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Babies immunity and possible infections

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My 1 month old caught the common cold from his older sister. What will the doctors do or give him if i take him to the hospital; being that he is so young?

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replied May 19th, 2010
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Babies have received the immunity from the mother when they were still in the womb. This protects the baby in the first six months of its life. However, this makes the baby susceptible to viruses and bacteria at the same rate as the mother.

When you take the baby to a doctor, a physical examination of the nose, the throat and the lungs would be done. Laboratory tests needed to detect the exact cause of the infection are likely to be performed, too. Since a common cold is usually caused by a virus, the doctor might decide not to prescribe antibiotics and instead opt to wait and see. If the baby has a fever, antipyretics would be recommended. If a bacterial cause is detected, then adequate antibiotics would be given. The only specific thing about this is that not all antibiotics are recommended for babies. But, do not worry. A -pediatrician, whom you are advised, would know what antibiotic is allowed to be given to your baby. A pump to take out the fluid from the nose would ease the baby’s breathing. This would also help the baby to eat, because a running nose might make the breastfeeding more difficult because the baby would keep gasping for air.

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