Table of contents:
- How to Overcome Colds in Babies
- Don't Carelessly Give Cold Medicine to Babies
- Cold Conditions in Babies to Be Careful of
Colds in babies can be caused by various things, from allergies, infections, to irritation due to pollution. This condition usually goes away on its own. However, there are several ways you can do so that your little one can quickly recover from the cold he is experiencing
Colds in babies often make parents worried, especially if the cold they experience doesn't go away and makes the baby fussy all day long.
Well, you need to know that a cold is not a disease, but a symptom or sign of certain conditions or diseases in the respiratory tract, such as flu, sinusitis, rhinitis, or COVID-19.
Before determining how to deal with it, Mother needs to know in advance what is the cause of the cold experienced by the Little One. Apart from the various diseases above, colds in babies can also be caused by exposure to cigarette smoke, dust, or cold weather.
In addition, dust mites and mattresses also often cause allergic rhinitis. The room or cold weather can exacerbate allergic conditions. However, colds will generally go away on their own when the baby has avoided the cause of the cold he is experiencing.
How to Overcome Colds in Babies
Snot discharge during a cold is actually the body's natural mechanism to get rid of germs in the body. However, if the mucus that comes out of the nose is too much, this condition makes it difficult for the baby to breathe.
Well, to overcome this, there are several ways that can be done to relieve cold symptoms in babies, namely:
1. Make sure the baby gets plenty of rest
Sleep is one of the effective ways to deal with cold symptoms in babies, because during sleep the body's immunity can work more optimally in fighting germs or viruses that cause colds. Therefore, it is important for mothers to ensure that their little ones get plenty of rest while they are sick.
2. Make sure the baby sleeps in the right position
So that your little one sleeps more comfortably when they have a cold, you can position your little one's head higher than his body by using an extra pillow. Mother can also apply telon oil and gently pat her back while putting the little one to sleep.
The refreshing aroma of telon oil can make your little one more relaxed, sleep better, and relieve his blocked breathing.
3. Pay attention to the condition of the baby room
Place your little one in a room without air conditioning or AC to reduce nasal congestion. If your little one is more comfortable in an air-conditioned room, use an air humidifier or humidifier to maintain humidity and air quality in the little one's room.
4. Make sure the fluid needs are met
It is important to always meet your little one's fluid needs by regularly giving him water when he is sick. If your little one is still breastfeeding, don't forget to give breast milk regularly.
In addition to preventing your little one from dehydration, the nutritional content in breast milk is also good for increasing the immunity of the little one so that his body is stronger in fighting viruses or germs that cause colds.
5. Use a vacuum cleaner
If the baby's cold is very bothersome, dilute the mucus with s alt water which is dripped into the tip of the baby's nostril. Next, use a baby snot suction device to clean the nose.
Mothers can also use cotton wool moistened with warm water to clean nasal discharge or mucus that has hardened on the Little One's nose.
In addition to the above methods, you can also bathe your little one with warm water to widen the respiratory tract so that he can breathe easier.
Don't Carelessly Give Cold Medicine to Babies
If after doing the above method, the baby's cold condition has not improved or other complaints appear, Mother can provide treatment according to the symptoms experienced by the Little One. For example, if your little one has a fever, you can give fever-reducing drugs such as paracetamol.
However, you need to pay attention that cold medicines on the market are not recommended for children under 6 years old because they can cause dangerous side effects. Also avoid giving the baby aspirin fever reducer because of the risk of causing Reye's syndrome.
To ensure safety, it is recommended that you consult a doctor first before giving any medicine to treat a cold to your little one.
Meanwhile, you can also consider getting your little one a vaccine that can prevent illness or relieve cold symptoms from viral infections, such as the influenza vaccine.
Cold Conditions in Babies to Be Careful of
In addition to taking some of the steps above, you also need to be more alert if your little one's cold is accompanied by the following conditions:
- Cough that doesn't go away or is accompanied by rapid breathing and a wheezing sound when the baby breathes
- Fever over 390 Celsius for children under 3 months old or fever over 400 Celsius in children over 3 months and lasts more than 2 days
- Cold doesn't get better after 10–14 days
- Shortness of breath or wheezing
- Don't want to eat, drink or breastfeed
If your little one experiences any of the symptoms above, you should immediately take him to the doctor so he can undergo an examination. This is important because it could be a sign that he has a more serious condition, such as pneumonia.
Colds in babies are generally not dangerous. However, you must also remain vigilant. If your little one's cold is accompanied by the above symptoms, immediately take him to the doctor to get the right treatment and of course it's safe for the baby.