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Watching your infant struggle with a cold is just the worst. They're congested and miserable and can't even blow their nose, let alone communicate how they're feeling. And as if baby's first cold wasn't stressful enough, living through a pandemic means that every cough, sniffle or sneeze can send you doom-spiraling. (On the bright side, COVID vaccines are now available for babies 6 months and up.)
According to the AAP, most children get eight to 10 colds before they turn 2. Unfortunately, no matter how many precautions you take, they're bound to come down with a cold sooner or later.
How to tell if your baby has a cold
Your little one will likely still have good energy and appetite but may present with any combination of the following:
Symptoms may include:
- Runny nose
- Sore throat
- Possible low-grade fever
Baby's first cold can be rough—both on baby and on you! It's less than fun to see your little one in distress, even when it's simply from the common cold. But not to worry. In most cases, colds run their course in a matter of days without progressing to anything worse, and we're here to help you soothe those sniffles and bust that fuss with our favorite products to help ease baby's first cold. Though we can't promise a magical fix, we can promise that these items will help soothe and comfort your babe when they're not feeling their best.
Here are the 11 best products to have on hand for baby's first cold. Best of luck, mama!
Our favorite products for baby's first cold
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A version of this story was published December 1, 2021. It has been updated.