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Keep baby warm: Be sure to keep the baby appropriately warm. ...Read more
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
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
I was told to not use otc meds for cold in babies bcause it doesn't work but is there a possibity that they can cause brain damage?
Cold med's.: Not possible.Get a more detailed answer ›
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
Sorry: Questions are not connected so you need to resend the entire question with clarification again. ...Read more
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
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
If I take my infant daughter 4 a hike during winter (canada), how to make sure she isn't too cold/hot?
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
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?
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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