How to ease nasal congestion in babies
No one likes to feel congested, and your baby can feel particularly miserable when they have a stuffy nose. As their parent or guardian, it’s up to you to help your baby feel better. Unfortunately, babies aren’t always happy with the solutions that you come up with. Explaining that some medicine will help them to feel better isn’t possible, and even medicine designed for babies isn’t always easy to give them.
A blocked nose can be the result of a cold or another mild illness. If your baby is congested, you can do a few different things to help them feel better. Try these tips for decongestion at home.
How to Identify Baby Nasal Congestion
Before using any remedies for decongestion, it’s important to know that congestion is the problem you’re dealing with. Another issue might be a nostril that has been blocked by a foreign object. Of course, sometimes a blocked nose is unmistakable, but it’s worth checking to see if there might be something up there! If there is, you should take your baby to A&E or a minor injuries unit to have it safely removed.
When your baby has a blocked nose, you might also notice mucus around their nostrils. They might have a low fever or other symptoms, or just be generally fussy or unhappy. Fortunately, there are some great remedies you can try when your baby has a stuffy nose.
Give Lots of Fluids
Ensuring your baby gets lots of fluids is a good first step when you’re tackling your baby’s congested nasal passages. Plenty of liquid will help to thin out any mucus, which can make it easier to soothe your baby’s blocked nose. Babies who are still being exclusively breastfed or bottle-fed don’t need to have extra water but make sure your baby is eating enough and getting all of the fluids they need.
Your baby might want shorter and more frequent feeds when they have a blocked nose, but pay attention to whether your baby is drinking less than usual or has fewer wet nappies. If so, you should seek medical attention to make sure your baby doesn’t become dehydrated.
Use a Nasal Spray or Drops
Nasal sprays and drops are one option for baby nasal congestion. When your baby has a stuffy nose at night or during the day, these products can help. They can be a little tricky to use, especially if you have a wriggly baby, but there are also some things that you can do to make it easier.
Nasal sprays or drops use a saline solution to thin out mucus and help unblock your baby’s nose. You can usually use these products from birth, so they’re suitable for a newborn blocked nose. For the best chance of success, use these products when your baby is relaxed and less likely to wriggle around. With a spray, you simply need to insert the nozzle into your baby’s nostril and spray once, then repeat on the other side.
Another baby blocked nose home remedy is to use a nasal aspirator. These are designed to suck the mucus from your baby’s nose and be used for newborn nasal congestion. Some are designed for you to suck the mucus out with your mouth – don’t worry, there’s a filter to protect you! Others are bulb-shaped and are gently squeezed and then released.
Decongest with Soothing Vapours
Soothing vapours can also be used to help relieve decongestion for your baby, with products that are suitable from around 3 months old. One option is a vapour plug, or you can use another product for infant nasal congestion. Our Safe and Sound Infant Inhaler is a soother that has a chamber designed to hold your vapour product. It releases vapours safely while preventing your baby from ingesting the product. As your baby sucks on the dummy, the vapours are gently released and will relieve their nasal congestion.
It’s a simple way to help your baby feel better by easing a blocked nose. There’s no fuss or trying to get anything into your baby’s nostrils while begging them to keep still. Sucking on the dummy is soothing for your baby, and it means you can use a decongestant vapour product in a safe way.
Clearing your baby’s blocked nose can help them to breathe easier and to feed and sleep more comfortably. Although it can be a little tricky, you can use a number of tips, tricks and hacks to ease congestion.