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Simple and Effective Baby Cold Remedies

A common baby cold is usually mild and harmless but can really disturb your little one's sleep. You can keep her comfortable and sleeping well with these simple yet effective cold remedies.

Baby cold symptomsNewborn sneezing

The main symptom of a cold in babies is the blocked and/or runny nose. A clear or light liquid, called mucus, drips from her nose.

This can make your baby uncomfortable and cranky. She may also have difficulty feeding comfortably and therefore loose appetite.

As she will be more uncomfortable when lying down, sleep is easily disturbed. Most babies wake up more frequently during a cold and many also have difficulty settling.

This usually lasts a couple of days to a week.

If symptoms persist or your child develops more serious symptoms like a fever, coughing, breathing difficulties, etc. it is best to consult your doctor. Especially with newborns and really young babies, it is best not to wait too long.

Baby cold remedies for better sleep

A common cold usually does not require medication and should be over in less than a week.

In the mean time, for the best possible sleep during a cold, the main goal is to keep baby's nose clear. This will improve her breathing and overall comfort and therefore help her sleep better.

  1. Saline solution nasal cleanserNasal cleanser saline solution

  2. This is a very gentle way to keep the mucus soft and baby's nose clear. You can safely rinse several times a day and also at night.

    Saline solution, also called physiological serum, is actually sterile salt water. You can buy it in handy Sterile Saline Solution (unidose) bottles or in a spray.
Saline nasal spray
    The single-dose bottles are ideal for newborns. You simply rinse the nose by squeezing the bottle a bit.
    For an older baby, typically from 3 months, you can safely use a Saline Nasal Spray. The jet is a bit stronger and therefore more effective.

    Use the unidoses only once for hygienic reasons. The sprays have an ingenious system that does not let any germs into the bottle.

    So the liquid is always sterile. Just wash the removable nozzle with warm water and soap.
Rinsing the nose is only to improve comfort, and by helping to drain the nose and keep it clean, it helps speed up the recovery.

  1. A nose cleaner or nasal aspirator Nosefrida Snotsucker

  2. To help your baby breathe better and get rid of some of that nose snot, you might try to 'manually' remove it.

    Be extremely careful though, as the interior of baby's nose is extremely delicate. You can very easily damage it.

    Also avoid sticking a cotton swab or cotton bud in the nose - the risk of damaging the inner nose is large.

    A good alternative is a pediatric nasal aspirator, such as the recommended Nosefrida Snotsucker.

    Such an aspirator is a clean and safe tool to relieve discomfort.
  1. An onion near the bed
    My personal Top Tip! This is a simple natural remedy but so good. I use it also for older kids, and myself.

    How it works: you halve an onion and place it near your baby's head when she goes to sleep. The evaporating onion juices keep the airways free for better breathing during the night.
Toddler sneezing
    One warning: make sure your child, once old enough, cannot grab the onion and try to eat it. If needed, you can place the onion in a tight container (that your child can't open) with air holes in the lid.

  1. Tilted bed

  2. Tilting your baby's bed a little bit can help free baby's airways. It also helps to prevent the mucus from going backwards and into baby's throat.

    Some cots and beds are adjustable so you can very easily do this.

    Alternatively use books to heighten the head end of the cot or bed. Or use folded towels under the mattress.

    Do not place the end too high as baby will be uncomfortable and slide down.

    Of course, whichever method you use, always make 100% sure baby is safe.

  3. Steam bath or shower

  4. Steam helps to keep the nose liquid moist and so reduce congestion. A simple warm bath is always nice when having a cold.

    For extra steam, you can also take baby to the bathroom and then run a hot bath or shower.

    Your little boy or girl can just sit on your lap or play on the floor, as long as she is supervised and no hot water can spill on her.
A baby cold is very common but luckily mild in most cases. Try any or several of the remedies above to prevent it from disturbing your sleep.

Each remedy also helps speed up getting rid of the symptoms.