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Cold Care Tips:

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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.