How do you clear a baby's stuffy nose?
Clearing mucus using an infant nasal suction bulb
- Pinch the air out of the bulb.
- Gently place the tip into the nostril, just inside the opening. Do not go too deep or you can cause damage to the inner part of the nose.
- Release the mucus onto a tissue.
- Rinse the bulb well with fresh water before and after each use.
A few home treatments can make your little one comfortable again.
- Try Saline (Saltwater) Drops. You can buy this at the store.
- Remove the Sticky Stuff. Sometimes mucus hardens into a crusty or sticky mess around your baby's nose.
- Give Love Pats.
- Know When to Wait It Out.
- Here are eight ways to help your congested baby breathe -- so you can, too:
- Get to the Root of the Problem.
- Use Saline Drops.
- Suction With a Bulb Syringe.
- Take a Steamy Bath.
- Run a Cool Mist Humidifier.
- Keep Your Baby Hydrated.
- Keep Your Baby Upright.
- Avoid Irritants.
- Some experts believe teething can cause a slight runny nose and a minimal cough, but others say these symptoms are more likely due to the common cold. All agree that serious coughing and congestion signal a bona fide illness—and are not the result of teething.
- Your baby cannot blow his/her nose, so you need to use a bulb syringe to remove excess mucus. A bulb syringe (or suction bulb) is a small rubber object with a long tip at the end of a bulb. Have a bowl of tap water ready to clean the bulb between suctioning attempts.
If your baby is under the age of 2, you should never apply Vicks to their chest, nose, feet, or elsewhere. You could try the special nonmedicated version of its famous vapor rub for babies 3 months and older. Use these to release the scent of menthol to soothe and ease congestion for your baby.
- When I had a cold as a child, my mother put a little Vicks VapoRub under my nose to help me breathe more easily. Vicks VapoRub doesn't relieve nasal congestion. But the strong menthol odor of VapoRub tricks your brain, so you feel like you're breathing through an unclogged nose.
- Claims that rubbing Vicks VapoRub on the soles of the feet can help to stop a person coughing have been making headlines and spreading on Twitter.
- Together with your loving touch, Vicks Baby Balsam chest rub helps to gently soothe, moisturise and relax your baby. Contains Aloe Vera and fragrances of Eucalyptus, Lavender and Rosemary. Together with your loving touch, Vicks Baby Balsam helps to gently calm, soothe and relax your baby.
“Colds are caused by viruses,” Ukpeh says. “They run their course in five to seven days. But children can start off with colds and end up with bacterial infections that definitely require treatment. If your child's cold symptoms last longer than 10 days, be sure to see the doctor.”
- If your baby has a stuffy nose they may breathe through their mouth, which can make it harder for them to feed. In rare cases, a stuffy nose can cause breathing problems. Usually, nasal congestion goes away on its own within a week.
- Babies with a cold typically have a lower fever (if any), a runny nose, and minor coughing. Check to see whether the triangular shape between your baby's ribs caves in when she breathes. If you can see the ribs and if the chest seems to pull in when she's breathing in and out, call your doctor.
- Start by squirting a little nasal saline into your child's nose to moisten and loosen up the mucus before you try to suction it out. You can buy saline at pharmacies or make it easily at home by dissolving 1/4 teaspoon of salt in 8 ounces of warm water.
Updated: 3rd October 2019