Symptoms and how we should proceed

With the drop in temperatures that is always suffered in the winter, it is normal that if you have a baby, it may catch a cold, so we should always shelter well, take it to the pediatrician to rule out that it is something more serious and pay attention to whether or not fever occurs, but What do we do with a baby’s cold when it is a newborn? It is not something that cannot happen, so it will be good to recognize the symptoms and know how to proceed with the guidelines that we offer below.

Cold in the newborn

The colds are annoying to everyone be it a child or an adult, but in the case of a baby and especially a newborn, it can also be somewhat repetitive since it is possible that in the same season, the little one catches a cold several times in a row.

This is because the baby’s immune system is still underdeveloped, and this makes him more vulnerable, and thus, although it may seem somewhat surprising, Newborn babies can get colds 4 to 10 times during their first year of life. Let’s not forget that as they grow, babies touch many things, put their fingers in their mouths and their immune system is not yet able to counteract bacteria and seasonal changes. A cold does not endanger the health of a child, But it can be very annoying considering that newborns naturally breathe only through their noses, so if they cannot breathe well, they will be upset and cry when it is time to sleep, when they have to eat or they will simply have a discomfort that Due to his young age, he is also unable to express with words.

For this reason we have to be alert and know if what our newborn has is a cold or not, so that we can treat him appropriately and with it avoid causing more serious infections, such as ear infections or pneumonia.

Cold symptoms in the newborn

And to know if the newborn has a cold or not, it will be good to know the main symptoms (which are also the same as the ones we adults usually have):

  • Congestion nasal and / or runny nose
  • Clear mucus which may become thicker and even greenish yellow and should become clear and flowy again after a few days
  • Low fever in the first days
  • Sneezing, coughing, hoarseness
  • Red eyes

From these symptoms, they should be vigilant to see how they evolve, since if any of the cases occurs which we will list below will be necessary contact the pediatrician immediately:

  • The baby is less than 3 months old and the temperature is 37.5 ° C or more
  • The symptoms from the cold don’t go away after a week
  • The cough gets worse and the child gasps when breathing or have trouble breathing
  • The lips turn blue
  • The child pulls or rubs his ears repeatedly

How is a cold in the newborn treated?

Once the cold arrives, whether it affects a baby or an adult, there is no cure, so even if we are worried, the most normal thing is for the pediatrician to tell us that we should wait for it the cold runs its course and more in the case of a newborn for which it is not recommended at all, the use of medications is recommended, unless the pediatrician himself decides.

What we can do is try to relieve any of the symptoms from the cold such as:

  • Free the nose. There are special tools to suck the mucus from the nose and more when the cold is severe, so you can use these or we can also do a nasal wash with a saline solution.
  • Make the child drink a lot. Fluids are important during a cold, although if it is a newborn baby, your pediatrician may advise you to drink more breast milk (or formula) since it is not necessary to drink an “extra” water.
  • Moisten the air. It is helpful to make the baby breathe in a humid environment. You can run hot water from the shower or bath until the bathroom is steamy and keep the baby there for at least 15 minutes.
  • Don’t forget to use a vaporizer or humidifier: Especially at night, in the environment where the child is staying, it is very useful since it helps to dissolve the phlegm and more if we notice that the baby’s room is too dry or does not have enough humidity.
  • Raise baby’s headby placing a pillow under the mattress, when you sleep so that we can help you breathe better.

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