Guide to Firsts: First Cold

Guide to Firsts: First Cold

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Find out how to treat your baby's cold, including how to handle a stuffy nose and when to call your doctor.

Stock up

Get supplies before that first cold hits – saline drops, a rubber bulb syringe, fever-reducing medicine, a thermometer, and a humidifier are helpful.

Make the call

If your baby is under 3 months old, call the doctor at the first sign of a cold, such as a runny nose, a cough, or a fever.

For older babies

Call if there's major fussiness, fever, dehydration, worsening cough or congestion, labored breathing, or symptoms lasting longer than a week.

Help your baby breathe easy

Use saline drops and a rubber bulb syringe or other nasal suction device to clear mucus from your baby's stuffy nose.

Heads up

Your baby may sleep better if his or her head is elevated. Try placing a couple of towels underneath one end of the crib mattress (not in the crib!).

Banish dry air

A humidifier will release moisture into the air, which will help loosen mucus and ease your baby's congestion.


Give your baby additional nursing sessions or bottles, or – if your baby is older than 4 months – try a few ounces of water in a sippy cup.

Protect yourself

Wash your hands often to avoid catching your baby's germs!

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Guide to Firsts: Baby's first cold

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