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Colds are one of the he alth problems that often occur in babies. However, sometimes this condition can be dangerous. There are several cold symptoms in babies that need to be watched out for, because they can signal a serious illness
Babies do not have the immune system as strong as adults, so they can easily get sick, including colds. Even when aged 0-12 months, babies can catch colds up to 7 times.
Although often colds in babies can heal on their own, this does not mean that this condition should be taken lightly. There are several symptoms that you need to pay attention to, because they can be a sign that your little one is suffering from a more severe condition.
Symptoms of Colds in Babies to Watch Out for
Although it often occurs in infants and children, complaints of colds should immediately receive medical attention if they occur in children less than 3 months old.
Meanwhile, for infants and children who are older, the symptoms of a cold must be immediately checked by a doctor if accompanied by a fever that lasts for more than two days.
In addition, you also need to be alert and see a doctor immediately if your little one's cold is accompanied by the following other symptoms:
- High fever
- Shortness of breath
- Breath sounds, for example wheezing
- Cough that lasts more than 2 days, especially if it is accompanied by a lot of phlegm or blood splashes
- Urinating or defecating less often than usual
- Frequent vomiting
- Pale skin or bluish lips and nails (cyanosis)
- Don't want to suckle or eat or cry while breastfeeding
- Sneezing, runny nose and red eyes
- More fussy than usual and always looks sleepy
- Earache or your little one often tugs or rubs his ears
Colds in babies accompanied by some of the above symptoms can be a sign of a more serious condition, such as pneumonia. Therefore, Mom and Dad need to immediately take your little one to the doctor when they find he has a cold which is followed by these symptoms.
Treating Colds in Babies
Seeing a baby with a cold must make you as a parent feel anxious. Even so, there are several efforts you can do to relieve your little one's complaints, namely:
- Make sure he gets enough rest.
- Keep his head higher so he can breathe easier.
- Give breast milk or formula regularly to prevent dehydration. Breast milk can also strengthen the baby's immune system to fight infections that cause colds.
- Drain mucus or mucus with a special baby snot suction device.
- Placing your little one in a room without air conditioning. If necessary, use a humidifier to help loosen the mucus that is blocking the nose and relieve coughing.
- Keep your little one away from cigarette smoke or dust.
In addition to the several methods above, you can also relieve colds in babies using sterile saline (sterile saline) nasal drops. But if you are unsure about using it, it's better to take your little one to the doctor to get the treatment.
So that your little one doesn't catch colds often, don't forget to complete the immunization schedule and keep your little one away from people who are sick with the flu.
When your little one has a cold, avoid giving him cold or cough relievers that are widely sold over-the-counter. If you want to use medicine to relieve cold symptoms, it is better to consult directly with your pediatrician. Especially if your little one has cold symptoms that you need to watch out for above.