As a mom you try so hard to keep your newborn from getting sick, you clean everything and wash your hands and don’t let anyone who is remotely sick to come around your baby. Inevitably your baby gets a cold and now you are dealing with your baby being sick.
My newborn who is now 9 weeks suddenly got a cold which I was trying so hard to avoid. My 4 year old has had one on and off for a few weeks and I cleaned and sprayed Lysol and had everyone wash their hands and yet he still got it.
If you are dealing with this I have some great tips to help you get your little one better as soon as possible and when you need to take your baby to the doctor or ER.
Dealing with a sick baby
Having a baby with a cold is heartbreaking, they are miserable and don’t know what is happening to them or why they feel this way.
You may have a very fussy baby on your hands or one that wants to sleep a lot more than usual.
I have some tips for you on how to break up the congestion, help with a cough and what to do if your infant has a fever.
How to deal with congestion
The way to tell if your baby is congested is if they have a stuffy or runny nose.
One of the best ways to relieve it is to us saline drops in your baby’s nose, wait a minute and use the nose frida to suck it out. This is exactly what I did when my infant got a cold and it works wonders.
I know it sounds really gross but you get the mucus out of your baby’s nose and help them breathe better.
You hold it up to your baby’s nose and suck the junk out of their nose and it goes into a tube that has a filter so it won’t go in your mouth and you can see all the stuff you got out, unlike the bulb suckers.
You can also use a cold mist humidifier in your baby’s room to put moisture in the air and break up the congestion so your baby sleeps better.
This one is perfect for your baby’s room and has a light on it to let you know when the water is low and a timer so it can be shut off after a few hours.
For immediate help with congestion I recommend turning the shower to the hottest setting and letting it run till the room fills with steam, then sit in the bathroom with your little one for five to ten minutes.
This works great for babies with croup to help open the airway so they can breathe easier.
Dealing with a cough
Most babies that have colds will start coughing, especially after eating due to the mucus in their nose and throat.
Try to keep your baby upright for a half hour and pat their back gently to help loosen up any mucus.
You may notice them spitting up more at this time, just keep feeding them as long as they will eat.
I usually clean my son’s nose before he eats and sometimes after when it seems like he has more mucus in his nose. It helps him fall asleep better and nap for longer when his nose isn’t bothering him.
If you notice a barking sound or your baby is having trouble breathing or running a temperature of 100.4 for infants under 3 months old, call your doctor.
If you have a newborn under two months call your doctor or go to the ER.
If your baby has a fever
Like I said if your baby is under three months call your doctor or go to the ER for anything over 100.4 as it can be very serious.
A baby under two months with a temperature of 100.4 is considered an emergency, don’t wait to take them in.
A fever is a sign of something else going on, it could be an ear infection or a more serious thing. It is always best to be safe and make sure your little one is doing okay.
Our bodies to fight off infections by turning up the heat so it depends on what the infection is and how old your little one is.
You can give Tylenol alternated with Motrin if your baby is over six months old to help keep the fever down but always check with your doctor first before doing this.
You would give the Tylenol every four hours and the Motrin every six make sure to keep track so you don’t mix up your dosses.
Use a damp cloth on the forehead to help cool your little one down, you can also do a lukewarm bath and make sure to dress them in lightweight clothing.
Keep up the fluids and watch for signs of dehydration like a sunken soft spot, dry diapers, and dry skin.
Take your child in if they show these signs:
- Lethargic or unresponsive
- Problems breathing
- Cranky, fussy, or hard to calm down
- Have a rash
- Dehydration as in no tears, dry diaper, crying, sunken soft spot
- Has a seizure
I’m not trying to freak you out just make you aware of the things you need to watch for.
Hopefully, you don’t have to go through this but if you do know what to look for and when to seek medical attention.
How to keep your baby from being sick with a cold
There are a few things you can do to help keep your baby healthy.
- Make sure to always wash your hands before touching your baby
- Don’t allow people to kiss your little one
- Keep sick people from coming into your house
- Cover your baby when out in public or use a baby carrier
- Use a vitamin D supplement if formula-fed or take one yourself if breastfeeding, this is the one I love and it’s organic!
- Use elderberry syrup to strengthen their immune system and help fight the cold, I recommend one that doesn’t have honey in it because it isn’t safe for babies under a year. This one is for two months and up. If you breastfeed you can take it and your baby will get the benefits from it.
Always consult your doctor before using elderberry syrup just to be safe as I am not a medical professional. It all depends on the ingredients and your baby.
Final thoughts on baby being sick with a cold
Follow your instincts when it comes to your baby if you feel something is wrong seek medical attention.
Your probably right about something else going on with your little one, moms just know these things.
When your baby isn’t feeling well they are going to be fussier and want extra snuggles, cuddle them up and help them feel better.
Don’t forget about doing skin to skin, it helps with so many things and will calm a fussy baby.
When it comes to a cold you have to ride it out and do your best to keep it from coming back over and over.
Make sure to clean toys and items your baby sucks on and wash your hands before and after touching them so you don’t get sick as well.