The baby’s cough can mean something a lot. And this is not as if you can ask your baby if they are okay or not. Sometimes it can be difficult to know whether you should be calling your doctor and ask for advice, visit your doctor or just head straight into the emergency room.
One thing that you need to calm down about is that coughing is one of the ways that the body is protecting itself. Coughing is a method that the body uses in keeping the airways clear, getting rid of the throat from phlegm, that postnasal drip or even when there is a piece of food lodged inside.
Here are 2 kinds of a cough that you need to know about:
- A dry cough – this happens when the baby has either allergies or colds. It aids in clearing postnasal drip or the irritation of a sore throat.
Wet cough – this is a result of the respiratory illness that they are feeling accompanied with a bacterial infection. This causes mucus or phlegm to form in the airways of your baby.
Children below 4 months do not have a cough much, so when they do, it only means that it is a serious matter that should be dealt with. In the winter, if the infant coughs terribly, it could only be RSV or respiratory syncytial virus, which is a dangerous infection in infants. Once the child gets older over one year of age, coughs gets less alarming. In some cases, there are chances that the coughs of your baby are just a normal cold.
To address the coughs and colds of your baby, it is important that you stay calm as you address the problem.
Common Flu or Colds
- Sore throat
- Runny or stuffy nose
Other symptoms include how they are usually dry, but this depends on how severe the cold is. Sometimes they can have some of the rattling mucus and a slight fever during the night.
So how do you treat this? The old fashion way – lots of fluids and plenty of rest. Although you may want to give your baby something stronger to lessen a cough, pediatricians advise against giving kids medication under 6 years since they do not usually work on kids and it can bring fatal side effects to them. So it is better that you stick to natural methods like saline drops, cool-mist humidifier or honey, with the last one highly recommended for children over one year of age.
You can use acetaminophen to lessen your baby’s fever, but when their temperature exceeds 100.4, not to mention they are sickly, you must call your doctor right away. It is highly likely that your baby has the flu. If your baby is at 4 months or younger, never hesitate to call your doctor when they have a fever. A slight fever at this stage is considered very serious for infants.
There are other cases of a cough and colds that give you alarming signs. If they are signs that are not familiar to you like the ones above, call the doctor right away.