Top
30
Doctor insights on: Baby Colds

Share
2

2
What is the best sleeping position for babies with cold and cough?

What is the best sleeping position for babies with cold and cough?

On their back: Sleeping on the back with the head slightly elevated. You can use a folded towel underneath the head end of the mattress (not directly under the baby's head like a pillow.). ...Read more

3

3
Is there any foods or vitamins that increase resistance against infections (cough & cold) in babies?

Is there any foods or vitamins that increase resistance against infections (cough & cold) in babies?

Infections: Babies are born with acquired immunity passed on from their mothers before birth. Unfortunately the effectiveness of these antibodies start fading by 6 mos. Breastfeeding often enhances their immunity by antibodies passed through breast milk against respiratory and gastrointestinal infections. This immunity can be fostered by adequate intakes of fruits, vegetables and protein. ...Read more

5

5
My babies complain of common cold how can I treat them without medication (they are 6 months) there is no fever just runing nose and congestion?

My babies complain of common cold how can I treat them without medication (they are 6 months) there is no fever just runing nose and congestion?

Saline: Cold meds we use as adults or with older kids reduce drainage by using meds that dry ; thicken the drainage. Babies are dependent on narrow nasal passages that will block with thickened drainage. Your best rx for infants is to use generous amounts of saline nose wash and occasional suction to keep their nasal passages clear. Clean it as often as needed ; avoid all the stuff for old kids. ...Read more

6

6
What is good medicine for an infant with a cold?

What is good medicine for an infant with a cold?

None: No cold medication is recommended for children under the age of 6 years, especially an infant. Use of saline nasal spray with nasal aspiration is something that may help relieve nasal symptoms. ...Read more

8

8
How do I prevent my infant from catching cold?

How do I prevent my infant from catching cold?

Good Hygiene: The only way to keep an infant from getting sick is by keeping them away from sick people. It is also very important to have everyone wash their hands well before touching the baby. ...Read more

9

9
Should I travel with an infant if he has a cold?

Should I travel with an infant if he has a cold?

Depends on variables: This varies with the intensity of the symptoms and your need for travel. If you know you will have available backup healthcare where you are going it is less a problem. If the kids misery would make the trip a real burden I would consider delaying or skipping it altogether. ...Read more

10

10
Is it good to give antiallergy medication to my infant during common cold?

Is it good to give antiallergy medication to my infant during common cold?

No known benefit: Antihistamines have a drying effect on any mucous production and will thicken secretions. For many years they have been used to "dress up" kids & make them look less sickly (draining nose, etc.)they have no known benefit to the child during a cold & may thicken the mucous to the point it is harder to cough out. ...Read more

11

11
Should you treat a cold in an infant or should you allow the infant build immunity?

Should you treat a cold in an infant or should you allow the infant build immunity?

Treat the symptoms: I'm not a pediatrician, but I think I can answer this anyway. There is no specific treatment for a cold; immunity to the particular strain of cold virus will occur no matter what you do. Treating the symptoms of a cold will not interfere with that process. ...Read more

12

12
If I take my infant daughter 4 a hike during winter (canada), how to make sure she isn't too cold/hot?

If I take my infant daughter 4 a hike during winter (canada), how to make sure she isn't too cold/hot?

Hypthermia: Hypothermia develops when a child's temperature falls below normal due to exposure to colder temperatures. It often happens when a youngster is playing outdoors in extremely cold weather without wearing proper clothing or when clothes get wet. It can occur more quickly in children than in adults.
Aap recommends several thin layers will keep them dry and warm. Don’t forget warm boots, gl. ...Read more

13

13
Yesterday was the worst day of my cold and today was a lot better. Will it be safe to interact with family babies visiting in 5 days?

Yesterday was the worst day of my cold and today was a lot better. Will it be safe to interact with family babies visiting in 5 days?

Probably fine but...: You have to clear it with the probably over anxious parents. Also get several boxes of Kleenex tissues and a few large size bottles of those alcohol-based hand washes and always use them before picking up the infant. ...Read more

14

14
Can you fly if infant has a cold?

Can you fly if infant has a cold?

Yes: They can be a bit more fussy than usual, but I don't think this is significant for most. ...Read more

15

15
What is the effective cure for colds in premature babies?

What is the effective cure for colds in premature babies?

Clean the nose: First, because babyes are nose breathing. Tylrnol for fever. Humidifayer also helps. ...Read more

16

16
What r home made remedies for flu n cold for my babies 27 n 7 months?

What r home made remedies for flu n cold for my babies 27 n 7 months?

Flu/Cold V/S Infuenz: Cold, runny nose, cough usually seasonal, viral. Home remedies: drink more fluid, saline nasal drop/spray 4-6 times/d and suck mucous with bulb syringe, humidifier or Vicks Vaporizer in room. 1 yr or old can have 1 teaspoon honey X2/day, reduce milk intake for 5-7 days.
Continue breast feeding. If high fever, fast/labored breathing see pediatrician to check for Influenza and treat accordingly. ...Read more

17

17
What is the most effective cure for colds in premature babies?

What is the most effective cure for colds in premature babies?

Time: And simple supportive care. Sit the child up to help drainage, suction the nose and mouth to clear mucous and (if available), a humidifier in the room - all may help. ...Read more

19

19
Does drinking cold milk have any disadvantages? Can it be given to babies?

Does drinking cold milk have any disadvantages? Can it be given to babies?

Not for babies<1 yo: Cold milk is a safe beverage for most above 1 years old. Infants under 1 yo should ideally get human breast milk: cow milk infant formulas and other infant formulas are an okay substitute. Check in with your pediatrician if you have other nutrition questions. ...Read more

20

20
Is nebulising with normal saline equivalent to giving steam to a 2.5 month ok infant for cold and congestion?

Is nebulising with normal saline equivalent to giving steam to a 2.5 month ok infant for cold and congestion?

OK for some to use: If a kid is playful and feeding well, but has nasal congestion and cough, I often use this if the parents have the equipment. The object is to help loosen the mucous and I find this can work as well or better than steaming a shower or using a vaporizer. If the kids work of breathing is visibly increased, feedings are off and the kid is not playful, an office eval would be in order. ...Read more

21

21
Should I be worried about my babies health if I still smoke cigarettes at 5 weeks? I'm trying to cut down but can't quit cold turkey.

Should I be worried about my babies health if I still smoke cigarettes at 5 weeks? I'm trying to cut down but can't quit cold turkey.

Keep trying: We know the nicotine has a negative effect on the quality of your placenta and how well it transfers nutrients. Its effect is dose related, so the fewer smokes you do the less it messes with baby. Keep at it. Don't worry about a cleft palate or 3 eyes or other scary stuff. You just don't need a shrimpy baby with a possibility of learning issues later in life who grows up wanting to smoke. ...Read more

22

22
Can I give my son disudrin? He had his cold this morning only. He is 1 year old. I usually give him disudrin if he has colds since he's an infant.

Can I give my son disudrin? He had his cold this morning only. He is 1 year old. I usually give him disudrin if he has colds since he's an infant.

Phenylpropanolamine: Disudrin contains phenylproanolamine, a drug withdrawn from the US market due to a link to hemorrhagic stroke in women. I would not recommend using this medication. ...Read more

23

23
What to do if infant got a cold/flu?

What to do if infant got a cold/flu?

Totally possible: Infants have some minimal protection from their mother's antibodies when they are first born but, they are susceptible to viral infection just like the rest of us. This is why it is recommended to practice faithful hand hygiene when handling newborns and infants so that we don't share our germs with them and overwhelm their little immune systems.
If your baby is ill, seek immediate care. ...Read more

24

24
Can cold weather make babies sick?

Can cold weather make babies sick?

No: Cold weather does not make you sick, but it may seem so as there always seems to be something going "around" in winter. The exception might be babies who have respiratory problems such as asthma, where breathing cold air might trigger an episode.
Also, breathing cold air makes your nose "runny" not because you are sick, but, the nose has to create moisture when the air is cold and dry. ...Read more

25

25
Is Febrex Plus syrup good for infant (4-5 month old) to get rid of cold?

Is Febrex Plus syrup good for infant (4-5 month old) to get rid of cold?

No: Colds are caused by viruses. Colds have no cure and are self limiting. Aim is to make the infant / child comfortable. Febrex plus syrup has paracetamol (safe) an antihistamine called chlorpheniramine (not safe) and an oral nasal decongestant phenylephrine (not safe). This combination shd be avoided in infants and children. Can cause dryness, sedation, irritability at times and high BP. ...Read more

26

26
Is it possible for me to give infant tyelnol with hylands4kids cold and cough night time?

Is it possible for me to give infant tyelnol with hylands4kids cold and cough night time?

See below: From my point of view as an allopathic physician, I don't recommend any otc meds except tylenol (acetaminophen) for infant. The I don't know if there have been any controlled studies looking at the efficacy and safety of the ingredients in hylands 4 kids cold and cough, therefore, I can't say whether they are safe. ...Read more

27

27
If my infant of two months has a cold for three days should I be worried? How long is too long?

Depends: Watch for difficulty sucking or breathing. Look for fever, irritability, listlessness or vomiting. If these symptoms occur call your pediatrician. May last a week or so. ...Read more

28

28
I work in a nursery with babies 6months+ and children up to 5years old and since I started IV been gettin colds and flu alot. What could minimize this?

I work in a nursery with babies 6months+ and children up to 5years old and since I started IV been gettin colds and flu alot. What could minimize this?

Time & handwashing: In time you will have had enough of the airborne viruses that your immunity builds up & these become less frequent. After a basic number you become resistant to new strains. Good hand washing around diaper changing & working with toys or bottles also helps. Adults put their hands to their face often & transfer viruses off their fingers leading to illness. ...Read more

29

29
Ultrasonic humidifier or vaporizer for babies to get ride of cold?

Ultrasonic humidifier or vaporizer for babies to get ride of cold?

Cool humidifier: In my medical opinion, the cool mist ultrasonic humidifier is preferable to the hot vaporizer due to the safety concerns of the heating of the water with potential injury posed by the vaporizer. Furthermore, experientially, parental feedback indicates that the cool humidifier seems to provide a more calming cough relief than the hotter vaporizer. ...Read more

30

30
10 months old infant has caught cold and is sneezing. What should I do? I don't want him to take medicines so early in life.

10 months old infant has caught cold and is sneezing. What should I do? I don't want him to take medicines so early in life.

See your Peds: If cold symptoms persist see your Pediatrician, if this is a cold that is most likely viral and medication is not needed. You may want to keep your child's nose clear with saline drops and possible gentle suctioning with a nasal suction bulb. ...Read more