How to Help a Two-Week-Old Baby With a Cold

Young babies are especially susceptible to colds and other illnesses because their immune systems are immature. Watching your baby struggle with simple cold symptoms like a runny nose, a light fever and a cough is painful for a parent, especially when the baby is a 2-week-old newborn. However, most colds are not a cause for concern. Although you cannot give cold medicine to a young baby, there are plenty of things you can do to help your baby feel better while the cold runs its course.

Determine whether symptoms are serious enough to warrant a doctor visit. Call your doctor if your 2-week-old has any fever, severe coughing, trouble breathing, or thick, discoloured mucus. You should also call your doctor if your baby refuses to eat or has no wet diapers for six hours.

Squeeze a few drops of saline solution into each nostril. Then gently use a syringe to suction mucus out of his nose. This will temporarily relieve congestion. Do this before a feeding to make it easier for your baby to breathe while nursing.

Feed your baby the usual amount of breast milk or formula. She does not need any additional liquids.

Run a humidifier with a few drops of menthol or eucalyptus oil in your baby's room.

Put a folded towel under the head of your baby's mattress, between the mattress and the crib springs. This will allow him to sleep with his head elevated, which might make it easier for him to breathe.

Carry your baby for naps in a safe sling or upright carrier if she is unable to sleep in her crib.

Things You'll Need

  • Saline solution
  • Small rubber syringe suitable for a newborn
  • Humidifier
  • Menthol or eucalyptus oil (optional)
  • Sling or carrier (optional)
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About the Author

Lisa Baker has been a professional writer since 2001. She has published articles on parenting, environmental issues and religious topics in a variety of print and online venues, including "HomeLife Magazine" and "Pink & Green." She holds a Bachelor of Arts in English from Sweet Briar College.