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    Use a Humidifier

    Moisture in the air makes it easier to breathe, so run a humidifier in your child's bedroom at night. Cool-mist models are safer than those that produce steam. Follow cleaning instructions on the device to prevent mold.

    Lower Fevers

    Some colds and coughs come with a slight fever. If your baby or toddler has a fever, follow these steps:

    • Babies under 1 month: Call your pediatrician. Fever isn’t normal.
    • Babies under 3 months: Call the doctor for advice.
    • Babies 3 to 6 months: Give acetaminophen every 4 to 6 hours as needed. Follow dosage guidelines closely, and only use the syringe that came with the medicine, not a household spoon.
    • Babies 6 months or older and toddlers: Give acetaminophen every 4 to 6 hours or ibuprofen every 6 to 8 hours. Don't give both drugs at the same time -- it could lead to accidental overdose.

    Serve Easy-to-swallow Foods

    Babies and toddlers with scratchy, sore throats often don't want to eat because it hurts to swallow. Feed them foods that go down more easily.

    Toddlers and babies who eat solids may prefer soft, smooth foods. Try ice cream, ice pops, flavored gelatin, pudding, yogurt, or applesauce. If they prefer warmer foods, try chicken broth or freshly made pudding. Babies 6 months and younger should stick with breast milk or baby formula.

    These are just a few easy ways to soothe your little one’s cough or cold. Try them instead of over-the-counter medicines. She’ll be feeling better in no time.

    WebMD Medical Reference

    Reviewed by William Blahd, MD on October 27, 2015
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