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Mom of a 2 yr 8 m old girlJan 17, 2018

Q. hello baby having cold and cough...should i consult to doc. or should i wait for 3 days...she is having running nose...and can i give bath to her...

ExpertDr Arti SharmaPaediatricianJan 17, 2018
A. Give hot water bath. Keep baby warm You may use a vaporizer or give Indirect steam . - Indirect steam is given by holding baby away from steamer in closed room or in closed bathroom you sit with baby in lap and put hot shower on. Keep baby hydrated Elevate his head slightly while feeding. If baby has difficulty in breathing or refusal to feed consult Paediatrician
ShaistaMom of a 10 yr 11 m old boyJan 17, 2018
A. it will be better to consult your Pediatrician once. in the meantime you can try some home remedies... Washing your hands often can be a very simple thing to do to keep the germs away. While some germs can only be spread through coughing or sneezing, plenty of germs can be passed through objects and touch. Opt for a soap that will be gentle on your hands. Avoid anti-bacterial soaps! In most cases, just washing with a gentle soap is good enough You can use humidifier in the room...this will keep the air moist in the room and will not allow the mucus to harden. It will help to cure a runny nose and nasal congestion. Keep the sleeping position slightly inclined and head slightly raised.  In an elevated position basically to ease breathing. No home remedy medicines are suggested for such small babies especially giving orally. If you are using saline drops then store bought  are safer than home made as there is no risk of bacterial growth. Please continue to breastfeed well as that is the best and safest form on nutrition for your baby and build immunity. The antibodies present in the breastmilk helps tye baby's bidy to build immunity against all types of germs and aids in proper hydration. Eat healthy and breastfeed your baby well. Baby's clothing should be such to protect the chest from cold. Keep baby's and your hands clean with water  or baby wipes so that the germs don't spread. Garlic and ajwain are known for its anti bacterial and anti viral properties. Dry roast 2 big cloves or garlic and ajwain on a tawa and once cooled make it into a potli or tight pouch with a clean muslin cloth. Place it near the baby cot or cradle where the baby sleeps. The ajwainy garlicky smoke from the potli will help the baby to open the blocked nose and relieve from congestion. You can just warm this a bit and rub the potli on the chest a few times.  But make sure its warm not hot. Check the temperature on your hands first. Give indirect sit in the bathroom with her with hot water running in the tap.this will create steam and will help loosen the mucus. make sure you both are away from the hot water bucket.   If baby has completed six months then give warm water at regular intervals to keep the baby well hydrated. Give some warm food....porridge, dal water, khichdi, watery soup .....will all boost the immunity. You can apply the Vicks babyrub under the baby's feet and put on cotton socks when the baby goes to sleep.  
Janani ViswanathanMom of 2 childrenJan 17, 2018
A. If it is not severe u can wait for two more days. You can try some home remedies. Take a cup of water with well cleaned tulsi leaves in it. Boil this mixture until the water us reduced to half. Then once the water is lukewarm u can filter it and give few spoons to the baby. But this water may be bit spicy so take appropriate care while feeding it to the baby. But if cold and cough looks severe take the baby to the doctor. If the climate us too cold give her towel bath.
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