It’s not uncommon for babies to come down with a cold. The common cold is an infection of the upper respiratory tract. It causes symptoms, such as congestion, runny nose and fever. If your baby has a fever of 101 degrees or higher, consult her pediatrician for advice. There are also remedies, like saline drops and nose suctioning that provide relief.
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A 1-year-old baby can’t blow her nose yet. Suctioning will help you clear her nasal passages, making her more comfortable. Place a rubber bulb syringe about 1/4 inches into your child’s nostril. Squeeze the bulb while inserting. Once in place, release your grip on the syringe. This will suction the mucus from the child’s nose. Empty the syringe by squeezing it quickly several times into a tissue. Clean with hot soapy water for the next use. Repeat this process for each nostril.
Talk with your doctor about using saline drops in your baby. These drops are basically water and salt. They thin your baby’s mucus. Saline drops are available at most drugstores. Follow the manufacture's instructions for using the drops. This usually involves placing a couple drops of the solution in each of your baby’s nostril before suctioning mucus.
During a fever and cold, your baby needs fluids to prevent dehydration. A fever puts your child at higher risk for this problem. Talk with your child’s doctor about administering an electrolyte replacement solution. Continue to feed your child on her normal schedule. If she breastfeeds, encourage her to continue. This might provide protection from future illness.
Ease your baby’s fever by giving her a lukewarm bath. The water shouldn’t be too hot or too cold. Allow her to sit in the bath up to 10 minutes. Watch your baby closely. If you notice that she’s shivering, end the bath. Shivering causes the muscles to shake. This might increase a fever. Dress your baby in light clothing. If she uses a blanket to sleep, use a light blanket. Avoid the use of heavy comforters, which make a fever worse.