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Infant's Cold, Baby Cold
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Common symptoms of an upper-respiratory infection, otherwise known as a cold, can include sneezing, runny nose, and coughing. And the chances of children catching one are pretty good: most babies will have anywhere from eight to ten colds before the age of two according to the American Academy of Pediatrics. Although your child will be at their most contagious two to four days after symptoms first appear, they can still spread a cold up to three weeks later.
Breaking up Is Hard to Do
Help loosen your toddler's nasal congestion with salt water or saline nose drops; for infants, you should use a rubber-bulb syringe to suction away the mucus. Nose drops and bulb syringes are available at most drugstores. Drinking fluids also helps break up congestion. For older children, that means making sure they get plenty of water or juice between meals. If you're breast feeding your infant, increasing feedings is a good idea. Breast milk contains important cold-fighting nutrients. The steam from a warm bath or a humidifier can also help break up chest and sinus mucus, and speed recovery.
Stop Germ Traffic
Every winter it's the same: everyone's either just getting over something, or coming down with something else. Help stop the spread of cold and flu in your household. Make sure everyone washes their hands as frequently as possible, and avoids sharing eating utensils, glasses and towels. And change your child's toothbrush after a bout of illness.
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Infants' MOTRIN
Infants' MOTRIN® contains ibuprofen, a medicine that can reduce fevers and relieve minor aches and pains. It can be difficult to get a sick child to eat or drink and that makes it harder for them to get better. So give that fever the cold shoulder with Infants' MOTRIN®, which lasts up to 8 hours.
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