to health. Because you are new to seeing your child being sick, you might think it will be something as serious as a terminal illness, when in truth it is not. The only time you should consider taking him/her to the doctor is when he/she catches an extremely high fever due to the cold. On the other hand, if your parental instincts tell you that you need to go to the hospital to have your baby checked even without the fever, then perhaps it is best to do so.
Experts say that there is no cure for it, but you can relieve your baby of the symptoms of the common cold. You may discover the answer to your concerns in these quick tips.
If you have a child that is or less than three months old and suffers a cold, seeking medical attention from the pediatrician is recommended. It is imperative to do this right away, as the cold may indicate the baby experiencing a much more complicated condition. And, obviously, you would not want that to happen.
If he/she its first cold at four months or older, try putting them to sleep with the head elevated. Like adults, babies cannot breathe well if they lie flat on the bed when sick with the cold. Putting something under the baby’s pillow or mattress for elevation might help.
Another way to promote better breathing during your babies cold is by using a vaporizer, which releases moisture and steam into the air. The great thing about this is that when you have a cold, you can use it too.
Getting sufficient rest and drinking lots of fluids also alleviate common cold symptoms. The latter is mainly to avoid dehydration, which causes more problems at this stage.
And lastly, always remember: if the symptoms of your baby’s cold is more than you can handle, it would be wise to have a pediatrician check your infant to be able to help treat him/her as soon as possible.
It is normal to almost panic when the baby you love is sick with a cold for the first time. Take my word for it you aren’t the only parent to have a baby with a stuffed nose, watery eyes, and a bad cough. Like all colds it will pass in a few days. This video have some great advice to help ease your fears
I hope you learned a lot about how to care for your newborn baby and will know what to do when it has a cold.