How Many Colds Do Babies and Children Get Each Year?

by Laura Klein

No parent likes to see their little one suffering with a cold or congestion.  But it's a fact of life. 

Here are the statistics. 

Babies average between 6-10 colds per year. 

Babies can only breathe through their nose, so congestion can be dangerous and uncomfortable. 

In families with children in childcare, the number of colds can reach 12 per year! 

Little ones are little germ magnets.  But why is this so?

The Mayo Clinic reports babies are especially susceptible to the common cold, in part because they're often around older siblings who are bringing home many different viruses from kindy and school.

One reason that babies get a lot of colds is that their immune systems are immature, making them more vulnerable to illness. Web MD reports there are more than 200 different viruses cause the common cold and your child is developing immunity to them one at a time. 

Think of all the colds you've had in your lifetime. Your little one would have to get all of those – and more – to be immune to all cold viruses.


As your baby grows into a curious toddler, they are likely to be exploring, touching and licking everything, so it's easy for them to pick up a cold virus on their hands. Then all they have to do is put those chubby fingers into the mouth or nose or rub their eyes, and the virus will get a chance to set up shop.

Your baby may get sick more often during Autumn or Winter because cold air and indoor heating dry out the nasal membranes, making it easier for a cold virus to get a foothold there. Children also spend more time indoors during cold weather, where viruses can spread more easily from one person to another.  But even as the weather warms up, a number of colds can hit in Spring and Summer.

Even adults have a hard time breathing and sleeping with a stuffy nose -- now imagine you're a baby who can't even blow their own nose.  

Luckily help is at hand...


No medicine will make a virus go away faster, but you can help your baby feel better and prevent the infection from getting worse by making sure they gets plenty of rest and liquids. 

And a nasal aspirator is the answer to relieve a cranky, congested baby instantly, especially as they can't blow their own nose until around the age of 4 or 5.

The Snotty 3 Ultimate Aspirator is a battery powered, waterproof snot sucker that provides constant gentle suction and is effective in clearing nasal mucus in 5 seconds.  As as the snot is removed from the source, it can prevent secondary ear and chest infections.  


The unit can be used one handed while your child is sitting or lying.  And as it is completely waterproof, we recommend using it in the bath or shower, to take advantage of the steam that naturally loosens the congestion, ready for extraction.  

The Snotty Original Aspirator also comes with a free refillable saline spray bottle, to loosen up any snot, making it quick and easy to remove.  

If you've tried the manual bulb snot suckers in the past (and hated them!!), you will be delighted with the battery powered aspirator, as it makes a yucky job quick and easy. 

And your little one will feel better, breathe better and sleep better - instantly!

Using a Cool Mist Ultrasonic Vaporiser in their bedroom will purify the air, release healing negative ions and hydrate their nasal passages and skin.  

The purified mist can assist with sleep and breathing, and relieve coughs and sniffles in a natural, safe way.  

Adding healing organic essential oils (not fragrant/chemical mixtures) to the water vapour, will further assist breathing and respiratory health, and relieve coughs and sniffles.  Parenthood Helpline recommends diffusing plain tap water in an ultrasonic cool mist vaporiser from birth to 3 months. Generally after 3 months, essential oils can be added to the water in the recommended dilution.

If these products sound like a great solution, you can grab our new value pack - a Snotty Nasal Aspirator, an Aroma Snooze Cool Mist Vaporiser, and 2 Organic Essential Oils.  Click here...

Your little one's next cold may be just around the corner.  You'll be so glad to have these products in the medicine cabinet, ready to use at the first sign of a cold.  It's the best decision to help little ones recover from colds in a safe, natural way. 

So whether you are pregnant with your first child, or have a tribe of little ones at home already, we've got you covered for the best cold and sniffle solutions in Australia.....