A nose cold in your baby is especially prevalent in the first year, on average about 10 times! After that, your child is slightly less susceptible but do not be surprised if you have to get rid of nasal spray and handkerchiefs for the 6th time in one year. In this blog you can find information about the causes of a cold, the symptoms and what you can do to the nose cold in your baby to light up.
Causes of a cold
A nose cold in your baby always starts with a virus infection by someone else. Cold viruses spread through the air (coughing, sneezing and talking) or through touches. For example, when a cold child with the hands is on the nose and then touches your child. Or touch something that your child will handle later.
With this pump you can easily remove the snot from the nose of your baby.
The closer the children are to each other and come into contact with each other (for example at the nursery), the greater the chance of a risk of infection. This also applies to adults. If you have a cold, then it is not good to cough your baby and often wash your hands.
Symptoms of nasal cold in your baby
If your baby is infected with the virus, the mucous membrane ignites in the nose causing it to produce more mucus (snot). In addition, the sinuses and usually the throat also ignite. The first symptom of a nose cold in your baby is a stuffy nose or snot from the nose. Other symptoms can be:
- Red and / or inflamed eyes
- Inflamed throat
- To sneeze
- Tearing eyes
- Howling and / or hanging
Baby snot nose
Babies are about 10 times cold in the first year. That is because your little one does not yet have a properly functioning immune system and is therefore more susceptible. The first clear signal of a nasal cold in your baby is a snot nose and a stuffy nose.
Especially for small babies this is very annoying because they can not breathe properly through their mouths. The clearer the snot is, the better it is. Does your baby, however green-yellow snot then there can be an infection such as an inflamed nose almond. As long as your baby does not have a fever, you do not have to go to the doctor. In most cases it goes by itself.
How long does a head cold last with your baby?
On average, a cold lasts about a week, but it can be shorter or longer. If there is only a nose cold with your baby, then there is nothing to worry about. If your baby also has to cough a lot, if he or she has a fever or wheezing then it is good to go to the doctor.
Go to your doctor if your baby has a cold for a long time. Possibly there is then an enlarged throat almond or nose almond and this may have to be removed.
Cold baby 4 months
If your baby is younger than 3 months, it is wise to immediately call the doctor when your baby develops a fever. From the 4 months you must also pay attention, but in case of fever, do not call the doctor immediately. Then look at it for a day and pay attention to your child. If you find that your baby is very drowsy, stuffy, wheezing or drinking much less than normal, go to the doctor immediately.
Baby cold tips
You can not prevent a cold nose with your baby, but you can take action to relieve the symptoms:
- Keep the nose clean with a handkerchief and use a nasal spray and nasal drops suitable for babies. Give your baby this nasal spray for every sleep so that your baby can breathe better. PLEASE NOTE: your baby is not allowed to use a nasal spray for children or adults, there are substances in which your baby can not stand. Always choose a physiological saline solution (sodium chloride).
- Make sure your baby is drinking well
- Steaming can help to open the stuffy nose. Do not give your baby a steam bath, but sit in the bathroom next to a steam bath or next to the shower in the steam.
- Make sure you regularly ventilate the rooms in the house
- Please note that your baby is not in the draft
- Put the baby's mattress by the headboard slightly upwards, for example by putting a few rolled up towels underneath. Do not put towels or pillows in the bed, which increases the risk of suffocation
- Pay attention to hygiene: change the bed of your baby regularly, your baby was good and your own hands were regular.
- Do not lubricate menthol cream on the breast of your little baby before going to sleep. The skin is too sensitive for that. Instead, use a special rubbing agent for babies and small children instead. For example 'Luuf'.