How Do You Treat an Infant With a Cold?


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Parents Magazine recommends several at-home therapies to treat an infant with a cold, including elevating the infant's head, running a humidifier and using a nasal aspirator to clear nasal congestion. While the FDA recommends against using over-the-counter cold medicines in children under the age of 2, acetaminophen may be used to treat fever in babies older than 4 months, according to Rhya Strifling, M.D., Pediatrician at the University of Kentucky.

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The common cold is highly prevalent in babies. The Mayo Clinic reports that during the first year of life, most babies have up to seven colds. This is due in part to the baby's proximity to other children who may not wash their hands and the fact that babies have yet to fully develop immunity to common infections such as the cold.

In addition to taking steps to ease the baby's discomfort, it is important for parents to wash their hands frequently. Up to 80 percent of all infectious diseases are transmitted through the hands, according to the Centers for Disease Control. Anyone who handles the baby must keep their hands as well as the baby's hands clean at all times to avoid retransmitting the cold, advises Dr. William Sears, Associate Clinical Professor of Pediatrics at the University of California.

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