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Baths When Sick

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Is it okay to give baby a bath even if he has cough and cold symptoms?

A soothing, warm bath is a great way to alleviate “cold” symptoms. Warm water seems to open clogged nasal passages and relax achy muscles.

Parents often ask this question concerned that a bath could make children sicker. There is no evidence that baths suppress an individuals immune system. I do agree that prolonged exposure to cold water or an extremely cold after bath environment could make an individual sicker.

Sick toddlers often acquire dried-on nasal mucus (especially overnight). Wiping these tenacious boogers often leads to pain, crying, and redness. Showers or baths are a painless way to remove this crusted nasal mucus. When our young children wake with caked-on mucus, I often include them in my morning shower. After the shower, try applying some lotion on their face to help ease the removal of future boogers.

 

Written April 2012 by
Dr. Gordon, Orlando Pediatrician

 

 

 

 

 

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