If you think carefully about how miserable you were during your last cold you can begin to see how miserable your baby must feel the first time they catch a cold and have no idea what is plaguing them. Viruses are actually the reason that people catch colds in the first place at any age because infected people spread the virus around to each other when they cough or sneeze.
Once the virus is airborne it is able to get into the throat or nose of the affected person where it quickly multiplies and becomes a larger problem. Since a baby cannot tell you that they are coming down with a cold as a parent it is your job to know the symptoms to look for. Some of the most common symptoms include a runny nose and sneezing from your child.
It is also possible that he or she will have a sore throat which may be evident from difficulties swallowing or swollen glands in the back of the throat. Most likely you will notice that they are not eating as much and are in a much more irritable mood than usual.
When cold like symptoms occur in a child that is younger than three months old it is important to call a pediatrician right away because many times cold symptoms in an infant can be misleading and can potentially lead to larger problems.
On the other hand, if a child is older they can muddle through on their own unless you notice that his or her breathing is loud, nails or lips are blue, or the mucus is thick and green which is a sign of infection. Other reasons that you may want to call the pediatrician for a child over three months is if they have a temp above 102F or have a cough for over a week.