Month 3 Worry: What to Do About Infant Cold Symptoms
The most common medical concern for parents of babies this age
What the Docs May Do
Most doctors will recommend nasal saline drops; humidified air; nasal suction; and smaller, more frequent feeds during times of viral illness. If your infant is especially fussy (and is older than two months), Tylenol is OK as a pain reliever.
Call your doctor if your child is breathing rapidly (over 60 breaths per minute), is not urinating more than once every six hours, or just is inconsolably fussy. These might be the early signs of bronchiolitis, dehydration, or bacterial infection, respectively. Babies under the age of two months require a call to your clinician for any temperature over 100.5. Fever in this vulnerable age group can be a sign of significant bacterial infection and requires prompt medical evaluation.
More 3rd Month Health Help
Even the most confident parent has concerns about her child’s health and wellness from time to time. (If you have any pressing concerns or questions about your baby’s health, please check with her healthcare provider.)
- What was last month’s most popular health worry?
- Learn which medical question you might have next month.
- Here’s what else is happening with your baby’s health and development this month.
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