No medicine is needed for cold because it is caused by a virus that cannot be treated completely. The virus has to be overcome by the body's own defence mechanisms, which take anywhere from 10-14 days, regardless of which medicines are taken. Colds are common in young children, and five or six colds a year are quite common. Babies under 6 months of age are less likely to catch colds because of the antibodies they receive from their mothers, especially if they are breastfed.
But a cold can cause a lot of distress, especially in young babies, because a blocked nose can make breathing difficult during feeding. Therefore consult a doctor as soon as possible for a recommendation on nose drops. Nose drops will help clear the nasal passage and provide significant relief to the child.
Nose drops can also be prepared at home, in the following way: To 4 ounces (120 ml) of water, add 1/4 teaspoon salt, mix the solution, boil it and let it cool. You can put 2-3 drops into each nostril.
Since colds in children can rapidly lead to sinusitis or bronchitis, if your child complains of a sore throat or an earache, consult your doctor immediately.