Simple and Effective Baby Cold Remedies
Author: Heidi Holvoet, PhD
A 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 symptoms
The main symptom of a common 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.
solution nasal cleanser
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 unidoses or
in a 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.
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.
- A nose cleaner or nasal
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
aspirator is a clean and safe tool to relieve discomfort.
- An onion near
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
free for better breathing during the night.
One warning: make sure your baby or toddler, once old enough,
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.
- Steam bath or shower
Steam helps 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
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.
- Homeopathic granules
There are homeopathic remedies to alleviate a blocked nose and chest
congestion. If you haven't
found an easy and effective way to help your baby breathe more easily
during a cold, consult your pharmacist about how homeopathy can help.
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.