Watching your little baby struggle through their first cold is hard for any mom. If your baby goes to daycare then they may be even more susceptible to frequent viruses, although all babies are likely to catch a cold at least once during their first year. Breastfeeding can help provide your baby with a good first line of defense against these nasty viruses, but some treatment may be needed if the sniffles do set in.
What Medicines Can My Baby Take?
Unfortunately, many of the medicines that you may take to treat cold and flu as an adult won’t be suitable for your infant. Most cough, cold and flu medications available over the counter are not suitable for any children under the age of six, and will be particularly damaging to babies. What’s more, many of these drugs do very little to treat the actual virus, they just ease up the symptoms until your body wins the fight. They are unlikely to actually shorten the duration of the illness itself.
If your baby has a fever that accompanies his cold and seems very uncomfortable, you can talk to your doctor about giving him infant-appropriate acetaminophin or ibuprofen. You should never give your baby aspirin, as this can cause a dangerous condition known as Reyes Syndrome.
If you do decide to give your baby a pain relieving medication like acetaminophin to treat their fever, be very cautious and follow the recommended dosage, as these medications can be very dangerous in overdose.
How Can I Ease The Symptoms?
Do I Need A Doctor?
If your baby is under three months old, you should always go to the doctor at any sign of illness. After three months, take your baby to the doctor if their fever goes over 101 degrees.
There are certain symptoms that always warrant a doctor’s visit. If your baby has had a fever that goes on for more than two days, has a severe cough or trouble breathing, seems to have discomfort in his ear that suggests an infection or has a major change in sleeping or feeding habits, then head straight to your doctor to get them checked over.