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6 tips to ease your baby's cold

Did you know that it’s normal for children to have eight or more colds a year? Yeah, we know. 🤢 But with the common cold being so, well, common for children, we could all do with a few tips and tricks for dealing with them:⁠

  1. Make sure your baby drinks plenty of fluid. That might mean offering them extra breastmilk, formula, or water (only if they’re six months or older).⁠

  2. Suck - yes, suck - out nasal mucus with a suction bulb. It can be helpful to soften dried snot using saline drops first.⁠

  3. Don’t worry if your baby loses their appetite. This is completely normal, so just go with the flow unless the cold persists for a long time.⁠

  4. Keep your baby upright as much as possible to help with a stuffy nose.

  5. You can give children paracetamol or ibuprofen for fever, pain, or discomfort. Paracetamol can generally be given to children who are two months or older. And ibuprofen can be given to children who are three months or older. Always read the instructions and ask a doctor or pharmacist if you’re unsure.

  6. Don’t give children under six over-the-counter cough and cold medicine, including decongestants, unless your GP has told you to. ⁠Chamomilla granules can be a great natural option for soothing baby.

Most colds will get better on their own in about a week. So sit tight, and suck that snot when you need to. 🤣⁠