baby stuff nose
It is hard seeing your baby suffer from a cold. The congestion makes it difficult for them to breath and all they can do is cry to show you how uncomfortable it is. Here are some tips to help your congested baby.
REST AND LIQUIDS
Keep the infection from worsening by ensuring she gets sufficient rest and liquids, which would include breast milk or formula if she’s less than four months old. Older babies can have a little water, and by six months she can begin drinking juices.
GETTING THE MUCUS OUT
Use a nasal aspirator to get the mucus out. If it is thick and difficult to suck out, squeeze some over-the-counter saline solution drops into each nostril first. This will loosen the mucus. Some say breastmilk works too. You can use a rubber bulb syringe to suck the mucus out. However, a better option would be to get the Nosefrida Baby Nasal Aspirator . It comes highly recommended by many mothers. It doesn’t make baby uncomfortable and works great in clearing baby’s congestion. This works well about fifteen minutes prior to a feeding if it’s difficult for your baby to breathe nasally while nursing. A bit of petroleum jelly to the outside of your baby’s nostrils can help reduce irritation.
Sitting with you in a steamy bathroom while the hot water’s on in the shower for about 15 minutes, or using a cool-mist vaporizer or humidifier to increase the moisture in your baby’s room should also help provide some relief for her. A warm bath could also work, and might provide her some additional comfort.
DON’T LET BABY LIE FLAT
Sleeping at a slight incline may also help relieve postnasal drip. However, don’t use pillows in her crib to accomplish this; the risk of suffocation is too great. Try placing a couple of rolled up towels between the crib springs and mattress, or you might also want to try allowing her to sleep in her car seat in a slightly upright position.
Be sure to contact your pediatrician at the first sign of any illness in an infant less than three months old, especially in instances of a fever of 100.4 degrees or if she has a cough. Your pediatrician can give you guidelines about what constitutes a fever in older infants. If baby’s symptoms don’t improve within five to seven days, her cough worsens, she’s wheezing or gasping (possible pneumonia or respiratory syncytial virus, or RSV), or tugs at her ear (possible ear infection), your pediatrician should also be notified immediately.
Here’s a video on what you can do to relief a baby’s stuffy nose.