Natural Remedies For Your Baby’s Cold
Things to consider when opting for baby cold medicine
Can you give a baby cold medicine?
There is no cure for the common cold. Antibiotics do not work for a common cold as it is caused by viruses. Over-the-counter medications are not very helpful either in such cases and should be avoided without a doctor’s prescription and complete knowledge about their side effects. In case your baby has fever, certain medications can be given to bring the temperature down, following strict dosage instructions given on the label. Giving a baby cold medicine without a doctor’s prescription may lead to complications.
What are some good baby cold medicines?
It is strongly recommended to avoid any over-the-counter medications for cold and cough in children under 2 years of age. They do not treat the underlying cause and may also be dangerous for the child. Fever medications such as acetaminophen may help to reduce fever and give some comfort to your child. Do not give acetaminophen if your baby is under 3 months. Ibuprofen can be administered if your baby is over 6 months. Check the labels for dosage instructions on every packet.
Are there all natural baby cold medicines I can try for my baby?
Absolutely! Instead of rushing to the nearest pharmacy, take a peek in your kitchen. You will find plenty of things that can help soothe your tiny tot’s symptoms.
- Saline drops: Squeeze in a few drops of saline solution made of salt dissolved in distilled or potable water (water boiled several times before drinking) in each nostril to clear the air passages.
- Steam: Use a vaporizer or a humidifier in your baby’s bedroom while she’s asleep. You can also draw a hot bath in a steamy bathroom for about 15 minutes. If not, just pour boiling water in a vessel and let your baby breathe in the warm moist air, (under supervision, of course). The steam will help to loosen and release the mucus out.
- Honey: If your baby is 12 months and above, a spoonful of honey can tame his cold in no time. You can also squeeze some lemon to add in a little vitamin C antioxidant power to it. Remember to brush your baby’s teeth, especially if you’re giving this at bedtime.
- Plenty of fluids: Fluids are important to prevent your baby from dehydration. Give your baby fluids at regular intervals. If your baby is under 6 months, breast milk will suffice.
What should I do before visiting the doctor?
If your baby’s cold symptoms have not subsided even after a week, or are worsening then you need to visit your pediatrician, make a note of the following things.
- Make a list of the symptoms you have been noticing in your baby. Some symptoms might be unrelated or unusual and may need to be brought to the notice of the doctor.
- Give a clear and complete history if your baby has been exposed to someone with a cold. Also provide your doctor with key information like the number of times your baby has had a cold and how long each episode lasts, presence of cough, etc.
- Write down a list of all the medications your baby is taking.
- Share the history of all the vaccinations given till date.
- A list of questions you need to ask your pediatrician like causes, tests your baby likely needs and plan of action of treatment.
When you are clear about the symptoms and your queries, the doctor will be able to make a surer diagnosis and give appropriate medicines. Do not hesitate to ask your doctor any questions you might have about what points need to be kept in mind to look for worsening condition or recovery.
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Disclaimer: The information in the article is not intended or implied to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis or treatment. Always seek the advice of your doctor.
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