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Baby Stuffy Nose

Baby stuffy nose advice and remedies

Stuffy noses are very normal and occur all throughout childhood. While a stuffy nose in baby 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.

Newborn with stuffy nose & baby nose congestion

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 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 one the safe side.

Baby stuffy nose remedies

A stuffy nose in baby can happen at any time, and it often comes on quite suddenly. A stuffy nosed 3 month old is most likely experiencing his or her first cold. While a baby runny nose can cause you and your child a decent amount of discomfort, it is not anything serious.

You can use a baby nose syringe to help suck out the mucus that is making it difficult for your baby to breathe. When using a baby nose siringe, 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 breastmilk 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 present. 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

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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 baby is still very small. I would recommend breastfeeding baby in the football hold if baby is still very small and you want to keep his nose open.

It is important that you keep breastfeeding when baby is sick as the breast milk will help baby get better sooner because of the antibodies in breast milk.

Read more on breastfeeding a sick baby here.

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