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What to give my newborn (6wks) for a cold?

What to give my newborn (6wks) for a cold?

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

Dr. Jeffrey Wint
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Neonatal (Definition)

The term neonatal is generally used to describe events that occur with an infant within the first 30 days after birth. Some practitioners are looser with the definition & extend the ...Read more


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How effectively do newborns fight off colds and flus?

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

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Can u give a newborn cold brest milk?

Can u give a newborn cold brest milk?

Yes: Some may not accept it because they have the habit/tastes different from the warm, but there is no specific reason not. ...Read more

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Should a newborn wear a hat at all times when it's cold outside?

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

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Can I still visit a newborn baby when I have a cold?

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

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How do you treat a newborn with a cold and no fever?

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

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I've had a cold for 4 days now, I have a newborn. Would she have contracted it by now? Am I still contagious?

I've had a cold for 4 days now, I have a newborn. Would she have contracted it by now? Am I still contagious?

Still contagious: Hi!
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

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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

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

Not cold: Most babies seem to prefer their formula at room temperature or slightly warm. Cold formula in such a young baby may cause low temperatures. All the best and I hope this helps. ...Read more

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If mom has a cold how can I prevent my newborn from getting it to?

If mom has a cold how can I prevent my newborn from getting it to?

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

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I have a 4 week old baby. How do you know when they have a cold as opposed to normal newborn congestion?

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

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Are there any other reasons for congestion in newborns besides reflux? Oh, in the absence of cold symptoms.

Are there any other reasons for congestion in newborns besides reflux? Oh, in the absence of cold symptoms.

Yes: Silent aspiration, where the baby, when nippling, has a poor or abnormal swallow and the formula or breastmilk goes down the trachea (windpipe). Also, if there is a heart problem, the first signs can be failure which can present as congestion. ...Read more

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Long term effects for adults that had phototherapy as a newborn? I'm always cold. I had phototherapy as a newborn in the 1970s.

Not related...: If you are referring to phototherapy for a neonatal jaundice (elevated bilirubin), this would not cause the symptom you describe. Have you seen a health care provider for this? Have you had your thyroid function checked (simple blood test)? ...Read more

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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? : (

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

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Is it safe for someone with a cold sore to be around our newborn (4 days old)?

Is it safe for someone with a cold sore to be around our newborn (4 days old)?

No: No one with active cold sores (herpes) should be around a new born. If that is not practical use extremely good hand washing and do not allow the baby to come in direct contact with the lesion. ...Read more

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Newborn is really congested. Doc said normal from amniotic fluid. How long can it last? How can I tell difference between cold??

Newborn is really congested. Doc said normal from amniotic fluid. How long can it last? How can I tell difference between cold??

Signs: Respiratory rate 40-60 without evidence of increased work of breathing. If mucous buildup apparent, humidifier with cool mist and occasional nasal saline drops in nose 2-3 times a day helpful. If fever or yellow-green secretions there, or poorly feeding, see pediatrician ...Read more

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What can I give my newborn daughter who is 5 weeks old and has a cold, nose is stuffy, she's coughing and sneezing?

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

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What can I give my newborn if she has a cold and her saliva is sort of thick and she has runny nose/congestion?

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 of the irritants & thin out the mucous. Sometimes you must wash out the nose using saline like a garden hose to be effective. ...Read more

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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'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?

Not much: There is an infection going around. If you were contagious, you're probably over it by now and any exposure risks have already been there. After a lung infection, the inflammation typically stays for weeks after the infection ...Read more

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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.

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

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18/month son keeps getting cold, sinus infection, ear infection. Wife had negative prenatal screening and son had negative newborn screening. CF?

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

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What is the role of neonatal fellows?

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

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What is neonatal tetanus?

What is neonatal tetanus?

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

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What is neonatal nursing?

What is neonatal nursing?

Neonatal nurses: They are nurse who have extra training and experience to take care of newborns at the neonatal ICU. Those babies could be in the hospital due to prematurity, infections, congenital anomalies, depression or difficult transition around time of birth, etc ...Read more

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How common is neonatal tetanus?

How common is neonatal tetanus?

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

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What tests are done on newborns?

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

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What tests are done on a newborn?

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

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Are newborns hard to take care of?

Are newborns hard to take care of?

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

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How long can a newborn feed up to?

How long can a newborn feed up to?

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

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Can I take my newborn into public?

Can I take my newborn into public?

No: Newborns are more prone to infection so you wouldn't think of having someone with a "cold" or fever be around the baby in your house where you can control who visits. Therefore, for at least the first few weeks during seasons other than winter (when there's fewer infections around) and for longer during the winter season, no malls, supermarkets, airports & the like. Walks and drives are fine. ...Read more

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My newborn won't eat! Please help?

My newborn won't eat! Please help?

See your doctor: A baby who won't eat needs to be seen right away by a pediatrician or family practice doctor. ...Read more

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What is acute neonatal hydramnios?

About the fetus: When the fetus is developing their is too much fluid in the uterine sac for fetal development. ...Read more

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What causes newborn to be jittery?

What causes newborn to be jittery?

JITTERINESS;: Newborn are normally jittery for sometime, refluxes are brisk, jark with sound, light, simple movement like taping the bed, etc. This is due to immaturity of nervous system, incomplete myelinization of axons, immaturity of neurotransmitters in brain, etc. Other causes: birth asphyxia (less oxygen), insult/injury to brain, poor feeding with low blood glucose, low calcium, maternal drugs, etc. ...Read more

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My newborn won't eat. What can I do?

Call: Call your Pediatrician. Newborns can quickly become dehydrated. ...Read more

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Can I take my newborn out in public?

It depends: Well, yes and no. In the first few months, it's best to avoid large groups of people so as to minimize your baby's exposure to infection. Your newborn's immune system is still immature and he is more susceptible to infection than an older child is. Even a cold in a toddler can cause serious breathing problems in an infant. It's still okay though (and good!) to take your baby for walks outside. ...Read more

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What is neonatal nurse practitioner?

What is neonatal nurse practitioner?

Just like it sounds: A nurse practitioner that specializes in neonatal medicine. ...Read more

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How much should a newborn be eating?

Depends: A brand newborn (1-3 days old) may eat only 1/2 ounce at a time, but a rule of thumb is 2.5 ounces per pound, per 24 hours. Divided into 8 -12 feedings. If the baby is breastfeeding it's harder to gauge, so we usually follow urine output instead -- at least 6 - 8 wet diapers / 24 hours. ...Read more

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How do I kniw if my newborn is sick?

Fever, fussy: A newborn baby may have a fever (temp of 100.4 or higher) as a sign of illness. Irritability, poor feeding, poor sleep, or even lethargy could be a symptom. Severe cough or labored breathing could be due to a respiratory infection. Vomiting or diarrhea may be a sign of a gastrointestinal infection or food allergy. When in doubt, it's best to call your doctor if your baby is not acting him/herself. ...Read more

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Is my being heavy bad for my newborn?

Yes: If your weight is in the morbid-obesity zone, you have a high chance of dying or being disabled before your child reaches majority. I would say being orphaned is definitely an outcome you should take steps to protect your child from. ...Read more