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Nurse Chickie

Written by The Twin Source

Common Colds in babies

As your infants grow, they are likely to pick up many colds and coughs. Please know that in the first year of life, a baby can have as many as 10 colds; usually, these colds are not complicated by any other problems. Try to have on hand lots of tissues and hand sanitizer for adults and children who will be around your infant twins.

Infants predominantly breathe through their noses, and some may sound very "snorty"—even if they are not congested. Babies also sneeze frequently to clear irritants from their noses, and they cough to clear their throats. This does not necessarily mean they have a cold. If your infant seems congested, there are several things you can do to help:

  • Elevate the head of the crib.
  • Place a few drops of saline solution (purchased in the pharmacy) in the nose, wait 30 seconds, then suction out with a nasal aspirator (blue bulb). The saline that is not suctioned out will go down the throat and help to clear the mucus there. Tip: Aim the bulb straight back instead of upward in the nose.
  • Run a cool mist humidifier.
  • Change the filters in your furnace/air exchange vent.
  • Avoid over-the-counter medications. If the baby's symptoms become increasingly worse, or if he or she develops a fever or difficulty breathing, call your pediatrician for an appointment.


Nurse Chickie, The Twin Source house RN, has almost three decades of nursing experience beginning with pediatrics in 1982, and more love for her “grandbabies” than two little twins can handle.


Always remember, the information contained on The Twin Source is not intended for medical diagnosis. Any medical information found on this site should be discussed with your health care professional. Always consult your doctor for any medical advice.

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