Colds will clear up without antibiotics or other medications over time. If you suspect your baby’s cold is not improving or if it is getting worse, make an appointment to see your pediatrician.
Be aware of these 6 symptoms that demand quick action:
Signiﬁcant changes in baby’s breathing – wheezing, grunting or very fast shallow breathing
A change in skin tone to a gray or bluish tinge
Exhaustion – particularly during times when your baby is normally active
A worsening cough
- Drainage from the nose becomes thick and turns yellow, green or gray.
If you see one of these symptoms in your baby call the pediatrician and ask to be seen as quickly as possible. If there will be a signiﬁcant delay ask about taking your child to the emergency room or an urgent care center.
For the vast majority of babies’ cold is not a threat. Knowing the symptoms that require a doctor’s attention and taking steps to prevent colds are the most important steps you can take.