When the child is cold, breathing through the nose becomes difficult and he is forced to breathe through the mouth. In this eventuality the pacifier can be an additional obstacle to breathing.
What to do if the baby is cold?
To solve the situation it is advisable:
- aspirate excess mucus from the nose with physiological solution
- humidify the environment because dry and hot air dries the mucous membranes, worsening the obstruction of the nose.
Even in the event of a cold, the pacifier should not be softened with any substance, to avoid the risk of tooth decay.
#It is not true that a little honey on a pacifier is good for colds. Honey should not be given in the first year of life because it contains botulinum toxin, which is harmful to the very young.
(Advice from the Italian Society of Pediatric Primary Care)
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In most cases, the cold is not severe in the newborn. More than anything else it is a nuisance: the infant breathes through the nose, and having it closed means it is more difficult to breastfeed.
How common is cold in infants
In the cold season the respiratory infections – among which in particular the cold – are a fairly common phenomenon, especially if there are older brothers or sisters in the house. Or if the newborn is very exposed to contact with friends and relatives, which could transmit some infectious agent.