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By Health Promotion Board in collaboration with Dr. Yvonne Ng, Senior Consultant, Department of Neonatology, National University Hospital.

Fever and cold are common infant conditions, they are something all parents will have to deal with, so fret not!

Treating a Cold

Your child will need plenty of fluids—breast milk/formula and water (if above 6 months old) and bedrest. This is not the time for your baby to be in crowded places or among sick people.

The common symptoms of a cold include a blocked and runny nose, watery eyes, sneezing, and coughing. If your baby has difficulty sleeping because of a blocked nose, consult a doctor. Your doctor may prescribe some medication to help clear the nose and help your baby sleep better at night.

Related: Nosebleeds in Children

Treating a Fever

fever is usually a symptom of an infection. Let your baby rest and monitor the situation by measuring his temperature at frequent intervals. Most fevers with viral illnesses range between 38.3 and 40 degrees Celsius and may last 3 to 5 days.

Do not wrap your baby in layers of clothing to "sweat it out", and do not give your child any medicine without consulting the doctor first.

Bring your baby to see a doctor if he has a fever above 39 degrees Celsius and any of the following symptoms:

  • He is not eating well or can't keep food down due to vomiting
  • He has difficulty breathing
  • He is lethargic and drowsy
  • He has abdominal pain and discomfort
  • He has a rash
  • He is dehydrated (e.g. not passing enough urine)

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