March 2012

Your baby is very likely to sneeze from time to time. This usually does not mean that he/she is getting a cold. He/she may sneeze only to clear his/her nose of tiny particles of fuzz, which often lodge there. These particles frequently come from the new blankets or flannel clothes.

One way to tell whether your baby is sneezing because he has a cold or because of fuzz or dust is to notice the amount of nasal discharge produced. If he has a cold, there is usually a large amount nasal discharge produced, while in the healthy child the nose will be dry and the only mucus that you will see will be expelled with the sneeze. In addition, an infant with a cold usually will have difficulty in eating and will have other signs of illness.

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