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How can you prevent colds in babies?

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  • Ask anyone who's sick to stay away from your home.
  • Keep your baby away from crowded places where there are lots of germs.
  • Wash your hands often during the day. Ask anyone who holds your baby to also wash their hands.
  • Clean your baby's toys often with soap and water.
  • Don't let anyone use your baby's cup, utensils, or towels.
  • Tell older children to cough or sneeze into a tissue or their elbow, instead of into the air.
  • Don't let anyone smoke near your child. Cigarette smoke can make your baby more likely to get sick.

From: When Your Baby Has a Cold WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES:

American Academy of Pediatrics: "Children and Colds," "Water & Juice."

FDA: "An Important FDA Reminder for Parents: Do Not Give Infants Cough and Cold Products Designed for Older Children," "Have a Baby or Young Child With a Cold? Most Don't Need Medicines."

Nemours Foundation: "Common Cold."

Paediatrics & Child Health: "Colds in Children."

Stanford Children's Health: "Upper Respiratory Infection (URI or Common Cold)."

Reviewed by Dan Brennan on May 08, 2018

SOURCES:

American Academy of Pediatrics: "Children and Colds," "Water & Juice."

FDA: "An Important FDA Reminder for Parents: Do Not Give Infants Cough and Cold Products Designed for Older Children," "Have a Baby or Young Child With a Cold? Most Don't Need Medicines."

Nemours Foundation: "Common Cold."

Paediatrics & Child Health: "Colds in Children."

Stanford Children's Health: "Upper Respiratory Infection (URI or Common Cold)."

Reviewed by Dan Brennan on May 08, 2018

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