Stuffy noses are very normal and occur all throughout
childhood. While a stuffy nose can be an
inconvenience, it usually is nothing to worry about, and there are
several natural ways to help alleviate your child’s discomfort.
Baby Nose Congestion Tips
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.
Baby Stuffy Nose Remedies
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
Another excellent 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
Learn about more interesting breastmilk uses.
While decongestants are not recommended for children of this age, you
can always check with your pediatrician to see if he or she can
suggest anything to help alleviate your child’s discomfort and help
him or her sleep better as well. If you notice any 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.
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 the baby is premature; this will help keep your baby's nose open.