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Guide Happy parents

infant

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toddler

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Baby’s cold

advice in category: toddler

Nobody likes to have a sore throat and a runny nose, especially a baby, who knows that it feels bad but doesn’t know why, and can’t do anything about it. Remember, however, that most infections in babies are viral and can be dealt with easily if you react soon enough.

First of all, bear in mind that your baby’s response to a cold can be overwhelming in the first days and it’s crucial to stay calm. A temperature of 40 degrees is nothing out of the ordinary - babies usually develop such a high fever. It is a sign of their immune system fighting the disease.

If there are no other symptoms (e.g. diarrhoea, vomiting), your baby probably has a cold. The fastest and easiest way to measure the temperature is in the anus. To do so, lay your baby on one side or on its back, lift the baby’s legs and gently insert the thermometer 1-2 cm deep. Electronic thermometers display the temperature in less than a minute (deduct two-tenths from the given value, e.g. if the thermometer displays 38.5°C, the real temperature is 38.3°C).

Then, administer an appropriate dose (depending on your baby’s weight) of an antipyretic, analgesic and antiphlogistic medicine. It’s best to give it to your baby as a suppository, which is absorbed quickest. Give your baby a lot to drink, optimally lukewarm water with vitamin C or linden tea with raspberry. It’s not true that you should dress your baby in several layers of clothes and cover with a duvet to let it sweat it out, as our grandmothers or mothers used to say. Your baby has to sweat, but not overheat!

Cover it with a blanket or a thin duvet. Air the room often and change your baby’s bedding and clothes every few hours. A cotton vest or a bodysuit and sleepers should do. It’s good to apply a warming liniment on your baby’s feet. Check its temperature every 3-4 hours. After administering an antipyretic medicine the fever often decreases and after a few hours goes up again.This can last for two days.

If your baby also has a runny nose, make sure you clear its nose often. Obviously, a baby can’t blow its nose on its own, so it’s necessary to use special aspirators that enable thorough cleaning of the nose. Make sure you air and humidify the room where the baby sleeps. You can also leave 2-3 drops of oil for easy breathing. Remember to clear the nose frequently, otherwise the baby might get otitis.

All of the above symptoms are usually harmless and if you stay calm, consistent and involved, after 3-4 days your baby should be sound as a bell again. You know your baby best. If you’re worried about its health, go to a doctor you trust.

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