Tricks about caring for babies with colds

Tricks about caring for babies with colds (file)

Most babies will have up to seven colds in the first year of life, according to the Mayo Clinic.

Over-the-counter medications can be dangerous for children younger than six.

But your little one doesn't need to suffer through a nasty cold.

Teaching a toddler to blow his nose is not an easy job.

But for Veronica and Reed Collier, child care workers with three kids of their own, have learned some tricks about caring for babies with colds.

"They cry, they fuss, and then we try to figure out what is going on with him or her," said Veronica.

Once you see symptoms of a cold in your young child, parents tell us they watch for fever or other symptoms to decide whether a trip to the pediatrician is needed.

"If they are not eating. Putting fluids in their body like they should be, those are my top signs," said Reed.

"If they are wheezing, if they are working really hard to breathe," said pediatrician Dr. Mike Patrick. "Then you would want to get your child in to see the doctor right away."

Nasal congestion and runny nose are the main indicators of a cold.

Doctors say use a rubber bulb syringe to remove mucous in a baby's nose.

"We like to use saline nose drops," said Dr. Patrick. "This is just salt water. You can buy them over the counter in the grocery store, drug stores, you just want to make sure it is only saline."

The Collier family says it can get scary when a child develops a bad cough.

"We don't want to give them cough and cold medicines of any kind," said Dr. Patrick. "All the main ingredients in those can be harmful for babies."

If a baby under three months has a fever higher than 100.4, doctors tell us don't give acetaminophen without calling your pediatrcian first.

"It is very easy to overdose a baby," said Dr. Patrick. "The margin of error is smaller than it is for an adult."

The common cold can be caused by one of more than 100 viruses. The most common complication to watch for with kids, ear infections.

"Love em, cuddle them, be there for them," said Veronica. "Because that is what they are going to remember."

Since it's cold season, don't forget to wash your hands, and teach everyone in the household to cough or sneeze into a tissue. If you can't reach a tissue in time, cough or sneeze into the crook of your arm to prevent germs from spreading.

close video ad
Unmutetoggle ad audio on off