Treating Baby Stuffy Nose
Stuffy nose is one of the most common health problems faced by babies. Nasal congestion is at least as irritating for infants as it is for adults. The problem is that your baby cannot tell you how hard it is to eat, breathe and sleep because of his/her stuffy nose. Most probably your baby is feeling very uncomfortable and irritated all the time due to blocked nose. Therefore it is good to treat this problem at the earliest. Luckily a baby stuffy nose can usually be treated easily with the help of simple home remedies.
When you are treating infant stuffy nose, you should remember that babies are too young for OTC nasal decongestants. Even stuffy nose remedies meant for kids should not be used on babies, especially if the baby is less than three months old. Drugs or medicines can even complicate the health problem instead of resolving it.
Saline water is a safe and one of the most popular remedies for babies. You will find ready-made saline water kits from any drugstore or you can prepare your own by mixing one cup of warm water and half teaspoon of table salt. Use a dropper to place few drops of saline solution in the baby’s nostrils. After this, gently massage the baby’s nose from both sides. Be sure to use sterile dropper. If you are breastfeeding, you can try squeezing a few drops of breast milk into your baby’s nose to loosen the mucus. Some experts claim that breast milk’s antimicrobial properties provide additional help.
Just like with adults, steam inhalation is an excellent way to treat baby stuffy nose. Steam will loosen the phlegm formed in the baby’s nose thus helping to clear the nasal passages. You can prepare some steam by boiling water and then hold it near your baby’s nose or you can prepare a vapor bath by taking your baby into a hot shower (naturally not placing the baby directly under the hot shower). Also consider installing a humidifier in your baby’s room and keep the room well humidified.
One way to treat newborn stuffy nose is to remove the mucus from the nose. Suction devices that can be used for this purpose are sold in all pharmacy stores. There are different kinds of suction devices available but at least for small babies a one piece rubber bulb type suction device is preferred. It is good to have someone to assist you when using a suction device since it is likely that your baby will cry and move a lot. To effectively clear infant stuffy nose, it is recommended to use the suction device after a steam bath or after the use of saline water.
Remember to feed your baby lots of water when he/she is suffering from a stuffy nose. Because of the nasal congestion your baby will breathe trough his/her mouth which can easily dehydrate your baby’s body.