Health5 Effective Ways to Clear Your Baby's Stuffy Nose

5 Effective Ways to Clear Your Baby’s Stuffy Nose

Written by Ellen Greenlaw

2 min read

Believe it or not, a runny nose can actually be a good thing. It’s the body’s way of getting rid of germs. But, when your baby has an excessive amount of mucus, it can give them a stuffy head and make it hard to eat or breathe. There are a few home treatments that can make your little one comfortable again.

Saline nose drops are a great option and can be found at the store. Simply put a few drops into each nostril and then use a bulb syringe to remove some mucus. It is safe to repeat this as often as needed. And if you do it right before your baby eats, it can make mealtime easier.

It is important to note that this method works best for children under 6 months. If your baby is older, it may be best to skip the bulb syringe if it makes them fussy. The saline drops will still help to thin the mucus, allowing it to work itself out of their nose on its own.

When using the bulb syringe, be sure to follow these steps:

  1. Squeeze the syringe first.
  2. Place the tip gently into your baby’s nostril.
  3. Release the bulb slowly.
  4. Wash it with soap and water after each use.

If mucus hardens into a crusty or sticky mess around your baby’s nose, you can clean it safely by wetting a cotton swab with warm water and gently wiping the area.

Adding a cool-mist vaporizer or humidifier to your baby’s room can help to add moisture to the air, clearing their stuffy nose. Remember to clean the machine regularly to prevent mold growth.

The same soothing effect can be achieved by sitting in a steamy bathroom with your baby.

Gentle taps on your baby’s back may help to ease chest congestion. Lay them down across your knees and gently pat their back with your cupped hand. Or do it while they sit on your lap with their body leading forward about 30 degrees. It loosens mucus in the chest and makes it easier for them to cough it up.

Remember, not every stuffy, runny nose needs treatment. If it’s not bothering your baby, you don’t have to do anything. As long as your little one is active and eats and drinks normally, it’s fine to wait and watch.

It’s important not to give cough and cold medicines to kids under age 4. If your child is between 4 and 6, it is best to talk to your doctor about which drugs are okay to use.

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