Dealing With Nasal Congestion in Babies
Nasal congestion in babies is, unfortunately, quite common. Learn the symptoms, causes, and remedies for babies who are all stuffed up
Nasal Congestion Remedies
Leslie Wilkins of Brooklyn, New York, has been there. Her 1-year-old son, Jeremiah, has had congestion on and off since he was 6 months old. “As a parent, I feel terrible,” says Wilkins. “There are few things worse than listening to your baby boy struggle to breathe. And you feel so bad for the baby [because] they don’t know how to sniff or blow their nose yet.” Her doctor suggested spending some time in a steamed-up bathroom as well as using a bulb syringe. They also ran a humidifier in his room.
Other simple things parents can do, suggests Dr. Conway, are letting the baby sleep upright—in a car seat, swing, or lying on a parent’s chest—during acute symptoms and consulting with a physician regarding use of saline drops three times a day to lubricate nasal passages and loosen thick nasal discharge, making it easier to remove with bulb suction. Saline can be purchased at a store or made at home by mixing 1/2 teaspoon of salt in 8 ounces of water, says Dr. Brown, who also recommends putting a wedge under the baby’s mattress for elevation. (Here are 8 medicine-free cold and flu remedies.)
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