Every year a new round of viruses hits, and newborns, with their still developing immune systems, are prime targets. When your newborn shows signs of having a cold or cough, you’ll try anything to give them relief from their discomfort.
There are number of ways parents can help newborns avoid cough, congestion, or a runny nose. With some careful attention, you can efficiently help your little one feel more comfortable and soothe their symptoms.
Prevention is the best thing, and then you know anybody in, it comes from somebody in the family who has a cough and cold. If possible, at least that person should stay away from the baby. Most colds would resolve on their own, they don’t need to be treated. It is the discomfort associated with cold that
needs to be treated, so you for a newborn, for example when the nose is blocked then they find it difficult to breathe and if you find difficult to breathe then you know the only way he can breathe is to keep his mouth open. So you need to keep the nose clean by keeping the baby slightly elevated by gravity. The
secretions would go down and you can suck out the mucus using a nasal aspirator which is available in the market these days very easily and you can put the saline drops in the nose so that at least it keeps it moist and hydrated and you can use a cold humidifier just next to the baby so that it will keep the whole
micro environment around the baby a little humidified and keep the nostrils like not too crusted or obstructed. Most babies would be able to, you know tide over that five to seven days of period but if they have an ear pain or if they had a ear discharge or they find a difficulty in feeding significant, then you should see a doctor.
This video episode of MOMSPRESSO covers ‘Tips to cure cough and cold in newborns’ by Dr. Sanjay Wazir [MBBS, MD, DM (Neonatology)] Pediatrician, Cloudnine Gurgaon.
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