Head cold symptoms in infants: What is normal and what is not?

Find out if your baby's symptoms are normal for a cold, or if you should be worried

When the cold weather rolls around, everyone seems to catch a cold, the flu, or begin to suffer from seasonal allergies. It is even worse when your baby catches a cold.  In infants it can be difficult to decipher what are normal symptoms and what are not normal. Because baby’s immune systems are much more fragile, it is important to find out whether they have a normal cold, or if something serious is going on.  Read here to find out more about what is normal for an infant and what should concern you.
Know the symptoms
There are many symptoms your baby will experience, some normal, others not. If your baby shows signs of abnormal symptoms, take your baby to the doctor immediately to find out if it could be the flu or allergies. However, if he or she has normal symptoms, a cold generally takes care of itself with a few days or week.
Normal symptoms of a cold
  • Congested nose
  • Runny nose
  • Nasal discharge (green or yellow and thick)
  • A low-grade fever
  • Sneezing and coughing
  • Decreased appetite
  • Trouble sleeping
  • Irritability
Abnormal symptoms of a cold:
  • Ear pain
  • Temperature higher than 102
  • Yellow eye discharge
  • Red Eyes
  • Not wetting diapers as normal
  • Cough for more than one week
  • Thick, green nasal mucus for more than two weeks
  • Refusal to nurse
  • Change in skin color
  • Vomiting
  • Difficulty breathing
Unfortunately, there are no cures for the common cold. However, you can keep your baby comfortable at home and resting while his or her body works to rid of the virus, build up immunity, and recover. You can help by suctioning mucus from your child’s nose, keeping him hydrated, and keeping moisture in the air. Remember, never give an infant over the counter cold medications unless directed to do so by your doctor.
When to see a doctor
If your baby experiences any of these abnormal symptoms it is important to visit the doctor or seek medical help. If your baby has normal cold symptoms, it is not necessary to visit the doctor; the cold will rid of itself within a week.
If your baby is younger than three months old, it is recommended to see a doctor no matter what symptoms your baby shows. Because your infant’s immune system is much more fragile and has not build up immunity to any viruses, it is easier for a cold to turn into croup, the flu, or pneumonia.
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Categories: Head, Cold, Infant Health

Sarah Butler, Amanda Maynes

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