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Common cold baby


The cold is a common ailment befalling individuals of all ages. Babies, however, are more vulnerable due to a still developing immune system. They are expected to get eight to ten colds in their first two years. It is a respiratory infection caused by different viruses. They are spread by people who also have colds and are usually transmitted through hand contact or when inhaled. It is very common during periods of cold weather because it is easier for the viruses to take root. Staying indoors is a common response to the cold, which in turn leads to more frequent transmissions of the virus.

Babies with colds typically have some or all of the following symptoms:

  • Fevers
  • Coughing
  • Runny nose
  • Sore throat

Those who are suffering the effects of cold generally lose their appetite. It is difficult for the baby to breathe or to eat because they have yet to learn how to breathe through their noses. They also lack the capability to get rid of the mucus that accumulates in their nose.

Methods of prevention

One way to protect the baby from colds is to shield them from people who are suffering from colds themselves. This prevents the transmission of the virus. Another way is to build the immune system through a variety of ways. A good way to do this is through breast feeding, as the antibodies are transferred from mother to child.

Wash your hands

Make sure you wash your hands and your baby’s hands. This will help stop the cold virus spreading. Try to avoid touching you eyes and nose as the cold virus can enter and infect you through this method.

Treatment for a cold

To treat the cold, it is advisable to give the baby plenty of liquids. Water or juices are acceptable options. Giving them plenty of rest is also essential. Wiping the baby’s nose is also advisable as it eases discomfort and allows them to breathe more easily. There are also a variety of medicines available, but it is advisable to consult with a doctor first to ensure proper dosages.

Related links

Infant breathing
Sore Throat
Sore Throat Treatment
Ear Infection
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