How to treat a cough in infants

Most infants are exposed in their first year of life to germs and can catch cold up to 7 times. Since most cold and cough medications are not tested for use for infants, you should not give cough medications to your infant. In fact, most cough and cold medicines have been shown to cause side effects in infants, especially if doses are not taken correctly. You still need to make your child somehow healthy and comfortable. Since coughing is a natural and practical way for your infant’s body to get rid of irritants and mucus, you should make sure that your child can breathe comfortably despite coughing. Talk to your doctor about sucking mucus from your infant’s nose. Make your baby comfortable and make his room more comfortable by providing humidity in the air, giving your infant medicine and providing his body with more fluids.


Help your infant breathe

Make a saline solution

  • To make a brine, boil some tap water and let it cool or buy distilled water to use in the solution. Mix ½ a teaspoon of salt and ½ a teaspoon of baking soda in a glass of water. Stir the mixture well and pour it into a jar or a lockable storage container. You can store the brine at room temperature for up to three days until you need to use it.
  • You can also buy saline nose drops from any pharmacy. Saline solutions and drops are safe to use with infants if used correctly.


 Put the saline solution in your child’s nose

  • Bring a rubber suction syringe suitable for infants and fill it with saline. Place your infant on his back and tilt his head slightly back. Be sure to hold your infant’s head in your hand so that you have some control over the fall of the saline.
  • Slowly and gently apply two to three drops of saline solution into each nostril.
  • Be careful not to place the tip of the syringe too deep inside the infant’s nose. The tip of the syringe should be inserted until the beginning of the nostril only.
  • Don’t worry if your infant coughs part of the solution out of his nose.