Illness: Cold

System: Respiratory

A cold is a viral infection of the upper respiratory tract that affects the nose, sinuses, throat, and eyes. With most colds, mucus progresses from clear and runny to thick and yellow or green. Your child may become achy, tired, and feverish, and she may lose her appetite. A cold usually heals within a week. A strong immune system is resistant to common viruses, and thus decreases the occurrence of colds.

Cold: Symptoms
  • Runny or stuffy nose
  • Clear yellow or green mucus
  • Wheezing, sneezing, or coughing
  • Low-grade fever
  • Headache or other body aches
  • Watery eyes
  • Sinus pain
  • Irritability
  • Fatigue
Cold: Causes
  • Viruses
  • Stressed system
Cold: Prevention
  • Boost your baby’s immune system with fermented foods and probiotic booster.
  • Keep your baby home when she has a cold with a fever or has yellow or green secretions.
  • Teach your baby to use tissues.
Cold: Suggestions for Care

There is no cure for a cold, but you can treat the symptoms, and most colds usually heal over the course of about a week. You can help by supporting your baby’s immune system and by keeping her as comfortable as possible. Keep your child hydrated with water, tea, and broth. In addition, keep her quiet and calm, so her available energy can restore her immune system. Allow her to get up and play if she feels well enough, but keep her at home if possible.

Use a humidifier if the air is dry in your home. If your child does get stuffed up, a nasal aspirator can pull mucus out of her nose if she is too young to blow it. A steamy bathroom can loosen the mucus; you can also gently clap her chest and back with an open palm. To ease breathing as your baby sleeps, put a vaporizer near her. Over-the-counter medications for colds should not be used for children under four years old, and antibiotics are ineffective for viral infections.

Food and Remedies for Nursing Mother or Baby Older than Six Months

Keep your baby hydrated, and if she is eating solids, feed her immunity-boosting food when she is hungry. Note that food stagnation can prevent a cold from clearing, so be sure your baby eats slowly and does not overeat.

Topical Treatments
Foods to Emphasize

Simple, nourishing food, such as soups, broths, and stews. Serve foods with antibacterial and antiviral properties, such as radishes, ginger, and cooked vegetables. Onions added to broths or foods help break up mucus. Give your child warm food. Kuzu and chamomile herbal tea are remedies that can relieve the symptoms of a cold.

Foods to Avoid

Cold or frozen foods or drinks; spicy foods; mucus-producing foods such as dairy products, refined foods, sugars, and peanuts.

Essential Oils for Baby

Tea tree, lavender, eucalyptus, lemon

Acupoints for Baby
  • Lung 7
  • Large Intestine 11
  • Stomach 36
  • Triple Heater 5
  • Gallbladder 20
  • Conception Vessel 6, 12
  • Governing Vessel 12
Reiki for Baby

For two or more minutes, place your hands on the following parts of your child’s body: head, lungs, stomach and intestines, hara (belly), and lower back.

Massage for Baby
  • Massage the abdomen to improve digestion.
  • Massage the front and back of the chest to break up mucus.
Cold: Concerns

Secondary infections, such as earaches, sinus infections, bronchitis, and pneumonia are the major concerns.
Pay attention to your child’s breathing, body temperature, and overall condition. Call your health care provider whenever you feel it is necessary.


Note: The suggestions and ideas in this article are not intended to take the place of professional guidance or treatment; they are meant to complement the advice of your child’s health care provider, caretakers, and educators, while offering consolidated information to help you develop your intuition and make choices that fit with your own personal, religious, or spiritual philosophies. There is no guarantee as to the effects of the use of the recommendations and no liabilities can be taken.

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