Remedies for stuffy nose! How to get rid of baby’s blocked nose?
It might be somewhat concerning if your kid is seriously congested and is having difficulty breathing, especially when it comes to sleeping and feeding. But relax; things will get better. By using all these natural home remedies can help you deal with the situation more calmly and effectively.
- Steam bath
Vapors can relieve stuffy nose by releasing mucous. Try steaming the bathroom by running a hot shower and letting the steam accumulate there. Spend roughly 20 minutes there nursing your infant. For better results, try putting some peppermint or eucalyptus essential oils in the water.
Humidifier is an equipment that help to moisten the dry air of your room. Pour water in humidifier and place it in the baby’s room. Try to place humidifier adjacent to the crib it will help baby in breathing easily. It will not only help to get rid of baby’s blocked nose but also help to get rid of dry irritated skin.
- Nasal drops or Sea water spray
Usage of Nasal drops is one of the best method to get rid of nasal congestion. Nasal drops or spray works by softening mucus, allowing the nose to discharge mucous and alleviating congestion.
The best technique to use nasal drops or spray is by tilting your baby’s head and gently spray or squeeze a couple of drops inside the nose. After that tilt your baby on its side, this will allow the mucus to drain. Keep tissue or napkin with you for cleaning baby’s nose.
- Snot snucker
Nasal suction device or nasal aspirator commonly known as snotsnucker is most common device to relieve stuffy nose. Use a little saline spray to help soften the mucus before using the nasal aspirator to remove it. Your baby's breathing will be significantly improved and the mucus will be thoroughly removed.
- Sleeping positions
If you are new mum, you wake up numerous times at night to look after your child especially if your baby is not well. If you are concerned that your baby is not breathing properly, consider raising the mattress by placing a rolled towel beneath it. This will raise your baby’s head and help him in breathing normally.
- Chest massages
Chest rubs are effective shortly before bedtime. To treat your infant with a congested nose, you can make a natural chest rub at home with a thick balm and essential oils such as menthol, chamomile, and eucalyptus. If you desire over-the-counter rubs, you can buy natural treatments like Vicks vaporub. Try not to give vicks to children under 2 years of age.
Why natural remedies are best for babies
According to the American Academy of Pediatrics, manufacturers of over-the-counter cough and cold medicines have removed their products from pharmacy shelves in response to the FDA judgment that their drugs should not be provided to children under the age of four. According to research, these products provide less benefit to young kids and can have potentially dangerous adverse effects as well as a high risk of overdose when used with other medications.