Colds: Tips That Can Help Your Baby
Has your baby caught a bad cold? We have collected 6 tips that help your baby when baby has a cold and full of snot.
A bad cold can put even an adult down, so it’s not good for a baby to be snotty and sluggish. But luckily, as a parent, you can help the little baby relieve the discomfort.
1. Make A Steam Bath
You can alleviate the blockage in the baby’s nose by making a steam bath at home. Let the hot water run in the bath and sit with the baby in the bathroom for 15 minutes while the steam fills the room. The vapor makes relaxed in both the chest and nose.
2. Reduce The Fever
If your child has a fever, you can -according to the doctor’s instructions- give him a fever reducer to beat the fever. There is no reason for your child to have unnecessary pain due to a cold and fever.
However, it is important that you first talk to your doctor – he or she can advise you on dosage and use – and that you then follow the package leaflet carefully.
3. Raise The Head End Of The Bed
Raising the head end of the baby’s bed a little can creates a little passage in the stuffy nose. Do this by placing a few books under the legs of the bed , or a few towels under the mattress, but never use loose pillows directly in the bed for your baby.
4. Get Rid Of The Snot
Even adults fly the flag at half-mast when the nose is completely clogged. So imagine how the baby is doing. He mainly breathes through his nose and has no options to blow his nose, that poor little kitty.
Use saline drops without preservatives to loosen up and pave the way in the nose. The saltwater dilutes the cool snot so the baby can breathe more easily through the nose. Then you can use a nasal aspirator to suck the snot out of the nose. Do this, for example, before the baby eats or goes to sleep.
5. Keep Track Of The Fluid Balance
Regardless of the baby’s age, he must get plenty of fluids when he has to fight a cold.
If your baby is under 4 months, feed with breast milk or a breast milk substitute. From the age of 4 months, he can also get some water, which longer needs to be boiled.
6. Wash Your Hands Again And Again And…
It is estimated that bacteria on the hands are responsible for up to 80 percent of infectious diseases, so everyone who deals with the baby must have clean hands.
Also, remember to clean the baby’s own hands – for example with wet wipes – because the small can transmit infection when he puts his fingers in his mouth. And as you know, most babies do this diligently.