Colds are inevitable. We’re bound to get them at least once a year, sometimes more. For children, a cold is more likely. Their immune systems are young and immature, which means some colds can last up to 10 days! Here’s how you can make your little one feel better.
1. Fight the Symptoms
The cold is a virus that can’t be cured. The virus rapidly changes, so targeted treatments aren’t effective. Our bodies can naturally beat it, so our best course of action is to combat the symptoms. Focus on making your baby as comfortable as possible and offering lots of fluids.
2. Offer Lots of Comfort
Babies can’t rationalize their illness like you or I. Their bodies feel miserable, but they don’t understand what’s happening. You might find that your child is especially affectionate and cuddly, or wants to feed from the breast or bottle more. Extra feeding is fine because baby will need to stay hydrated.
3. Clear Out the Nose
A stuffed nose is particularly irritating for a baby. Their faces feel woolen and they can’t feed at their usual pace because they can’t breathe. All that mucus needs to come out. Make sure baby is hydrated so the mucus thins out and use a tool like oogiebear to clean out the nostrils. Use the scoop end for dried boogers and the loop end for the sticky stuff.
4. Steam the Air
Moist air helps loosen mucus and relieve pressure in the nasal passages and sinus cavity. Leave a humidifier running in the room your child is sleeping or playing in. Or, you can run the hot water in your bathroom shower, lay a towel against the bottom of the door, and relax in the steamy room for a few minutes.
5. Elevate the Head
You can relive your baby’s postnasal drip by elevating his or her head slightly at night. Place a few rolled up towels beneath the mattress on the side your baby lies his or her head.
6. Skip Antibiotics
Some well-intentioned parents insist their doctor prescribe antibiotics to treat their child. Antibiotics are used to combat bacterial infections, not viruses (like the cold).
7. Watch the Symptoms
The symptoms of a cold are common and often disguise other illnesses. If your baby has a runny discharge from the nose that becomes thick and goopy, a fever, sensitivity around joints and muscles, pulls or hits at his/her ears, or has a fever, the problem might be a flu or ear infection. Always evaluate the whole set of symptoms.
Guest Blog by Dr. Nina Farzin, Inventor of oogiebear
Nina is a wife, mother and career professional who never intended to start her own business. When her children were newborns, she ached to ease the discomfort from dry, stubborn, crusty mucus (boogers)! As a doctor, she knew there were no safe solutions on the market to help her kids, so she invented oogiebear, a revolutionary booger removal tool that helps babies breathe easier.
Nina graduated Howard University where she earned her doctorate in Pharmacy (R.Ph, Pharm.D). She is a Registered Pharmacist in Washington DC, Maryland and New York. Nina and her family are fitness enthusiasts who enjoy outdoor activities and healthy eating.
For more information, please visit myoogie.com.
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