Protecting your baby in the winter
What is a cold?
Colds are a contagious viral infection that affects the respiratory tract. In most cases, the infection wanes on its own after a few days (4-10 days).
Newborns can contract up to 8 colds a year, since their defense mechanisms are still immature. But every time a baby catches a cold, the baby’s immunity builds and he is better able to fight off the many viruses that surround him.
The symptoms of a cold are as follows:
- Stuffy or runny nose
- The child is fretful, not eating well, and not sleeping well
- Fever, in some cases
- Vomiting, in some cases
If your baby has these symptoms, consult your doctor.