Tips For Alleviating Your Baby's Cold Symptoms

Posted on: 19 May 2017

If your baby is miserably sick with a cold, then you will be pleased to know there are many things you can do to help them feel better. While there is no cure for the common cold, you can take simple steps to alleviate your baby's cold symptoms by following each of the following tips:

Tip: Use a Nasal Aspirator to Remove Excess Mucous

When your baby is sick, they are unable to clear their own mucus by blowing their nose, so you need to help them with the process. The best way to do this is with a nasal aspirator bulb syringe. You can purchase a bulb syringe at any local pharmacy or grocery store in the children's medical supply aisle. Use the aspirator to remove the mucus in your baby's nose before they nurse and before they go to sleep to help them breathe better. 

Tip: Avoid the Urge to Over-Heat Your Home

While you may feel the urge to heat your house up nice and hot so that your baby doesn't get too cold, this is not advised. When your home is over-heated, your baby's sinuses will produce excess mucus and the heat will make your baby feel worse. As long as you keep your home in the low seventies, your baby will be plenty warm and won't get chilled or overheated.

Tip: Use a Humidifier in Your Baby's Room

Just as a warm steamy shower always makes you feel better when you are sick with a cold, running a humidifier in your baby's room will do the same for them. The excess humidity in the room will help reduce their congestion and the amount of mucus their sinuses produce. For extra help, you can put a drop of glycerine in the humidifier's water.

Tip: Put a Pillow Under the Head of Your Baby's Crib Mattress

Finally, since your baby will have a hard time breathing while they are laying flat in their crib and their nose fills with mucus, you can prop up the head of their crib mattress. The best way to prop up the mattress is to place a pillow or rolled up towel under the head of the mattress. This will give a slope to the mattress and will keep your baby's head just a bit elevated. You should never place your baby on a pillow because this is a suffocation danger for babies.

Talk with a pediatrics specialist for more tips to ease your child's cold symptoms.