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.
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.
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.
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.
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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