What to Do for Baby Sore Throat and Cough; Helpful Tips for You.

What to Do for Baby Sore Throat and Cough; Helpful Tips for You.

In the middle of the night, your baby seems irritable in feeding and swallowing, and the crying sound becomes stertorous. You suspect a sore throat, and you are worried about something more serious like tonsils. It is rarely a medical emergency, but for newborns, it is still troubling. Here I am going to discuss some causes and symptoms of sore throat and cough and what to do for a baby’s sore throat and cough.

Causes of sore throat and cough

Sore throats are common at any age and sometimes may be the sign of other illnesses. A strep throat infection may cause them. Here I list some causes due to which babies have sore throats and cough.

Common cold

A common viral infection usually causes a sore throat and cough called common cold. Runny nose and nasal congestion are the common symptoms of the common cold and sore throat in babies. 

On average newborn babies suffer from seven colds during the first year of their life because the immunity is not developed. 


Infants also suffer from tonsillitis. The viral infection also causes it. If your child has tonsillitis, he/she may not be interested in the feeding and also

  •  feel trouble in swallowing
  • Have fever
  • Crying sound is scratchy

If you think your child is troubling with tonsillitis, then consult your prediction. Stick with the soft food if your child is a solid engulfed.

Strep throat

It is also a type of tonsillitis but caused by a bacterial infection. But it is uncommon in the children who are under the age of 3. 

The symptoms of strep throat include fever and red tonsillitis. You also observe swollen lymph nodes on the neck. If you feel that your baby is suffering from strep throat, then consult with your pediatrician. He may perform some diagnostic tests and prescribe you some antibiotics.

What to do for baby sore throat and cough

New parents usually ask what to do for a baby with a cough. Here I list some home remedies which may prove helpful for you.


Set a humidifier in the baby’s room who suffers from a cough and sore throat. Humidifiers work best if your child has a stuffy nose and help your child to breathe easier. 

You put it near the baby, so the baby feels its warmth but at a safe distance. Clean it regularly because it produces bacteria which may cause your child too ill. If you do not feel any change, then consult your doctor to diagnose the problem.


Use suctions for three months to the 1-year child. Because babies are not able to blow out the nose, so suction is best for them. It helps to clean the mucus from the nose effectively.

Safety measures tips to prevent cough and sore throat

It is possible to prevent cough and sore throat if a common cold causes it. Consider the following measures to prevent your baby from sore throat and cough.

  • Keep the baby away from your family members who have signs and symptoms of sore throat and cough.
  • Avoid attending public gatherings and local transportation with newborn children.
  • Clean your baby’s toys and pacifier.
  • Always wash your hands before feeding.
  • Teach everyone to sneeze into the crook of their arm or use a tissue.

Keep an eye on the baby’s symptoms, if you feel any then immediately call your pediatrician. In usual cases, babies recover within 6 to 7 days. 

Once your baby is fully recovered, you again start his/her day-to-day activities from walk to the park and playing with siblings.