7 Methods: How To Help Baby Sleep With Cold Symptoms?

Is your little one not able to sleep because of a cold?

Are you trying to find out ways in which you can help relieve your baby’s cold to help them sleep better?

Does your little one often fall sick with a cold and has difficulty in falling and staying asleep?

If you are worried that getting a cold is often interfering with your baby’s sleep pattern and is making your baby more and more uncomfortable, then we can get you some help with our suggestions and tips today. Before you start helping your little one, it is also important to understand why having a cold makes it difficult for your baby to fall asleep and whether or not sleep can help your baby get better faster. We also share 7 ways that could help your baby fall asleep faster, especially when she or he has a cold. So if this is what you are looking for, do read on.

Why do babies have difficulty sleeping when they have a cold?

When your baby suffers from a cold, you may notice that it interferes with the way your baby usually sleeps. It could make it difficult for baby to fall asleep, and even if baby is sleeping around regular sleep times, you may notice that your baby is having trouble while sleeping and may wake up in the middle of the sleep.

Here are a few reasons that can make it difficult for your baby to fall asleep when he or she is suffering from a cold:

  • When your baby has a cold, it causes an overall feeling of discomfort and makes them feel sick. As a result it can interfere with the sleep.
  • With cold, your baby may also experience some problem in the throat, such as a scratchy or itchy throat, stuffy nose that makes it difficult to breathe, runny nose or sore throat.
  • In addition, your baby may also have other signs and symptoms, such as a mild or high temperature, body ache, pain in the ears and so on.
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    If your baby is suffering from any of the other signs and symptoms that are associated with a cold, it can also make it difficult for your baby to fall and stay asleep.

7 things that parents can do to help babies sleep when they have a cold

1. Use a nasal aspirator to relieve congestion

  • Using a nasal aspirator will help to get out the mucus from your baby’s nose especially if your baby is not able to blow the nose.
  • If your baby is less than a year old, this can come in especially handy, as most babies tend to start breathing with their mouth and are not able to properly do so, which can make it very uncomfortable.

2. Give baby a warm, steamy bath before bedtime

  • Once it is time for your baby to go to bed, you can run a warm bath and sit in the bathroom with your baby.
  • If your baby is feeling up to it, give them a nice warm bath that will help to relax them and make them feel calmer, which can help them sleep better. The steam from the water will also help.
  • If your baby is cranky and does not really want to get in a bath now, you can still run the warm bath and be in the bathroom with baby in your arms.
  • The steam from the water will help to open up your baby’s nasal passage and also help to thin out the mucus, which will help to reduce the congestion.

3. Place a humidifier in the nursery

  • You can add a humidifier or a vaporizer in your baby’s nursery, or in the room where baby is going to sleep.
  • When your baby has a cold, it can cause the mucus to get dry and build up in the nose and also cause congestion in the airways. As a result, it can make it difficult for your baby to breathe.
  • Using a humidifier or a vaporizer can help to add moisture back into the room and keep your baby’s nasal passage moist, which will help them breathe easy and sleep better.
  • It will help to reduce any overall congestion that your baby may be having and also reduce the chances of coughing through the night.

4. Use essential oils

  • You may place some essential oils in your baby’s bath water or in the humidifier or vaporizer.
  • However, before you do so, make sure to check on this with your baby’s paediatrician.

5. Use homeopathic remedies

  • There are a lot of homeopathic medicines that are very effective in the results they give and will also not cause any side effects.
  • Before you go ahead and give your baby some, make sure that you are consulting only a registered homeopathic practitioner who has experience in prescribing medication for babies.
  • Homeopathic medicines come with some specific instructions about diet, so make sure you understand those, so that the medicines give the desired results.

6. Keep your baby’s head elevated

  • When your baby has a cold, lying down on a flat surface can make the condition worse than it is, and also interfere with smooth breathing.
  • If your baby is sleeping in a crib where you have the option of elevating the head side a little, try and raise the side of the head a little bit.
  • If you don’t have that option available, you can roll a towel and place it under the mattress on the side where your baby will place his or her head.
  • Alternatively, you can use an infant pillow and place it under your baby’s head, but make sure your baby is constantly supervised by a responsible and alert adult, so that the pillow does not cause any threat of suffocation.

7. Keep your baby hydrated

  • One of the best natural remedies that can give your baby some much needed relief is to continue breastfeeding your little one, especially if your little one has not stopped breastfeeding yet.
  • When your baby has a cold, there is a chance of the mucus building up and drying up inside, which can clog up the airways and make it difficult for your baby to breathe.
  • If your baby has enough fluids, it will help to thin down the mucus so that it starts to come out of baby’s nose and eases up the clogged airways. This will help your baby breathe easy and sleep better.
  • If you are already breastfeeding, please continue to do so. If you have stopped breastfeeding and your baby is on other liquids, make sure to give enough water and other fluids such as warm soups and such that will help to keep your little one hydrated.

How important is sleep for babies with a cold?

When your baby is sick, sleeping can actually help them get better. During sleep, your baby’s body is able to rest and improve the immunity that will help them get better faster and prevent such incidents in the future.

Can sleepless nights make babies more sick?

Yes, not getting enough sleep can actually prolong the health problems and make your baby feel sicker.

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