A stuffy nose can make one cranky baby, especially as we venture into the chiller seasons. Newborn’s already have a hard time breathing since they only know how to breath their nostrils at first. In order to help provide comfort to your little bundle, follow some of these steps to help relieve your baby’s displeasure.
Get nasal saline spray
This is one of the safe nasal sprays to use with babies, infants, and toddlers. To use the nasal saline spray on your baby lay them down on their back and slightly tilt their head back if possible. Don’t force the baby’s head back. Spray 2 to 3 drops into each nostril. If your little one sneezes, don’t worry if a little comes out. Make sure you wipe away any of the saline that comes out with a soft cloth or tissue.
Steam up the bathroom
Turn the hot water on in a shower. When the bathroom is steamy and hot sit in the room with your baby for a bit. The steam will help loosen any mucus in their nostrils.
Turn on a cool air humidifier
During the winter time we usually turn the heat up. The dry air can easily stuff up your nose and your baby’s nose too. Get a cool air humidifier going in your child’s room while they sleep. This can offer some relief and prevent stuffy noses.
Try a bulb syringe
A bulb syringe, also called a nasal aspirator, can also help clear your little one’s stuffy nose. Make sure you buy one that is made for the baby. As mentioned before, lay your child on their back and squeeze the blub to get all of the air out. While you are still squeezing, gently insert the tip of the bulb syringe into the baby’s nostrils and then release the pressure. Take it out and squeeze the mucus onto a tissue. Repeat these steps for the other nostril.