Common Cold in Babies

Common cold is common among babies and young children. In fact common cold is more commonly seen among babies and young children in compare to adults and older age group of individuals. The symptoms of common cold in babies are runny nose and nasal congestion or nose block. Other common cold symptoms seen in adults may be absent in babies. Babies and young children are more susceptible to develop common cold because they are always with older children and adults who may not always wash hands and keep the clean. In fact by the time a baby celebrate his/her first birthday; he/she may have 5-10 colds. Babies and young children have less time to develop immunity against common viruses that cause common cold and their immune system also immature. Due to immature immune system, low level of immunity against most common cold causing viruses and close proximity to older children and adults (some of whom may be suffering from common cold), babies and young children are more prone to suffer from common cold.

Symptoms of common cold in babies may be little different from the symptoms of common cold of adults. The difference of symptoms may be due to immature immune system among babies and due to low past exposure to common cold causing viruses. As mentioned earlier in this post, the most common symptoms of common cold among babies are runny nose and nasal congestion. Other symptom that may develop in a baby suffering from common cold includes:

  • Sneezing, coughing.
  • Low grade fever of approximately 100 degree Fahrenheit
  • Irritability and refusal to feeding.
  • Difficulty in sleeping.

In case of very young infants, doctor/pediatrician should be consulted at the beginning of symptoms of common cold. in case of newborn babies, common cold may lead to serious complications and need expert consultation immediately, without any delay.

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