Last update: Aug. 11, 2017
Minimal risk for breastfeeding and infant.
Common cold is due to viral infection of upper respiratory tract. Specific treatment does not exist. It is a self-limited condition that lasts from 2 to 5 days.
Causal viruses are not transmitted through the breast milk. Breastfeeding is not contraindicated, instead, stopping nursing would be harmful for the child because it may prevent her or him from taking specific antibodies (immunity) that are produced by the mother.
Isolation of the mother or child is not justified. Thouroughly hand washing is most effective to minimized the risk of transmission.
For symptomatic relief of nursing mothers Ibuprofen, Paracetamol (Acetaminophen), Acetyl-cysteine, Dextromethorphan, Triprolidine, Pseudoephedrine, Mucolytics and Expectorants are compatible with breastfeeding. Antihistaminic-drugs should be taken at lower dose. Medicine associations should be avoided. Consult your health provider.
Suggestions made at e-lactancia are done by APILAM´s pediatricians and pharmacists, and are based on updated scientific publications.
It is not intended to replace the relationship you have with your doctor but to compound it.
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