Coughing is common.
Babies cough and sneeze for the same reasons we do: to clear their nasal passages of something irritating, such as dust, or to move mucus or saliva out of their throats.
When it’s accompanied by congestion or a fever or it interferes with your baby’s eating and sleeping.
When should you worry about a baby cough?
Call your doctor if baby has:
- Any cough, and she’s younger than 4 months.
- A dry cough related to a cold (a runny nose but no fever) that lasts more than five to seven days.
- A dry or wet cough with a cold and a fever of 100 degrees or more.
- Mild, light wheezing.
- Fits of coughing.
Is coughing normal in infants?
In some ways, coughing is actually a good thing — it’s a reflex that helps protect baby’s throat and chest airways. If the cough lasts for more than three to four weeks, it’s considered chronic and isn’t typically normal for infants.
How can I help my baby cough up phlegm?
Lifestyle and home remedies
- Offer plenty of fluids. Liquids are important to avoid dehydration.
- Thin the mucus. Your baby’s doctor may recommend saline nose drops to loosen thick nasal mucus.
- Suction your baby’s nose. Keep your baby’s nasal passages clear with a rubber-bulb syringe.
- Moisten the air.
How can I tell if my newborn has a cold?
Other signs and symptoms of a common cold in a baby may include:
- Decreased appetite.
- Difficulty sleeping.
- Trouble nursing or taking a bottle due to nasal congestion.
When should I see a pediatrician for a cough?
Here’s when you should worry about a cough:
- Your child is having trouble breathing.
- Your child is having trouble swallowing.
- There is a high fever (102 degrees or higher) or any fever that lasts more than 3-5 days.
- The cough is constant.
- You hear a wheeze with the cough.
- The cough sounds barky, like a dog or seal.
How do you stop a baby from coughing?
Is your little one sick? These home remedies will quiet your child’s cough in no time
- Keep her head elevated.
- Steam things up.
- Use a humidifier.
- Get a NoseFrida.
- Clear the nose.
- Get sweet on honey.
- Lift your ban on candy.
- Use a chest rub.
What causes cough in infants?
Allergies, asthma, colds, and other respiratory infections are the usual culprits. Cold air or activity can make these coughs worse, and they often subside at night or when the child is resting. You should make sure that nothing in your house, like air freshener, pets, or smoke, is making your child cough.
Do babies cough for no reason?
Teething can cause an excessive amount of drool to drip down the back of your baby’s throat. This can sometimes cause your baby to cough. If there’s no sign of nasal congestion that could be the result of a cold or an allergy, this could be the case.
What causes persistent coughing in babies?
Coughs caused by colds due to viruses can last weeks, especially if a child has one cold right after another. Asthma, allergies, or a chronic infection in the sinuses or airways also might cause lasting coughs.
How can I get the mucus out of my baby’s chest?
Use a Bulb Syringe
A bulb syringe helps suction mucus out of your baby’s mouth and nose. If you can loosen the mucus enough for it to drain out of the airways, use the bulb syringe to remove it the rest of the way. Squeeze the bulb before putting it into your baby’s mouth.
How can I clear mucus from my baby’s chest?
A few home treatments can make your little one comfortable again.
- Try Saline (Saltwater) Drops. You can buy this at the store.
- Remove the Sticky Stuff. Sometimes mucus hardens into a crusty or sticky mess around your baby’s nose.
- Give Love Pats.
- Know When to Wait It Out.
Can my baby choke on mucus?
In fact, babies can make so much nasal mucus that they can choke or gag on it. Unfortunately, they can also get “bronchiolitis” – inflammation of the small airways deep in a baby’s lungs.
Is it normal for a newborn to cough and sneeze?
Sneezing. It is normal for your newborn babies to sneeze frequently. It is her way of clearing airborne fluff, dust and mucous from her nose as well as milk, which can go up into her nose when she vomits. If you notice other symptoms such as a fever or cough you may need to have your baby checked by your doctor.
Is a cold dangerous for a newborn?
A baby can catch a cold at any age or time of year. Common colds in newborns aren’t dangerous, but they can quickly escalate into conditions that are, such as pneumonia or croup. Any illness in a baby under 2 or 3 months old is a reason to call their pediatrician, especially if they’re running a fever.
Do newborns get cold easily?
That said, keeping the temperature between 68 and 72 degrees F is a good range in the summer and winter. When the room is too hot, research has shown that it can increase your baby’s risk of SIDS; when it’s too cold, baby can easily become uncomfortably chilly and wake up unnecessarily.