How to Soothe Your Baby When They Have a Cold

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When you think about your baby, you probably picture him or her being cute and cuddly. You don’t want to think of your baby crying, cranky, or irritable. However, this describes the mood of most babies when they become sick. No matter how hard parents try to protect their children from catching a cold, getting sick is inevitable. Therefore, it’s best to learn how to soothe your baby when your little one has a cold.

Give Your Baby Medicine

Many doctors will recommend giving fever-reducing medicine to treat a baby’s fever. This is especially true if your baby is uncomfortable and just not acting like him- or herself. There aren’t many other medicines on the market to treat a baby’s cold. The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) doesn’t recommend over-the-counter (OTC) cold and cough medicines for children younger than 2 years old. Therefore, you will probably want to try other approaches for treating your baby’s cold symptoms.

Clear Breathing Passages

If your baby is suffering from a stuffy or runny nose, then try using a nasal aspirator to get rid of the mucus easily. Nasal aspirators are known to prevent ear infections and other illnesses common in babies.

Sit Near a Steamy Shower

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The steam from the shower will help to loosen mucus in your baby’s nasal passages. Take a seat near a steamy shower with your baby or get in the shower with your little one as long as the water isn’t too hot. Also, giving your baby a warm bath may help to relax your little one. This could make your baby fall asleep, which is great for extra rest.

Use a Humidifier

According to, babies get up to eight colds a year. Humidifiers can help relieve symptoms. These devices add moisture to the air, which can help ease coughing and congestion. If you don’t have a humidifier, consider installing a whole-house humidifier. This will ensure that everyone in your household benefits from the added moisture.

Use Petroleum Jelly

When you have to wipe a baby’s nose continuously, this can cause irritation. Applying petroleum jelly around the nostrils can help to soothe this area.

Keep Hydrated

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Provide your baby with breast milk or bottled milk often as fluids help to thin out mucus. Doing this can make it easier for you to get rid of mucus.

Give Your Baby Lots of Cuddles

Many babies just want to be held when they aren’t feeling well. Stay close to your baby and try to make him or her as comfortable as possible. This can have a great soothing effect.

When your little one gets sick, stay by your baby’s side. There are no quick fixes for getting rid of your baby’s cold. It can be tough to see your baby not feeling well, but your little one needs you. If your little one gets cranky and miserable, using various methods such as keeping them hydrated, giving them lots of love, using a humidifier, and relying on a nasal aspirator can help soothe your baby.