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Is it okay to give my newborn cold formula? He is only 4days old our room temperature purified water gallon is kinda cold I didn't realize until now
Some good, some bad: Simple colds newborns usually have fairly good resistance to through antibodies the mother has in her system. True influenza, though, varies a lot. If the mother received an influenza vaccine during the pregnancy, there are protective antibodies the baby has received that help a lot. But if mom is not vaccinated for that year, newborns are at great risk for influenza and can become very ill. ...Read more
See a doctor: Newborns aré very delicate and, up to around two months of age are at a higher risk of developing more serious infections. In general, no cold medications should be given to a newborn, only normal saline nose drops, to help clear and humidify secretions. Your baby's doctor should examine him and determine the right treatment and if tests need to be done. ...Read more
Long term effects for adults that had phototherapy as a newborn? I'm always cold. I had phototherapy as a newborn in the 1970s.
Saline nose drops:
You should get the baby checked by the pediatrician if baby is irritable, running fever, not feeding well and if breathing fast
for just nasal congestion without any other symptoms you can use saline nasal drops followed by gentle suction till you see the pediatrician. ...Read more
The face and scalp: Are very vascular and as such are a source of heat loss. This is more important in newborns as the scalp makes up a larger percentage of body surface area than in the adult and is a larger source of body heat loss. Put the lid on the kid... So to speak. ...Read more
Perhaps: The hospital may have rules against you visiting. However, as long as you wear a mask and don't handle the baby you should be able to visit. ...Read more
I've had a cold for 4 days now, I have a newborn. Would she have contracted it by now? Am I still contagious?
The common cold can be caused by a bunch of different viruses; some only take a couple days from time of exposure until symptoms start; others can take up to a week! So it is possible that your baby has already contracted a virus and hasn't yet shown symptoms. Also, keep in mind that you will remain contagious until ~5-6 days after the start of your own symptoms. Hope that helps! ...Read more
Not likely to catch:
Breastfeeding an 8-week-old makes it less likely she'll catch the family cold.
In addition to immune factors and targeted antibodies in breast milk, young babies do still have some remaining protection from respiratory viruses transferred from their mothers before birth, making colds less likely.
The peak age for colds is 6 to 12 months old, when inherited immunity is fading. ...Read more
I have a 4-week-old baby. How do you know when they have a cold as opposed to normal newborn congestion?
?irritants?: The first months are troubled by narrow nasal passages & exposure to dust, fragrences, smoke & other irritants. Baby tries to flush these out of the nose with mucous but this often ends as congestion &cough. It also produces rattling with breathing. The best rx is washing out the nose with saline &suctioning the remainder. Eliminate irritants from babies environment & this will happen less. ...Read more
Are there any other reasons for congestion in newborns besides reflux? Oh, in the absence of cold symptoms.
36wks preg full term soon. Anything I can do to help things along?Also, I am recovering frm a cold-worried of labour & newborn while still recovering?:(
Be patient: One thing I always tell my patients is that mother nature is smarter than we are. Be patient and don't try to "hurry it along". Your baby needs every week possible to develop fully and trying to induce your own labor before it is time can cause serious problems with your baby; so let mother nature do her job! At 36 weeks, your cold should be well on its way out by the time you deliver; no worries! ...Read more
Newborn is really congested. Doc said normal from amniotic fluid. How long can it last? How can I tell difference between cold??
Yes: She can be in the same room. ...Read more
What can I give my newborn daughter who is 5 weeks old and has a cold, nose is stuffy, she's coughing and sneezing?
Nasal saline: Nasal saline followed by suctioning is the only thing that is recommended at this age. There is nothing safe to give by mouth. ...Read more
What can I give my newborn if she has a cold and her saliva is sort of thick and she has runny nose/congestion?
Nasal saline: A nasal wash out of her nose with saline can remove some irritants & thin out the mucous. Sometimes you must wash out the nose using saline like a garden hose to be effective. ...Read more
I've had a dry cough with no cold symptoms for 3 wks. I have a newborn and have my whooping cough shot. I'm breastfeeding. What should I do?
I have had a cold for ten days. Noticing my lower throat getting tight with deep breaths. Have a newborn and was wondering if it could be pneaumonia.
My 9 month old has a cold sore on his top lip. Is it dangerous at this age like it is for a newborn? I covered it with a polysporin (bacitracin and polymyxin) patch.
Cold sore: If he has never had this before then I would suggest you get it checked out as nine month olds do not often get cold sores ...Read more
18/month son keeps getting cold, sinus infection, ear infection. Wife had negative prenatal screening and son had negative newborn screening. CF?
Doubt it: Young children frequently get colds, called upper respiratory infections (URI's), which often lead to ear infections. 3-4 ear infections per ear in the first few years may be considered average, with some children even more prone than others due to different exposures to germs like being in a daycare settings etc. While he should get better by age 3-4 yrs, make sure to get his hearing checked. ...Read more
See below: They are pediatricians that are undergoing further training. This training will help them to provide care for premature and sick babies. During their training, they will be involved with the care of neonates and help educate pediatric residents. ...Read more
Affects babies <1mo: In cultures where tetanus immunization is not common, babies are born without any tetanus protection they would otherwise gain from their mother. If you add this to inconsistant hygene, unsterile tools used at delivery, or the application of dung(in some cultures) to speed the separation of the umbilical cord stump, these babies may acquire tetanus and die in the first month. ...Read more
Depends on location: Neonatal tetanus is more common in situations where mom was never immunized or incompletely immunized leaving the baby without maternal protection at birth. Add that to the localized practices & problems result. Cutting the cord with a contaminated blade, or the application of dung (practiced in some cultures) to speed cord stump separation & there's a good chance baby will get neonatal tetanus. ...Read more
Depends on the state: Many states have either few or extensive tests on the newborn for treatable or significant conditions. In my state dozens are covered including phenylketonuria, sickle cell, thyroid and too many others to mention. Sometimes we check for anemia, blood sugar or infection, : blood tests for ABO reactions are common if mom is o+ and we commonly test for jaundice without drawing blood using a meter. ...Read more
Varies: Depending on the status of the newborn (normal, premi, undersized, oversized, infant of diabetic, etc) the testing varies. With some, the basic testing includes metabolic screening for a variety of conditions. In my state, about 27 conditions are part of the screening. Other states vary. ...Read more
Its tiring!: Newborns are not hard to take off — they only need a couple things. They need to eat often, sleep often and be cuddled lots. However, those things are very tiring to new parents, which can make it feel like the hardest job you have ever taken on. If you are feeling overwhelmed or stressed with your new one talk to your doctor. ...Read more
You decide: Newborns get the majority of their feeding in the first 5-10 minutes of the feeding, and the rest of the time after that is just sucking/suckling time for pleasure and comfort. If you have time and nipples are not too sore, it's fie to let them do this a couple of times a day. If your nipples are very sore, or you are pressed for time, the 10 minutes is long enough to get the nutrition they need. ...Read more