How do I know if my baby has a cold or something more serious?

A high fever (about 103 degrees F or higher) Dry, hacking cough, or severe cough. Lethargy. Unusual crankiness or fussiness.

When should I be concerned about my baby’s cold?

Contact the doctor if your baby has a cold that interferes with his or her breathing, has nasal mucus that lasts longer than 10 to 14 days, has ear pain or has a cough that lasts more than one week.

Does my baby have a cold or something more serious?

These symptoms could mean that the baby has something more serious than a cold: Fever in an infant 2 months or younger. Difficulty breathing (especially if the baby’s nostrils widen with each breath), wheezing, fast breathing, or ribs showing with each breath. Blue lips.

What are the symptoms of cold in babies?

The Common Cold (Caused by Many Different Viruses)

Cold symptoms usually are mild. They often include a tickly throat, a runny or stuffy nose, and sneezing. If there’s a fever, it is not high. A child with a cold usually feels quite well, and has a good appetite and normal energy levels.

How long does a baby cold last?

If your baby has a cold with no complications, it should resolve within 10 to 14 days. Most colds are simply a nuisance. But it’s important to take your baby’s signs and symptoms seriously. If symptoms don’t improve or if they worsen, it’s time to talk to your doctor.

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Can a baby suffocate from a stuffy nose?

A baby’s nose, unlike an adult’s, doesn’t have cartilage. So when that nose is pressed against an object, like a stuffed animal, couch cushions or even a parent’s arm while sleeping in bed, it can flatten easily. With the opening to its nostrils blocked, the baby can’t breathe and suffocates.

How do I know if my baby’s cough is serious?

If your child is coughing and has any of the following symptoms, consider heading to your local emergency room (ER).

  1. troubled or labored breathing.
  2. shortness of breath.
  3. a fever higher than 100.4°F (38°C) (children under 3 months) or higher than 102.2°F (39°C) (children over 3 months)
  4. blood when coughing.
  5. trouble swallowing.

Should I bathe my baby with a cold?

Giving a lukewarm bath (not a cold-water bath) to a sick baby can help the body regulate temperature back to a more normal level. Infant acetaminophen and ibuprofen can also help bring down a temperate. Make sure to check the product instruction, and talk to your doctor if you plan to use over-the-counter medications.

How do you treat a baby with a cold?

Lifestyle and home remedies

  1. Offer plenty of fluids. Liquids are important to avoid dehydration. …
  2. Suction your baby’s nose. Keep your baby’s nasal passages clear with a rubber-bulb syringe. …
  3. Try nasal saline drops. …
  4. Moisten the air.

At what age is a child’s immune system fully developed?

“An infant’s immune system doesn’t mature until they’re about two to three months old,” Dr. Sabella says. “In those first few months, the immune system — especially cell-mediated immunity — becomes more developed. This is very important in helping a child fight off viruses.”

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