While it is always hoped that a newborn baby will not ever get sick, this is rarely the reality. Newborn babies are susceptible to colds and other illnesses because their immune system is not yet fully developed. Even the healthiest mother who breastfeeds to boost immunity may not be able to prevent her newborn baby from catching a cold.
A newborn baby’s cold can be a stressful and upsetting time for both the parents and the baby. No one ever likes to have a sick child, and a sick newborn is even worse. The parents are still new and excited about having a baby and therefore are often prone to overreacting to the baby’s condition. The newborn may also be agitated from breathing issues and feeling generally uncomfortable. All of this stress can cause parents to feel helpless and they may also get sick, adding to the chaos.
See Your Doctor
Even if you are certain that the baby has a cold, it is important to have it checked out by the doctor as it could (although unlikely) be something worse.
The most important thing to do when a newborn gets sick is to see a doctor. Even if you are certain that the baby has a cold, it is important to have it checked out by the doctor as it could (although unlikely) be something worse. The doctor can also prescribe medication to deal with the congestion that the baby feels and help with a fever. Schedule a follow-up visit to ensure that the baby is indeed getting over the cold.
The realization that it is just a cold and not a life-threatening condition can often calm most parents down to keep their own immune systems functional. Treatment should begin as soon as possible and any medications given should have their directions followed exactly.
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Tips To Follow
Just as it is important to provide plenty of food and water to an adult with a cold, it is equally important for a newborn suffering from a cold. Keeping the baby’s nose clear of mucus can be a never-ending task and the nose should be wiped frequently. By wiping the nose, you can prevent mucus from getting onto the lips and mouth of the baby, reinfecting him or her and also limiting the irritation of the tender facial skin from excessive moisture.
Warm clothing and a warm blanket can help to prevent the baby from getting sicker and don't forget to give extra cuddles and hugs, knowing that this cold will soon pass.
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