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Common cold

A viral infection of the nose and throat. The common cold usually presents with a runny nose and nasal congestion. Extremely common, colds affect babies up to ten times within their first year due to the fact that their immune systems are still developing. This low resistance leaves little ones at risk of becoming ill when faced with a virus, which can either be contracted through the air they breathe or via direct contact. Usually, a cold can be treated at home, but keep an eye on very young babies as complications can develop if the infection worsens.
Symptoms
Impatience
Impulsiveness
Marked talkativeness
Frequent fidgeting
Difficulty controlling emotions
Interrupts constantly
Easily distracted
Can’t follow instructions
Does not complete tasks
Forgetful & loses focus
Runny nose
Cough
Watery eyes
Swollen glands
Sore throat
Headache
Stomach – Upset tummy
Vomiting
Wheezing
Swelling of the throat
Anaphylactic shock
Frequent coughing
Wheezing or whistling sound when exhaling
Tightness of the chest
Shortness of breath
Sleep problems due to difficulty breathing
Delayed recovery following a respiratory infection
Avoidance of exercise
Runny nose
Sneezing
Fever
Cough
Wheezing
Laboured breathing
Noticeable rising of chest
Itchy, red rash on whole body
Raised bumps that become small fluid-filled blisters
Headache
Abdominal pain
Loss of appetite
Fever
Irritability and discomfort
Itchy, red rash on whole body
Congested or runny nose
Nasal discharge that starts out clear but becomes yellow or green
Possible ear pain
Sensitive eyes
Fussiness
Low-grade fever
Sneezing & coughing
Headache
Disruptions in sleeping patterns
Treatments
Fever-reducing medications Cough and cold medications (only over the age of 2 years) Medicated nasal sprays Avoid antibiotics unless a secondary infection has set in Always avoid aspirin during a viral infection
Remedies
Plenty of fluids Humidify the air Avoid commercial herbal cold remedies Drink fresh lemon juice diluted in warm water with a teaspoon of honey Ingest garlic to reduce the cold’s severity Ginger tea is an excellent remedy for coughs Drink sage steeped in boiling water for a cough Prepare a hot cinnamon drink
Risk
1
1 – Can be treated at home
2 – Medical attention is necessary
3 – Urgent medical assistance is necessary
Disclaimer:
As always, take your newborn, baby, toddler or older child to your doctor if symptoms are severe or worrying. Our guide is just that, a guide, and does NOT replace medical supervision.

 

 

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