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Managing Your Baby’s Cold Symptoms

Young children often require special care, as their immune system is not fully developed. In response to concerns over medicine overdose and misuse, major drug makers have reconsidered what is considered safe for these tiny bodies. Lately, multiple OTC flu and cold relief products have been pulled off the market and many medical organizations are recommending against giving children under age 6 cough or cold medicine. With limited treatment options, more pediatricians are recommending parents to use a bulb serine or a cool mist humidifier along with proper medical treatment to alleviate chest congestion, cough strikes and runny nose. The following recommendations for treating common cold symptoms are safe and effective. However, they should not be used as a substitute for advice from your pediatrician.

Bulb Syringe
Holding a tissue to your baby’s congested nose will just set off a game o peek-a-boo, as most babies are not capable of blowing their noses until they are two years old. As a result, parents need to find alternative remedies to treat nasal congestion. An infant-size nasal bulb syringe works great for babies younger than 6 months. To use it, cradle your baby in a semi-upright position, support the head, squeeze the bulb and place the rubber tip into one nostril. When you slowly release it, the suction will draw the mucus out.

Cool Mist Humidifiers
A cold mist humidifier works by releasing moisture into the air. Humid air is a natural decongestant, and breathing it is great for soothing wheezy coughs, loosening mucus and clearing nasal passages. Running a cool mist humidifier overnight may help your baby get some much-needed rest. Although you can find many warm mist models, a cool mist humidifier is the safest choice as it does not use boiled water and you can leave it in the room overnight.

Saline Drops
Saline drops are great for stuffy, runny roses and dried nasal mucus. The simple combination of salt and water effectively soothes inflamed nasal tissue and loosens dry nasal mucus. This way the baby’s congested nose has a chance to drain. Moreover, saline drops help with nosebleeds caused by dry air. Make sure you choose a brand that doesn’t contain cold medication. For children aged between 6 months and 2 years, saline drops may be all you need. Experts recommend following a saline treatment with a bulb syringe suctioning.

Menthol and Eucalyptus Vapors
Menthol and eucalyptus vapors will help relieve cough symptoms as well as chest and sinus congestion. With the scent of menthol or eucalyptus in the air, your baby will breathe a little easier. The vapors of menthol and eucalyptus essential oils open the trigger blood vessels to dilate and open the body’s air passageways. Moreover, breathing in eucalyptus vapors will help your baby expectorate loosened mucus.


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