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Congestion in Babies

What are the symptoms? What are the treatments?


The main reason babies may get a stuffy nose is hen they have a cold or other viral illness. However, allergies, dry air and dust can also cause congestion.

What are the symptoms of Congestion in babies?

We all know it feels to be congested so it’s easy to imagine what your baby is going through when it comes to this.

Although they’ll probably be less whingey than a daddy with the dreaded ‘man flu’, bunged-up babies (large and small) find it hard to eat, breathe and sleep. You may also notice they are chesty with the mucus sometimes travelling from their nasal passage to their lungs. Although this symptom is normal and can go hand in hand with nasal congestion, those in the medical world always recommend you see a doctor to rule out any infections.

What are the treatments and remedies of Congestion in babies?

Babies are too small to know that they can breathe through their mouths and blow their noses.

Running a hot shower and sitting in the steamy bathroom with your little one can help to unclog your baby’s nose. Saline nose drops are also another way to loosen dried nasal secretions. Drops can sometimes be hard to place into your baby's nose, so look for a spray which makes things easier.

Another way to help with this is to invest in a nasal bulb syringe to help clear out secretions or opt for vaporizer drops, which can be put onto a handkerchief and placed out of reach near to your baby as they sleep.

If you feel uncomfortable using nasal drops, then another way to help open your baby's nasal passages is through a room vaporizer. Plug this into an electrical socket and it will fill the room with softly soothing vapors that not only help unclog your little one’s nose but also create a relaxing night time environment, though check the label or with the pharmacist if you baby is old enough for this as they may have an age range.

If you’re little one is still suffering then try keeping them upright during the day when they are awake, which could help ease the stuffiness. However, although it may be tempting, never leave them in a car-seat propped up in any other chair to sleep overnight.

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This article is not meant to substitute medical advice provided by a practicing medical professional - if you have any concerns, contact your physician immediately.

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