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Published on Tuesday, October 6, 2015 by

Babysick240It’s hard for a parent to see their child suffer from a cold. You want to do whatever you can to protect them and make sure they are healthy and strong. However, we typically get a cold at least once a year and it’s easy for little ones to catch a cold because their immune systems are still developing. There are things parents can do to help relieve some of baby’s cold symptoms and get them feeling better

 

1. Nurse Your Baby
Babies receive comfort from breastfeeding as they are held close to mom and receive all of the nourishment they need. When infants are sick, they may want to breastfeed more frequently than normal. Keeping them hydrated when they are sick is also important.

2. Clear a Stuffed Nose
When baby has a stuffy nose this can be extremely irritating – making it harder to feed and to breath. When your little one is well hydrated, their mucus thins out so it is easier to clear their stuffed nose. You can use a booger removal tool like oogiebear to rid the nostrils of those pesky, hard to reach boogers.  Use the scoop end for dried boogies and the loop end for the sticky stuff. All of the other tools on the market work well but are designed to remove wet mucus. oogiebear is a parent favorite because it gets both the semi-dry and dry boogies out. Plus, it’s perfect for cleaning baby’s ears too!

3. Use a Humidifier
A humidifier can moisten the dry air to help loosen mucus and relieve pressure in the nasal passages and sinus cavity. You can keep a humidifier in baby’s nursery while he sleeps. Another thing parents can do is run a hot shower to get the bathroom steamy and then give your baby a warm bath.

4. Keep an Eye on the Fever
For infants younger than 3 months, you should call the doctor if a fever goes higher than 100.4°F.  For babies between 3 and 6 months, call the doctor if the fever reaches 101°F . Also, call the doctor if the fever lasts longer than two days.

5. Soothe an Irritated Nose
Baby’s skin may become red and irritated from a constant runny nose. You can protect and soothe the area by placing a dab of petroleum jelly to baby’s nose.

6. Cuddle with Baby
Sometimes the best thing you can do when your child is sick is to cuddle with them for comfort and let the cold run its course. Giving your child extra attention and kisses can help distract them from their symptoms and aid in restful sleep for a speedy recovery. You can also try to give baby a relaxing massage with a soothing body oil that is safe for babies.

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