What To Do When Your Baby Has a Cold

5 tips to help a new mama survive the season.

*We’ve partnered with Fridababy, the makers of the original SnotSucker, to help you clear out baby’s first (or second or fifteenth) cold.

It’s cold and flu season, and no mama wants to hear the tiny but dreadful sound of their baby sneezing. Unfortunately, it’s hard to keep all those germs at bay — especially if you send your baby to daycare, attend a group baby class, or have older children who are sharing everything (including the sniffles!) with the entire family.

Next time you notice the winter bug making its way to you, try one of these mom-tested remedies to get your little one back on their feet (or at least, feeling better if they’re not quite walking yet).

1. Keep your baby hydrated. Dehydration is a common side effect of flu and colds, and if baby feels lethargic he may not be up to eating much. However, keeping the fluid intake high can thin out nasal secretions and flush out toxins in the body. Additionally, the symptoms of dehydration can actually make them more uncomfortable. Babies under a year don’t need to drink water, so breast milk or formula is fine.

2. Keep nasal passages clear. Ugh. You never realize how amazing it is to be able to breathe through your nose until you’re congested and every breath is a struggle. Your little one probably can’t blow her nose yet, and over-the-counter decongestants aren’t advised for infants and toddlers. Fridababy’s doctor invented NoseFrida the SnotSucker Nasal Aspirator will actually suck snot out of your baby’s nose. I know — not the sexiest thing you’ll ever do, but it works. First, use a little of the Fridababy Saline Snot Spray, then wrestle down your little one (hey, parenting ain’t easy) and take a pull from the NoseFrida to get all the loosened gunk. Trust us, it’s oddly satisfying to get those boogers out of your baby’s nose, and it’s immensely satisfying to see your baby eat and sleep so much more comfortably when they can breathe freely.

3. Keep an eye on your baby’s temperature. Fevers can be extremely uncomfortable, and your baby won’t be able to communicate why he’s so upset. Because a fever over 100° is cause for concern, you’ll want to have an accurate idea of what’s going on inside that little body at all times. The Fridababy’s FeverFrida is a smart thermometer in the form of a wearable patch that sends baby’s temperature to your phone every four seconds. It will even alert you if the temperature spikes above a certain level without waking them up.

4. Keep your baby in bed. Your mom was right—sometimes you just need to rest. The body is designed to fight off infections, even when that body is really tiny and brand new. We all operate at peak efficiency when we’re well-rested, since that’s when our systems do the work it takes to recuperate and rebuild. Let your child get plenty of rest, and maybe sneak in a nap with them too. Which brings us to the next tip….

5. Keep up the cuddling. While we know this isn’t an official cold-remedy, a good cuddle can go a long way towards making your baby (and you!) feel better. Cuddling is known to release oxytocin, which not only helps to relieve pain, but also boosts your immune system. What better way to avoid catching a cold in the first place?

Photography by Tami Wilkes.

*This post was sponsored by Fridababy. Nosefrida the Snotsucker and FeverFrida are available at Target nationwide or online.

Allaya Cooks-Campbell

Allaya Cooks-Campbell

ALLAYA COOKS-CAMPBELL is an Associate Editor at Well Rounded. She is a writer, yoga instructor, and a born-and-bred New Yorker. She is the mother of a feisty toddler and step-mommy to two equally feisty teens. Living in Queens with her husband, Damany, Allaya tries to raise her family with equal doses of optimism, discipline, and mostly age-appropriate humor. You can find her musings on motherhood on her site, babydroppings and see more about her yoga classes on Instagram

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