Ways To Treat Baby Nasal Congestion October 7, 2016 – Posted in: Babies – Tags: baby, care, medical tips
Baby nasal congestion is very common among babies. Although it isn’t that serious, the discomfort it causes can put your baby through a difficult time. It can affect his quality of sleep and make him grumpy and irritated.
If your newborn is having trouble breathing because of nasal congestion, it would be a good idea to call your pediatrician just to be on the safer side. Because colds can cause your baby to be dehydrated very quickly and if not taken care of, colds may develop into conditions like pneumonia.
A runny nose is actually a good thing as your body is fighting hard to get rid of the germs that have attacked it. But when it comes to babies, it causes a lot of discomfort and uneasiness. Here are few simple and effective ways to treat baby congestion:
Use Saline drops
A stuffy nose makes it difficult for your baby to breathe, sleep, eat and suck milk. So clearing his nasal passages is very important. This can be done with the help of a mild saline spray after consulting a pediatrician. Saline drops are available in any drug store. Gently spray the drops one nose at a time and then use a bulb syringe to clean out the mucus. Make sure to clean the syringe in hot water after each use.
Use a humidifier
Keeping a humidifier in your baby’s room will keep the air in the room moist and help provide relief from congestion. The water in the tub should be changed every day to prevent the growth of mold. The humidifier should be kept away from the baby so that the water is not sprayed directly onto his body. Another way to ease your baby’s congestion is to sit with him in the bathroom with hot water running and door closed. The steam coming from the hot water can help provide some relief from congestion.
Keep your baby well hydrated
When your baby has a cold, it is very important to keep him hydrated. For babies below 4 months old, it’s better to give breast milk or formula. For babies above 4 months old, you can give a little water or watered-down juices.
Nasal congestion will be a common thing for the first few years of your baby. As long as your baby is comfortable and eating well, no treatment is necessary. Your baby’s immune system will take care of the issue. However, if the symptoms are serious and debilitating, then the use of medications help. Be sure to consult a doctor before giving your baby any kind of medications.