Fever, Cough And Colds In Nursing Mothers And Infants Aged 3 Months?
I have a cold cough, but I am breastfeeding my child who is under 3 months old, now my child has a fever, cough, runny nose. Is my son infected by me? What should I do? Do I stop breastfeeding my baby and wait for my physical condition to recover? Then how about the medication for my child?
Hello Tresa, Thank you for the question.
From your story, chances are your child is infected with you. Coughs and colds can be transmitted to other people through splashes of coughing or sneezing from sufferers then inhaled by others. So, if you cough or sneeze and your baby happens to be near you, of course your baby can be infected. Even if you are sick, you can still breastfeed your baby, but make sure you are more careful, for example by wearing a mask, covering your mouth and nose when coughing and sneezing or taking your face away from your baby, and always keeping your hands clean.
Most cold cough conditions are caused by a viral infection and usually go away on their own without special treatment. In addition to the suggestions you mentioned above, other things you can do for your baby are:
keep breastfeeding your baby to monitor your child's body temperature with a thermometer regularly do regular water compresses on your child's forehead, armpits and groin to help relieve fever do not carelessly give any medicine to your child without doctor's advice If complaints of a cold cough do not improve more than 2 weeks, please consult further with your pediatrician for further examination and treatment for your baby. However, if this complaint is accompanied by continuous high fever, shortness of breath, a baby looking pale, a baby having difficulty breastfeeding, or seizures, please take your baby immediately to the nearest hospital emergency room.
Hope this information helps.