Baby stuffy nose advice and remedies
Baby Stuffy Nose
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
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
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
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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