Colds are miserable things and to see your baby full of cold is very difficult to bear as a parent. In most cases the symptoms of a cold pass within ten days or so, but while the cold is in full swing, your baby will find it difficult to feed and sleep properly, and will in all likelihood be extremely unhappy. So what can you do to make your baby feel a bit more comfortable?
Over the counter cold remedies are not suitable for babies. You can give a baby aged 3 months or older infant paracetamol if they have a raised temperature, but that’s about it. But don’t worry because there are plenty of cold home remedies you can try if your baby has a nasty cold.
Ease Congestion with Steam
Steam is great for loosening up the mucous in a baby’s chest and helping to clear his nose. There are many ways to create a nice, steamy atmosphere in the room. Running a warm bath will release lots of steam into the bathroom, which will open up your baby’s nasal passages and once he’s in the bath, soothe and relax him ready for bed. Alternatively, use a humidifier in your baby’s bedroom, but make sure it is kept clean.
Clear Baby’s Nose with a Mucous Bulb
A mucous bulb is an easy way to clear a baby’s blocked nose. When a baby’s nose is blocked, he will find it very difficult to feed. If he can’t feed, he will soon become dehydrated, so it is important to try and keep his nose as clear as possible. Since a baby can’t grab a tissue and blow his nose, a baby nose sucker is a handy tool to keep in the bathroom cabinet. They are best used in conjunction with saline solution.
A Breath of Fresh Air
As much as you may be tempted to keep your baby tucked up in a warm house, this is not necessarily the best thing for him. A centrally heated warm room will make his blocked nose even more congested. Your baby will find it easier to breathe in a cooler, less dry atmosphere, so if his nose is blocked, wrap him up nice and warm and take him for a spin in his pram. A change of scenery will do you both the world of good and with a bit of luck, he will fall asleep and stay asleep once you return home.
Fight Fever with Lemons
Lemons are a fragrant way to fight a fever. To help cure a fever in a baby, slice a lemon into a bowl of warm water. This will release the lemon’s fragrant, aromatic oils and help bring your baby’s temperature down. Tepid lemon-infused water can be used to bathe a feverish baby, but do make sure the water is not too cool or hot or it will be uncomfortable for him.
In most cases a baby will recover from a cold within a week, but if you are at all concerned about your baby’s health, ask your doctor for advice.