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Is your baby suffering from nasal congestion?
As a parent it is difficult to watch your baby struggle with their stuffy nose. Although nasal congestion is common in babies and children, it can be very upsetting for a baby, especially at feeding and sleeping time, since babies are obligatory nose breathers. But through some natural and prescribed medicines you can help them overcome this state of unrest.
But first let’s understand …
WHAT CAUSES NASAL CONGESTION IN BABIES ?
Nasal congestion occurs when the membranes lining the nose become swollen from inflamed blood vessels. There can be a variety of things that can cause your baby to develop nasal congestion.
- Common cold
- Dry Air
- Irritants like pollens, dust, perfume etc can cause sensitivity
- Weather Change
- Inherit tendency
WHAT ARE THE SYMPTOMS
It is advisable to know the symptoms of congestion so that you can understand if that is the issue your baby is going through
- Trouble Sleeping
- Feeding difficulty.
- Mucus Discharge
- Noisy nasal breathing.
- Sneezing & Coughing
Considering on the seriousness of the situation there are various natural as well as prescribed medicines available. Here I am sharing few of them
10 WAYS TO RELIEVE YOUR BABY’S NASAL CONGESTION FOR A GOOD NIGHT SLEEP
Breastmilk also has wonderful antiviral constituents that will get your baby’s nose washed out by a solution that can naturally combat the virus directly. All you have to do is release a drop or two in the baby’s nose and let it do it’s magic of breaking down the mucus
Saline / Nasal Drops
A saline solution is available in nasal mists, sprays and drops from your local chemist or drug store. Saline nasal drops or sprays can be helpful to wash out the nose, which may assist in relieving congestion due to ‘irritants’. Nasivion Saline Drops is one such solution that helps in moistening nasal passages. However appropriate dosage by using the nasal dropper is advisable
The suction bulb is put into the baby’s nose and you need to squeeze the end to essentially suction the snot out. To ensure that your baby is comfortable with the process do it in the correct way as shown in the diagram below
Armor your baby with medicated drops prescribed by a doctor. Like my doctor prescribed me Nasivion (Mini) Baby Drops to ease the congestion. The drops come in two variant for babies and toddler – of 0.01% & 0.025 % concentration. These drops contain Oxymeatazoline in diluted concentrations that are suitable for infant for freeing up the nose without any trouble. Consult your doctor before using it.
Please check the website for more details and dosage.
New borns have narrow nasal passages that dry quickly. Hence placing a cool mist humidifier adds moisture in the vicinity thereby assisting in clearing up the stuffy nose. However keep in mind , the vapourizer should only be filled with water and not with other substances.
Alternately a steamy experience can also do wonders, similarly the way it helps adults . Steam up the bathroom and sit or breastfeed the baby for 15 mins, the humidity loosens dry congestion in the nose and helpes to drain out the mucus easily
Elevating the Head
Elevate your baby’s head using pillows or slings while they nurse or sleep. The elevations thins up the mucus from nose and chest relieving baby from congestion.
Keeping the baby hydrated
Staying hydrated prevents the nose from getting stuffed . If your little one has trouble nursing or doesn’t want to take a bottle, use a combination of saline drops and a nasal aspirator before each feeding to help clear congestion, and encourage him to drink as much as possible.
Simple Traditional methods
Use some old traditional method if the congestion is not too severe. Give a warm mustard oil body massage to the baby or some warm juices to kids above 6 months of age. A home made vaporizer can ease down the mucus or a simple wiping off the sticky mess can get some relief .
Know when to wait
If the congestion is not bothering your baby, you probably don’t need to intervene. Don’t panic as I understand you are a parent, but let it be out there and you never know the mucus will die away on it’s own.
Well these were some of my ways that I have used to relief my baby when he has a nasal congestion and it has worked for me to a great extent to get my baby to sleep peacefully inspite of the odds. You can try out these remedies, however If you using any medicated product be it over the counter ones, I would personally suggest to seek your doctors approval before using it. Every baby is unique and may respond to certain substances in a different way
Also check out this lovely initiative by Nasivion – Happy Nose Happy Mom
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