An infant with a runny nose is a good thing. But it can cause difficulty in feeding and sleeping, making your baby cranky. We share a few tips to ease baby congestion in this article. According to WebMD, it is good for your child to have a cold as it indicates that the new-borns body is developing immunity to this particular strain of viruses. There are 3000 plus cold viruses are known to man. The cold is the symptom that the body if fighting the germs and succeeding. The mucus is the accumulation of the dead viruses from of the baby’s body. So, help your baby fight the infection.
Nasal congestion is often caused by a viral infection, such as a common cold. A cough, runny nose, fever, or sore throat may accompany it. In most cases, a cold will go away in 10 to 14 days. Because there is no cure for the common cold, patience is required. The infection must be fought by the toddler’s immune system.
Although older children and adults are more susceptible to respiratory allergies, some toddlers are not immune. Allergies to pollens, dust, or animals, for example, might produce nasal discomfort. The Mayo Clinic explains that a runny nose can give your infant a stuffy head besides making it difficult to breastfeed and sleep. Here are a few tips to ease baby congestion that not only protects the delicate skin and the insides of the little one but also offer comfort.
Effective Tips to Ease Baby Congestion
- Ease their symptoms by providing fluids, keeping the air moist and the nasal passages open.
- Elevate the head: This helps the baby breathe easily.
- Fluids such as water, juices, milk and soups ease the congestion. Try warm soups like the chicken soup (for infants over 6 months), the warmth helps relieve congestion and fever while the nutrition cures the fatigue.
- Saline drops: Dissolve 2 grams of salt that is around half a teaspoon in 150 ml of potable water. Boil the water then cool it to lukewarm, this ensures it is sterile. Use a dropper to put a few drops in the little one’s nose.
- Rest: ideally babies need up to 18 hours of sleep a day. Keep your baby hydrated by keeping the air moist with a humidifier.
- Lemon bath: If your baby is running a fever, then slice a lemon into a bowl of water. Give your baby a sponge bath with this water.
- Honey coats and soothes the throat this helps treat a cough in babies aged 12 months and above.
- Steam from the humidifier helps clear the nasal passages. You could add essential oils such as tea tree, peppermint, and eucalyptus oil into the humidifier reach these antivirals into the baby’s respiratory passage.
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One of the tips to ease baby congestion is to give your baby a massage.
The little ones get a lot of snuffly noses and as they spend a lot of time lying down, their nasal passages get congested.
Here is how you relieve the tightness by giving a message;
- On the face: The congestion due to mucus under the eyes, in the sinuses and ears, can bring tightness, pressure, and discomfort. Just form a soft fist, extend your index finger and lubricate it. The lubricating helps glide over the acupressure points on the face. Start from the top of the forehead and glide down the nose and across the baby’s cheek bone.
- Raindrop on the cheeks: These activate the pressure points and lightly drum the sinuses to loosen the mucus to flow out from the nose and glide down into the stomach to be egested with the stool.
- Trace a heart: With the lubricate fingers, start in the middle of the chest, go up to the collarbones down to the bottom of the ribcage and up the middle of the chest with both the fingers simultaneously. Do the raindrops all over the rib cage and chest.
This should be done two or three times a day or when the baby gets cranky. This way, you play and distract the little one from the discomfort. Smile and talk to your little one to encourage them to fight the infection.
Using a cool-mist humidifier in the baby’s room can also help relieve congestion and promote comfort. Be sure to change the water frequently and follow the manufacturer’s care instructions to prevent mold. Putting the baby in the bathroom while you run a hot shower is another simple way to reduce nasal congestion and provide some relief.
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Cleaning a congested baby’s nose
It’s crucial to wipe your baby’s nose properly. Indeed, a blocked nose impairs his breathing and makes it more difficult for him to eat. This is what’s causing him to lose his appetite. The mucus of well-hydrated toddlers is liquid. The easier it is to get rid of mucus that is more liquid.
You can clean his nose with a conventional baby wipe, saline, or a baby-safe seawater spray. Place the saline or spray in the upper nostril of your baby’s head and seal his mouth to force him to breathe through his nose. Repeat on the opposite side.
This method should be repeated multiple times a day (2 to 3 times) before meals.
If your baby becomes agitated while you’re bathing him, try using extremely soothing gestures, a calming stance, or perhaps singing him a short rhyme.
We hope you find these tips to ease baby congestion useful. And we hope that you and your little one had a good time with the massage and Tender Loving Care. You could boost your baby’s immune system by including probiotics in its diet. Mighty Moms suggests you use homeopathic remedies to help your baby sleep better. Clear the crust around the nose and use the bubble syringe to clear the passage as your little one is not capable of blowing its nose. We also hope you found the tips and the video useful. Please share your comments in the section under the article and share this article with your friends to help them ease their babies’ discomfort.