A common rite of passage into parenthood is clearing out your baby’s nose for the first time. It can be scary and there are often tears involved. But don’t worry, it will get easier. Hopefully, these natural home remedies can help make the experience a little less stressful and help you clear your baby’s nose like a pro.
How to tell if your baby’s nose is clogged
Other than obvious signs of a cold or infection, if your baby snorts, has noisy breathing, finds it difficult to feed or is very irritable, it could be because of a stuffy nose. Another sign your baby is congested is when your baby is breathing through his/her mouth.
If your baby is really stuffed up and is having trouble breathing, it can be a bit concerning, especially when it comes to sleeping and eating. Here are some natural ways you can help clear your baby’s nose, so you both get some relief.
Use saline drops or spray
One of easiest ways to clear a baby’s or toddler’s nose is to use a saline nasal spray. Nasal spray works by thinning out the mucus, allowing the nose to clear out and ease congestion.
If you can’t run to the store for saline drops or spray, try mixing one cup of warm, filtered water and a ½ teaspoon of salt. Make sure your mixture is completely cooled before using.
Try tilting your baby’s head back and spraying or squeezing a couple of drops inside the nose. Then, follow with some tummy time or by tilting your baby on its side, allowing the mucus to drain. Keep a soft tissue handy to wipe his/her nose.
Try a steam session
Steam can work wonders for nasal congestion by loosening dry congestion. Try steaming the bathroom by turning your shower on hot and allowing the steam to build up in the bathroom. Sit with your baby or breastfeed there for about 20 minutes. Try using peppermint or eucalyptus essential oils in the water to help make breathing easier.
Place a humidifier in the baby’s room
Fill a humidifier and run it in the baby’s room. Try not to use Vicks medication – the moisture alone when placed close to the crib can help the baby breathe while sleeping. In fact, even when your baby isn’t sick, a humidifier adds moisture into dry air which can help relieve irritated, dry skin.
Sleeping positions for a blocked nose
If you’re like any new parent, you often wake several times throughout the night to check on your baby, especially if your baby is sick. If you’re afraid your baby isn’t breathing well, try and raise the mattress by placing a rolled towel underneath, which will gently raise the baby’s head. Remember to never place loose items inside the crib to prevent choking hazards.
If you are looking to provide relief during the day, give your little one some extra tummy time which allows mucus to drain.
Natural chest rubs
You can make a natural chest rub at home using a thick lotion and essential oils such as lavender, chamomile and eucalyptus to help your baby with a congested nose. If you want over-the-counter rubs, there are natural products such as Zarbee's chest rub that you can buy. Chest rubs work well right before bedtime. Simply rub a small amount on your baby’s chest to soothe him/her to sleep.
Last, but certainly not least, is a nasal aspirator. Some of the most popular devices used today are the Nose Frida nasal aspirator or the traditional bulb syringe. Both work well in combination with the other nose clearing techniques already discussed. For example, use a little saline spray to loosen up the mucus and follow up with the nasal aspirator. This will really get all the gunk out and leave your baby breathing much better.
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