Cold and Flu!

It really is heartbreaking when bubba gets a phlegmy nose, and cough and not being able to help him much. Babies fall ill very easily because their immune systems are as yet immature, and still in the developing stages. But infant cold and flu is really upsetting! It definitely is!

In the last six months, we have one severe experience and at least one more okay experience with this. When we took him to the pediatrician when it was a bad case, she told us that for babies that young, they would prefer not giving any medications, and to let it run its course – only nasal drops. We were obviously advised to take baby back to her if the condition worsened or if a fever developed.

According to Mary Anne Jackson, M.D., a pediatric expert at Children’s Mercy Hospital and Clinics, in Kansas City, Missouri as quoted in, “In the first year, babies come down with about six to 12 infections, most lasting seven to ten days. That’s up to 120 days of the year they may be sick.”

One of the key issues with a blocked nose is that bubba will find it very tough to feed. Since they can’t breathe through their nose, keeping their mouth busy nursing for longer periods is not much of an option. Feeding gets disrupted, and as a result, the baby continues to be stressed and fussy.

While the following remedies may help, it is of utmost importance that you keep an eye on bubba and rush straight back to the pediatrician if there is a fever, or if the condition worsens. Trust your gut.

So after talking to a few mamas and reading up, here is what worked for us in dealing with the cold and flu!

It goes without saying, but always always take the baby to the pediatrician, just to be safe. And if your gut seems doubtful of medications, please do get a second opinion. I personally feel that when it comes to babies under the age of one, it is always important to get another opinion.

Hang in there mama! It’ll pass.


  1. Hi dilraz,
    Lovely article…very useful with good pointers and apt justifications…would like to enquire which humidifier are u using and which is d best

  2. Thank you Dilraz. This is quite useful for me now. I’m going to adopt some of these techniques to see how it helps my baby.

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