How long does it take a baby to get over a cold?
“Colds are caused by viruses,” Ukpeh says. “They run their course in five to seven days. But children can start off with colds and end up with bacterial infections that definitely require treatment. If your child's cold symptoms last longer than 10 days, be sure to see the doctor.”
Treating the cold at home
- Elevate your baby's head to help ease breathing.
- Give plenty of liquids, including breast milk, formula (if your baby doesn't take breast milk), and water.
- Suction out nasal mucus using saline drops and a suction bulb.
- Moisturize the air with a humidifier.
- If your baby is under the age of 2, you should never apply Vicks to their chest, nose, feet, or elsewhere. You could try the special nonmedicated version of its famous vapor rub for babies 3 months and older. The blend is dubbed as a "soothing ointment" that contains fragrances of eucalyptus, rosemary, and lavender.
- Parents and caregivers should touch baby's chest, tummy or back to feel if baby is too hot or too cold. Baby's tummy and chest should feel warm and dry, not sweaty or cold. But when feet are cold and trunk is warm it indicates that the baby is in cold stress. In hypothermia both feet and trunk are cold to touch.
- That's right, a newborn baby must breathe through his nose, not his crying mouth, if he wants to breathe at all. Until approximately age three or four months, babies have not yet developed the complex reflex to open their mouth if their nose is stuffy.
They can often fight it off without your getting sick. However, that doesn't mean that deliberately exposing your child to germs is smart. Keep in mind that germs like cold and flu viruses that are pretty benign in adults can cause problems in young babies.
- FDA Approves Tamiflu for Infants. The FDA expanded its approval today for Tamiflu to include infants under age 1 who have had symptoms of the flu, such as stuffy nose, cough, sore throat, fever, and body aches, for no longer than two days. It is not approved to prevent flu infection in this age group.
- Cold symptoms usually appear 24-72 hours after you come into contact with the cold virus. The virus that causes the common cold can spread quickly. You can catch a cold if you are near someone who has one or if you touch something that has been contaminated with the virus.
- The symptoms are usually at their worst during the first two to three days, before they gradually start to improve. In adults and older children, they usually last about 7 to 10 days, but can last longer. A cough in particular can last for two or three weeks.
Babies with a cold typically have a lower fever (if any), a runny nose, and minor coughing. Check to see whether the triangular shape between your baby's ribs caves in when she breathes. If you can see the ribs and if the chest seems to pull in when she's breathing in and out, call your doctor.
- Follow these steps to clean baby nose using a nasal aspirator:
- Add saline drops into the baby's nose and see if it clears the congestion.
- If you still find a stuffy nose, place the nozzle tip into the baby's nostril and the mouthpiece into your mouth.
- Breastfeeding Through Colds and Flu. The season of sneezes and sniffles is upon us, and many moms and babies are likely to catch colds or the flu. Evidence shows that breastfed babies have considerable protection from such illnesses, and when they do become ill, relief can come directly from mother's milk.
- Newborns sneeze a lot, but not because they're cold or sick. It's simply how they clear their nasal and respiratory passages of congestion and airborne particles. Sneezing also helps reopen a temporarily closed nostril. "After feeding, the baby will take a breath or sneeze to open his nose again."
Updated: 23rd September 2018