When your precious little one is dealing with congestion and a stuffy nose it can make them feel miserable and you too because you feel helpless and want to make them feel better. Below, we are going to review some ways to help relieve your baby of their stuffy nose and congestion. Always remember to consult your baby's physician before trying any new remedies to make sure they are safe for your baby since all babies react differently to various techniques.

The most important thing to do is first to figure out what is causing the problem.


Sometimes simple nasal congestion can be generated from an upper respiratory infection, allergies or a sinus infection. Making a trip to your family physician can help you know what is causing baby's symptoms and make sure they will not require medical treatment. Symptoms of a cold can include a runny/stuffy nose, coughing, sneezing and in some cases fever. When your little one is dealing with a cold or other illness, it can make them very fussy and even cause trouble when giving a bottle, nursing, or falling/staying asleep. Generally, colds go away on their own usually within 5 to 10 days. Symptoms of cold can last ten days or more and are often an indicator that there is a sinus infection, which will need medical attention whereas allergies cause a runny nose, sneezing, and itchy, watery eyes.

Ways to help alleviate some of the baby's symptoms:

 

Saline Drops
Saline drops should be your first go to against congestion. Gently lay your baby down on his/her back and then lightly tilt back their chin. Gently spray two to three squirts of saline spray into each nostril. Remember to wipe the saline bottle tip when done.

Bulb Syringe
Next, using a bulb syringe can help get rid of some of the mucus that is causing baby's stuffy nose. First, squeeze the bulb to remove all the air out of the bulb and then gently insert only the tip of the bulb into the baby's nostril. Gradually loosen the bulb to suck out the mucus. Then wipe the bulb syringe and repeat in baby's other nostril.

Cool Mist Humidifier
A common cause of making congestion worse is dry air. Running a cool mist humidifier produces moisture into the atmosphere that may help loosen the congestion. Make sure to keep the humidifier clean to avoid mold and mildew.

Propping Baby Upright
Having the baby upright can help drain the mucus. Holding your baby, or letting them nap in their car seat or swing can help give them some much-needed rest and relief. Remember to always keep a watchful eye on your little one and never leave your baby unattended when they are sleeping in a swing or car-seat.

Steamy Room
Women throughout the years have been using this method to help relieve some of their baby's symptoms. The good ole steam room can help loosen the mucus that's causing your little one's nose to be stuffy. Just run a hot shower for several minutes to produce steam. Then take your baby in the steamy room and sit and hold them for a few minutes. Be careful and make sure that the hot water does NOT touch your baby as it could burn them.

Avoiding Irritants
Even though you probably do this now, try to keep your baby away from cigarette and other forms of smoke, as it can irritate your little ones congestion and cause it to worsen.

Keeping Your Baby Hydrated
Keeping your little one hydrated helps keep mucus thin. If your baby has trouble nursing or doesn't want to drink from their bottle, try a combination of saline drops and using a bulb syringe before each feeding time to help remove congestion and try to encourage them to drink fluids as much as possible.

To improve your congested baby's sleep, use a mixture of these techniques before bedtime. You may also want to elevate one side of his/her crib mattress slightly. Just fold a small towel and carefully place it underneath the crib mattress. Sleeping with their head elevated will help make breathing easier for them. Keep an eye on your little one since babies love to turn around in their sleep.

Talk to your baby's pediatrician if your child develops a fever of 100 degrees Fahrenheit or more with the congestion. Also consult your baby's pediatrician if your little one develops a barking cough, if they have trouble eating or drinking or if the symptoms of congestion get worse or last longer than ten days as this can be a sign of something more serious.