Stuffy noses are very normal and occur all throughout childhood. While a stuffy nose can definitely be an inconvenience, it is normally nothing to worry about, and there are several natural ways to help alleviate your child’s discomfort.
If you have a newborn with a stuffy nose, this is nothing out of
the ordinary and most likely no cause for concern. After a baby is born,
there are still some fluids and mucus that need to be expelled from the
nose and throat.
Your child may have some nose congestion, sneeze frequently, and have a light cough for a few days. If a newborn's stuffy nose persists longer than a few days, it is probably a good idea to bring it up at your child’s next checkup to be on the safe side.
You can use a nose syringe to help suck out the mucus that is making it difficult for your baby to breathe. When using a baby nose syringe, it is important not to insert the tip of the syringe too far into the nasal cavity and always depress the bulb before inserting it into the nose. You can also use saline nasal drops to help thin the mucus.
Another great remedy for a baby’s stuffy nose, or for any child
of nursing age who has a cold, is to squirt breast milk into the nostrils
to thin the mucus and then use the syringe to suck everything back out.
This combo will also help combat any germs or infection that may be
Read more interesting things that you can use your breast milk for.
While decongestants are not recommended for children of this age, you can always check with your pediatrician to see if he or she can recommend anything to help alleviate your child’s discomfort and help him or her sleep better as well. If you notice any kind of odor from baby’s nose, you should also contact your pediatrician to rule out any bacterial infections that may require a round of antibiotic treatments.
By Katelynne Shepard
Breastfeeding a baby with a stuffy nose
Most moms find that if they breastfeed as shown in the picture, with baby’s legs straddling your own, it can help keep their noses open while nursing. This could be a little bit difficult if your baby is still very small. I would recommend breastfeeding baby in the football hold if baby is premature. This will help keep your baby's nose open.
It is important that you keep breastfeeding when your baby is sick, as
the breast milk will help your baby get better sooner because of the
antibodies in breast milk.
Read more about breastfeeding a sick baby here.
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