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A common cold is a viral infection of the upper respiratory tract — your baby's nose and throat. Nasal congestion and a runny nose are the primary signs of common cold in babies.
Babies are especially susceptible to the common cold, in part because they're often around other older children who don't always wash their hands. In fact, within the first year of life, most babies have up to seven colds. Younger babies have immature immune systems, and have had limited time to acquire immunity to common viruses.
The baby cold symptoms are….
· Sneezing and runny nose
· Watery eyes
· May not feel like eating much
· Baby may become irritable
· Baby may get a slight fever of 101o to 102o Fahrenheit
· Sore throat
Reason for getting cold
One reason that babies get a lot of colds is that their immune systems is immature, making them more vulnerable to illness. Also, your child can develop immunity to only one of the more than 200 different viruses that cause the common cold at a time. As your baby grows, he's likely to be exploring a lot and touching and licking. So it's easy for him to pick up a cold virus on his hands. Then all he has to do is put his fingers in his mouth or nose or rub his eyes, and the virus will get a chance to set up shop. Your baby may get sick more often during the fall and winter months because cold air and indoor heating dry out his nasal membranes, making it easier for a cold virus to get a foothold there.
What Parents Can Do….
As parents, our job is to meet our infants' needs. With the run-of-the-mill cold virus, sometimes doing less is better with easy cold and flu remedies. Medications for young infants that are safe and effective for cold symptoms are … well … infant Tylenol. There are no decongestants, expectorants, cough suppressants, or magic potions that work in infants. It makes life simple, but frustrating.
One of the most important things you can do to minimize your infant's exposure is to simply wash your hands. Washing with soap and water for three minutes (or Purell for 15 seconds) works extremely well to kill most viruses and bacteria.The active ingredient in Purell or other hand sanitizers is alcohol.
Medical experts tell us there is no cure for the common cold. However, there are ways to alleviate the miserable symptoms your baby undergoes.
The best way for your baby to avoid a cold is to not have him near people who are infected. But if your baby gets a cold, the best thing you can do is make it comfortable for him. Soon his cold symptoms will disappear and he'll be back to health.
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