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Ways to treat your child from a cold


A cold is a condition in which certain viruses cause an infection in the throat and nose, and this infection is classified as an upper respiratory infection. As for the viruses that may cause this problem, they are many, up to two hundred viruses, and in fact the infant can be exposed to cold viruses where It is infected with a cold like other individuals of other age groups, but the difference is that infants have not built their bodies sufficient immunity against most of these viruses, and therefore they can suffer from a runny nose more when compared to others, and although the cold is difficult for infants, it is not harmful. And it increases the infant's immunity, which makes him less likely to get infections in the future.



Tips to relieve a cold of a baby at home:
Where there are many tips that help relieve the symptoms of a cold in the infant, and they can be applied at home, and these tips include:

Comforts :
Where it is recommended that the infant take adequate rest when he has a cold, because adequate sleep and taking an abundant amount of rest necessarily helps to heal and recover from a cold, and among the means that help with rest is avoiding crowded and noisy places, as well as the importance of taking the following measures into consideration When a baby sleeps, make sure that the baby sleeps on a flat, flat surface, and avoid tilting the child's head or body forward in order to relieve congestion, as such actions increase the chance of sudden infant death syndrome, and avoid sleeping the infant in a car seat, or in bouncy seats or Swinging at home or outside, because it is unsafe, and not using pillows to raise the infant's head or anything else, not putting anything under the infant's legs to raise its level.


Room humidification:
Where the use of a humidifier helps to humidify the room, and this device can be placed in the infant's bedroom, in order to improve breathing and relieve congestion, moisten the sinuses and reduce coughing, and it is worth noting the importance of cleaning the humidifiers periodically to prevent the growth of bacteria and mold in them that cause illness for the infant. In the event that a humidifier is not available, the infant can be taken to the bathroom after turning on the hot water tap until the bathroom is filled with hot water steam, then carry the infant and sit with it in the bath atmosphere full of steam for fifteen minutes, taking care not to approach the hot water and also not to leave the baby Alone in the bathroom.




Offer fluids in adequate quantities:
As the mucus that may accompany a cold and high temperature also may increase the rate of fluids and lost electrolytes, and therefore it is advised to make sure to feed the child sufficient quantities of milk, and to provide him with water in reasonable quantities, and it is worth knowing that the provision of fluids must be in sufficient quantities without the need to provide Additional quantities exceed the child's need, in addition to the importance of reminding that mother's milk or breastfeeding, as it effectively contributes to fighting cold viruses and helps to get rid of them, and therefore it is necessary for a breastfeeding mother to maintain breastfeeding, especially during this period, and as for water, it can be provided It is safer for infants aged six months and over, as liquids help maintain body moisture, including the nose and mouth, and prevent dehydration.


Steam chest massage:
As it is intended in this way what is bought from pharmacies and placed on the chest or back of the child in order to relieve his cold symptoms, and it is worth paying attention to the manufacturer's instructions; Where some types are not used for those under the age of three months, and these products are not applied to the nostrils.


Using saline nasal drops:
As the mucus is withdrawn from the nose, saline nasal drops can be used that are sold without a prescription in pharmacies, if the doctor recommends that they be used, and they can be prepared at home using boiled water after it has been cooled, and it is also recommended to use a rubber syringe designed to draw mucus from the nose of the infant. As for the way it is used, it must be emptied of air by pressing it and continuing to do so, then inserting its head into the nose of the infant by about 1 cm, then removing it from pressure by hand, and keeping it in the infant’s nose for a short period of time until the mucus is withdrawn, then withdrawing it from the nose of the infant and emptying mucus In a tissue and dispose of it, and can be repeated when needed, taking care to clean it after each use with soap and water.




Tips to reduce the number of times an infant has a cold:
As it is possible for the infant to contract a cold from time to time, and in fact there is a set of advice that can be provided to reduce the chance of exposure to this viral infection, and the most important of these tips is to limit the infant's exposure to different types of microbes and to be keen on strengthening the body's defense against different pathogenic bodies By following a set of health tips, and the most important of these instructions are:

Make sure to wash your hands well:
Whereas, before dealing with the infant, especially if he is a newborn, and in this context we point out the importance of instructing family and friends to wash hands with soap and water before carrying the baby or dealing with him in one way or another, and it is also appropriate for the mother to wash her hands with soap and water, especially after changing the baby's diaper And before preparing food for him.


 Take care to keep the infant away from the places where the infection is located:
Be careful not to contact the infant with children and adults with any disease or infection. Covering the mouth and nose with a tissue when coughing or sneezing, and it is worth teaching family members and everyone who is close to the infant the importance of covering the mouth and nose when coughing or sneezing, taking care that the cough or sneeze is as far away from the infant as possible, and it is advised to dispose of the tissue immediately after using it. And as for children, it is worth teaching them how to cough or sneeze in the elbow of the hand to avoid spreading the droplets to the infant.


Keeping the baby's body hydrated:
 This is done by providing him with fluids appropriate for his age; Where mothers are advised to continuously provide adequate quantities of milk, whether natural or artificial, to infants, taking care to provide water to infants who start eating solid food, and in the context of this conversation it is indicated to avoid offering fruit juice to infants under the age of one year, based on Recommendations made by the American Academy of Pediatrics.


Keep the infant away from secondhand smoke:
Where the infant should be kept away from smokers as well as from places where smoking is likely to be in any of its forms, because smoking increases the chance of infection of the upper respiratory system of all kinds, including colds, and it should be noted that children and infants who live in a house where a smoker is an opportunity Their infection of the upper respiratory tract, including the common cold, is higher, and the symptoms will last longer if infected.


 Make sure to breastfeed the child:
The American Society of Pediatrics has recommended the importance of breastfeeding a child until the age of one year, as it has been shown that children who are breastfed are less likely to have various diseases, including colds, compared to children who are breastfed only, and this is due to the presence of antibodies in breast milk In a way that is hard to reward with formula milk.

Ensure that the infant receives the complete vaccinations:
Whereas, although there is no vaccine to prevent colds, that is, these vaccines do not prevent infection with colds, but they reduce the chance of the situation developing into more severe and dangerous diseases or health problems.
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