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How Long Should a Baby Sleep at 6 Months Old If They Have a Cold?

author image Tara Thackeray
Based in Boulder City, Nev., Tara Thackeray began writing in 2008 for a national law review website. Her work has been published on the BARBRI website and she also contributes humorous articles on her blog. Thackeray holds a Bachelor of Arts in communication from Arizona State University.
How Long Should a Baby Sleep at 6 Months Old If They Have a Cold?
Colds are miserable for babies and their parents. Photo Credit Sky View/Photodisc/Getty Images

According to Babycenter, most children get between six and 10 colds per year. Colds often cause babies to sleep less, parents to miss work and doctor waiting rooms to fill up. They plague daycares and schools during the winter months. Often, the best medicine for this awful illness is rest and recuperation.

How Long Should a Healthy 6-Month-Old Sleep?

According to Babycenter, a healthy 6-month-old should sleep 11 1/2 to 15 hours a day, including naps. The number of hours does vary from child to child, as every baby is different. At 6 months old, babies normally average two naps a day, one in the morning and one in the afternoon.

What is a Cold?

The common cold, also known as an upper respiratory infection, occurs when germs embed themselves in the breathing passages and begin to multiply. This triggers the body’s immune system to react and fight back. Usually, symptoms such as coughing and sneezing last a few days, and the cold goes away.

How Long Should a Baby with a Cold Sleep?

The best way to recuperate from a cold is to rest. When a baby has a cold, a parent should encourage rest by putting the baby down for her nap and bedtime earlier. A parent putting a child down 30 minutes earlier can make a big difference. According to "The Baby Book," when a 6-month-old baby catches a cold, the swelling and increased mucus within the small nasal passages can make it difficult for the child to sleep. Sick babies often have restless nights, but with a few tips a 6-month-old baby can sleep close to 15 hours and receive the rest she needs.

How Can You Help Your Baby Sleep Better with a Cold?

It is important for a sick 6-month-old baby to be able to sleep approximately 15 hours a day to get better. In order for the child to sleep peacefully, a parent can do a few things. First, a parent can clear the nose. According to Dr. William Sears in “The Baby Book,” a baby cannot blow his own nose, so a parent must do it for them. A parent can clear the nose by giving the baby nose drops or using a nasal aspirator. Another way to help a baby sleep is to invest in a humidifier. This will provide moisture into the air and will help the baby breathe better.

Things to Remember When a Baby Has a Cold

Usually a cold goes away in a few days. If symptoms persist, a parent should contact a doctor. It is not only important for the baby to get plenty of rest, but also the parent. A happy child and clear nasal fluid means parents shouldn't worry. On the other hand, an unhappy child and a green runny nose equals a visit to the doctor.

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