How do you help a baby with a stuffy nose?
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.
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.
- 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.
- 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.
- Then spray 2 to 3 drops of saline spray into each nostril. Don't worry if baby sneezes some of it out -- it still made its way into the nasal passage. If any spray comes out of the nose, wipe it away gently with a tissue. Use a bulb syringe.
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.
- The most common use of Vicks is to decongest your chest and throat area. When applied to the upper chest, it provides excellent relief of cough and congestion symptoms. Applying Vicks on your feet provides nighttime cough relief. Generously rub VapoRub all over your feet and cover them with socks.
- 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.
- Other common ingredients in vapor rubs such as eucalyptus and oils are safe for babies. Though, any rub without camphor and menthol in the list of ingredients should be fine, especially if it is advertised as an adaptor rub for babies.
“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.”
- Waking up less at night, having a lie-in, or taking more naps may be signs that she's channelling her energy into growing. One small study suggested that during a growth spurt, babies may sleep up to four and half hours more than usual over one or two days (Lampl and Johnson 2011).
- As most coughs are caused by viruses, doctors usually do not give antibiotics for a cough. A cough caused by a virus just needs to run its course. A viral infection can last for as long as two weeks. Unless a cough won't let your child sleep, cough medicines are not needed.
- 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