Babies, especially newborns, know hot to breathe only through their nose. Having a stuffed nose will only mean one cranky and upset baby. Here are some ways to relieve the discomfort!
Use a saline nasal spray
This is suitable for newborns, infants and toddlers. Lay baby down on his back and tilt his head back if possible, then spray the saline solution into the nostril. If baby sneezes, great! It means that the solution has made its way into the nasal passage.
Use a bulb syringe
Also called a nasal aspirator, be sure to invest in one specially for babies. With baby lying down or sitting down, gently and swiftly insert the tip into baby’s nostril, don’t stick it too far up though! Ahh, the satisfaction when you see the gunk getting sucked up.
Use an air humidifier
Especially if baby is used to the air-conditioned room, using a humidifier can offer some relief and prevent stuffiness.
Run a hot shower for a few minutes to get the bathroom steamy and sit in there with baby for awhile. This can help loosen the mucus stuck up there. Don’t shower your little one with hot water though!
Prop his head up when sleeping
Use a baby safe pillow or place a towel under the mattress to elevate baby. This will prevent any backflow of the mucus and give some relief and comfort to baby during nap and bedtime.
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