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So long, sniffles: Treating your baby’s cold

When little ones have cold symptoms, like that telltale runny nose, you know what to do: make them as comfy as possible so they can rest and get better, faster. Here are some quick reminders to help you do just that:

  • Ease stuffiness with saline nose drops. Put a few drops in each nostril before it’s time to eat, and before bedtime. Wait a few minutes, then use a rubber suction bulb to clear younger babies’ noses.
  • Offer extra to drink. Make sure toddlers get lots of water or fruit juice between meals. If you’re breastfeeding, bump up feedings to provide more cold-fighting nutrients.
  • Run a warm bath. Bring them out if they start to shiver. You can also sit with your baby next to a steamy shower.
  • Use a cool-mist humidifier or vaporizer at nighttime. It’ll help break up chest congestion, so they can breathe easier and get the rest they need. Just remember to clean it often.
  • During the winter, help prevent the next bug by making sure everyone at home washes their hands even more than usual. Don’t share utensils, cups or towels – and remember to replace your baby’s toothbrush post-cold.

Please note this content is intended solely as a general product and educational aid and is not intended as professional medical or healthcare advice.