Daily Health Tips: Common Cold In A Baby.


Q: Good day Doctor K, I gave birth 3weeks ago and now my baby is having cold and cough what can I do to stop them?

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Q: Please ma’am, my baby is 3 weeks old. I was induced and since I gave birth the baby has had cough. He’s gone through the third prescription now, but they have all failed.

A: Thanks for writing in.

I’m not sure what prescription the baby has been on. Cough syrups? Antibiotics? When you say prescription, do you mean it was prescribed by his paediatrician?

Generally, cough could be due to common cold, allergies or other irritants in the environment, croup, whooping cough etc.

If your baby has a common cold, giving an antibiotic does not help as it is not a bacterial infection. Indeed, giving antibiotics when they are not needed can make organisms develop antibiotic resistance. Cough syrup is also not a great idea as it may contain substances that could speed up baby’s heart rate. A common cold is a viral infection. With or without medication, the…

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