Catching a cold
How can my baby catch a cold?
- With your baby’s immature immune system, he’s likely to get between 4 – 10 colds in his first year of life.
- Your baby may come into contact with a cold virus by putting contaminated toys into his mouth.
- Your baby may come into contact with other people who are carrying a cold virus.
- During winter, indoor heating dries the nasal passages, which may make him more vulnerable to a cold virus.
The signs of a cold include:
- A runny or congested nose
- A clear nasal discharge that may become thicker and even turn green over the coming days
- After being thick, the discharge becomes runny and clear again
- A low grade temperature during the first 48 hours
- Sneezing, coughing, red and watery eyes
- A hoarse voice
When should I see a doctor?
- If your baby has temperature above 37.5ºC and is less than 3 months old
- If the symptoms of a cold persist for over a week
- If your baby begins to wheeze or gasp for air
- If your baby begins to pull on his ears
- If you are at all concerned with the health of your baby.
Healthline is a free, 24 hour, 7 days a week service available to parents and caregivers. If you have a concern you would like to discuss call 0800 611 116 free from landlines and cell phones.
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