TRUST YOUR INSTINCTS
Most colds are just colds – and while your baby is a bit snotty, it’s nothing to worry about. But sometimes complications can develop, and you are the best judge of when to worry. “Trust your instincts,” says Katie. “If you feel there’s something to worry about then talk to a doctor.” And always get medical advice if your child is: Suffering from a persistently high temperature of over 38˚C – particularly if your baby is aged under three months. Not taking feeds – toddlers might go off their food a bit, but babies and toddlers should both still be drinking. Not weeing. Drowsy all the time, with no periods of being alert. Having breathing difficulties. Crying persistently or seeming irritable. Unable to swallow, or drooling and dribbling. Displaying ear, chest or throat pain – babies may tug their ears or struggle to swallow. Not showing signs of improvement after five days.