How to nurse a baby with a cold?
It can be worrying when your child gets a cold, but it’s not usually serious and normally passes within two weeks.Colds aren’t usually serious, although young children are at an increased risk of developing further problems, such as ear infections. Most colds in children get better on their own without treatment, although they may take a little bit longer to recover than an adult would. Sometimes it may seem as though you child has had a cold for a very long time, when in fact they’ve had several different minor infections with a short recovery time in between.
1.You should seek medical advice if:
a. your child is under three months old and has a temperature of 38C (100.4F) or above, or is between three and six months old and has a temperature of 39C (102.2F) or above
b. their symptoms last more than three weeks
c. they seem to be getting worse rather than better
d. they have chest pain or are coughing up bloodstained phlegm
e. they’re finding it difficult to breathe
f. they have, or seem to have, severe earache as they could have an ear infection that may need antibiotic treatment
g. they have a persistent or severely sore throat.
2.The following tips may help your child cope with the symptoms of a cold:
a. encourage your child to rest and make sure they drink plenty of fluids
b. if they have a blocked nose, you can make their breathing easier by raising the pillow end of your child’s bed or cot by putting books or bricks under the legs
c. liquid paracetamol or ibuprofen can help ease a fever and discomfort
d. a warm, moist atmosphere can ease breathing if your child has a blocked nosekeep the room aired and at a comfortable temperature, and don’t let your child get too hot.