Baby Stuffy Nose

 Stuffy Nose Advice and Remedies

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.

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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 mucus.

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 present. 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.

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 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.

It is crucial 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.

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