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Babies Encyclopedia: How can you tell if your baby has a cold?

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Asked by CafeMom Team at 12:56 PM on Sep. 9, 2010 in Babies (0-12 months)

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  • Fever, weezing, stuffiness, runny nose, cough are all signs of a cold.

    Answer by Jademom07 at 1:05 PM on Sep. 9, 2010

  • This can be tricky. If your baby has a cold, he might have a runny nose with clear mucus that may thicken and turn gray or yellow or green over the next week or so. He might have a cough or a low-grade fever.
    So if you baby is running a fever, watch him when his fever comes down. If he plays and eats normally (or almost normally — he might eat a bit less and drag a little), then it's probably a cold. If he acts ill even when his temperature drops, though, he may have something more serious than a cold. Also, a flu or other illness is more likely to have an abrupt onset, and is more likely to be accompanied by diarrhea or vomiting. On the other hand, if congestion or coughing shows up before any fever, it's more likely that your child has a cold.

    Answer by MTM at 1:45 PM on Sep. 9, 2010

  • "The most common sign of an infant cold is a runny nose or congestion, which occurs fairly easily since a baby's nasal passages are small. It is normal for a baby with a cold to have clear nasal discharge at first, but it will generally become thicker and turn shades of green or yellow before becoming clear again. Additional signs of an infant cold include coughing, sneezing, watery eyes, and a low-grade fever."


    Answer by xxhazeldovexx at 1:45 PM on Sep. 9, 2010

  • runny nose & congestion.

    Answer by UnprfctSAHMto2 at 2:03 PM on Sep. 9, 2010

  • Usually if the nasal discharge is more than the normal "baby boogies" and there is a good deal of coughing going on that is a sure sign. I also pay attention to her attitude, if she is more sleepy and irritable that is a good sign she isnt feeling to well.

    Answer by RodeoGirlUSA1 at 2:37 PM on Sep. 9, 2010

  • when they shiver lol just kidding when they have a runny nose coughing and sneezing might have fever.

    Answer by TikkiNippets at 3:11 PM on Sep. 9, 2010

  • Runny nose and congestion, they might also have a fever.


    Answer by cynprz at 3:38 PM on Sep. 9, 2010

  • Runny nose, congestion, coughing, fever, stuffy nose, more fussy, more sleepy, less activity

    Answer by Honeybun09 at 11:46 PM on Sep. 9, 2010

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