Cold Care Tips:
Posted on March 07, 2016
1. Clear Out Mucus
- Use an infant nasal bulb, or aspirator, to suck mucus from your baby's nose. It's OK to use nasal saline to loosen the mucus.
- If your child is able, have her blow her nose regularly.
- Never use a cold or cough medicine in kids under age 4 unless a pediatrician suggests it.
2. Give Fluids
- If your child is over 3 months, offer Pedialyte, apple juice, or water.
- Older children can have warm soups and other drinks.
3. Add Moisture
- Use a cool-mist humidifier if the air is dry.
- Use saline nose drops to moisten the nasal passages.
- Sit in the bathroom with the hot shower running and have your child breathe in the steam.
4. Treat Other Symptoms
- If your child is older than age 1, try 1/2 to 1 teaspoon of honey for cough.
- Avoid irritants, such as cigarette smoke.
- Rub petroleum jelly under the nose to prevent chapping.
- If your child has allergies, talk to your pediatrician about treatment.