Baby has his first cold. How can I help him feel better? Baby's Health & Wellness

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The first time your little one comes down with a cold virus, it can feel worrisome. But you both will get through it! Here, the best strategies for soothing your baby when he or she is sick, according to a pediatrician and moms.

Watch Baby for Signs of Worsening

"If a baby has a cold, you will want to take extra care to make sure that they are able to eat well and stay hydrated. If a baby's nose is stuffy, you can help remove secretions by bulb suctioning before feedings. If a baby is having difficulty taking a whole feed at once because of nasal congestion, then you may need to give smaller feedings more frequently.

"Cough and cold medications are NOT recommended for any child under the age of 6 years old. Vapo rubs are also not recommended for...

"If a baby has a cold, you will want to take extra care to make sure that they are able to eat well and stay hydrated. If a baby's nose is stuffy, you can help remove secretions by bulb suctioning before feedings. If a baby is having difficulty taking a whole feed at once because of nasal congestion, then you may need to give smaller feedings more frequently.

"Cough and cold medications are NOT recommended for any child under the age of 6 years old. Vapo rubs are also not recommended for infants. There is some scientific suggestion that one or more of the ingredients actually can cause increased mucous production, congestion, and airway inflammation in children under age 2, especially if it is placed under the nose.

"Colds in babies may sometimes progress to serious illness. Watch carefully for any signs of poor feeding, decreased wet diapers, vomiting, increased sleepiness, or increased cough or breathing difficulty. If any of these signs occur, call your doctor immediately. If your baby is older than 3 months and has a fever of 100.4 or higher, you may give acetaminophen according to your doctor's orders and call your doctor for further instructions. If the baby is younger than 2 to 3 months of age, a fever requires an immediate evaluation by a physician." -- Dori Anchin, MD, pediatrician at Maria Fareri Children's Hospital, a member of the Westchester Medical Center Health Network (WMCHealth), Valhalla, New York 

Try a Steamy Bath & Aspirate

"I like to take a nice steamy bath with my baby. After I sense enough humidity is in the bathroom, I take advantage of the good old-fashioned aspirator to gently get as much mucus out as possible."

It's Okay to Call in for Backup

"The biggest key is to remember that no parent is perfect, and sometime we all need help. It's okay to ask for help. Take deep breaths, and remember, it is temporary."

Use Saline Nasal Spray

"My little guy got colds a lot as a newborn. I used saline nose spray before he went down for the night and then again when he was up for the day. I used a cool mist humidifier. Oh, and gave him lots of snuggles!"

Cool Mist Humidifier & Lots of Hydration

"I'm a big fan of the cool mist humidifier! I always run one when my kids are sick. I try to nurse my baby often when he's sick, so he stays hydrated and gets all those antibodies to help him fight off the cold."

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