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What Should I Do If I Get a Cold While Breastfeeding?
27 Jan' 21

What Should I Do If I Get a Cold While Breastfeeding?

 

 

If you're nursing, it's especially crucial to watch what you eat because whatever you eat can end up in your breast milk and so be consumed by your kid. 

While the majority of cold drugs are safe to take while breastfeeding, make careful to:    

  • Consult your physician.  
  • Determine the medicine's active component.  
  • Make sure you're using the correct dosage.  
  • Prepare to keep a close eye on your child for any behavioral or medical changes.  
  • The amount of drug that enters your milk when breastfeeding is often much lower (approximately 5-10 times lower) than what your baby would be exposed to while in your uterus. 
  • However, because these medications only enter your milk in trace amounts, try to stick to the smallest quantity necessary to alleviate your discomfort. You can also feed your infant first and then take the drug to reduce any potential side effects. 

Which cold drugs are safe to take when nursing a baby? 

The following cold drugs are deemed safe to take while breastfeeding:  

  •  Acetaminophen  
  • Zyrtec Ibuprofen (cetirizine)  
  • Afrin (oxymetazoline), Flonase, Nasacort (steroids), or simple saline Dextromethorphan nasal sprays (you will have to keep an eye on your baby for any unusual drowsiness or a decrease in appetite while you are on this drug) 
  • Mild antiseptics or lozenges  
  • Oseltamivir, for example, is an antiviral drug used to treat influenza (although your doctor will prescribe the best treatment for you)  
  • The majority of eye drops for cold and allergy relief  

Getting the flu vaccine while breastfeeding is also safe.  

Is it safe to take antibiotics while breastfeeding?

The following antibiotics are generally safe to take during breastfeeding:  

Amoxicillin is a kind of antibiotic (for bacterial infections, such as strep throat or ear infections) 

Penicillin is a kind of antibiotic (for bacterial infections, such as strep throat or ear infections)  

Azithromycin is a kind of antibiotic (for bacterial infections, such as pink eye or bacterial bronchitis)  

 

What medications should you avoid if you're breastfeeding?  

The following medicines should be avoided while breastfeeding:  

  • Zinc supplements with codeine 
  • Aspirin
  • Benadryl

What are some home treatments for treating a cold?

Human milk's ability to adapt is one of its most remarkable qualities. Breast milk contains antibodies specific to germs and viruses that the mother and infant are exposed to, as well as disease-fighting chemicals that help prevent many common illnesses. Antibodies are sent from a mother to her baby through her milk, and these antibodies can eliminate microorganisms in the infant's gastrointestinal tract before they can cause illness.  

If you're looking for a natural way to get rid of a cold, consider the following home remedies:  

  

  • Steam: Inhaling steam over a bowl of hot water can help with nasal congestion. 
  • Nasal sprays or saline drops These are similarly inexpensive and helpful in the treatment of nasal congestion.  
  • Water: Aim for at least 10 glasses (8-ounce glasses) of water every day, as a cold can dehydrate you.  
  • Honey and ginger are a great combination. These are antibacterial and decongesting natural ingredients. Raw honey can be used to sweeten ginger tea or eaten on its own.  
  • Garlic: Allicin, an antibacterial, antiviral, and antiseptic compound found in garlic, has been shown to have antibacterial, antiviral, and antiseptic activities.  
  • Broth made from chicken: Chicken soup has been shown in studies to have minor anti-inflammatory properties, which may help with upper respiratory infections.  
  • Taking medications while pregnant or breastfeeding might be frightening for some women. 
  • However, sometimes the best thing you can do for yourself and your baby is to utilize drugs wisely to help you feel better enough to get through the day. Call your doctor if you're unsure.

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