Today I will be discussing about nasal congestion in babies. It’s really a difficult time when your baby suffers from it, since babies are obligatory nose breathers.
There are several causes for nasal congestion. Extremely dry air and allergy are the two main causes. When this happens, the baby develops a stuffy nose. This makes breathing through the nose harder. So, they rely on breathing with their mouth.
This in turn makes feeding harder for them. For the sucking action, the nose should be fully functional or else it really makes it difficult to feed the baby.
One thing leads to another and the end result is a sleep deprived, cranky and hungry baby. It is really painful to watch your little one crying incessantly & overall disturbed. It’s really tough to watch your kid trying hard just to breathe.
Babies don’t understand what’s happening with them, which makes them overwhelmed. The worst part?. They don’t even know how to sniff or blow their nose to clear the discomfort.
There are ways to help in this case. The main one is using a humidifier. This is if the problem occurred due to dry air. The mist will help to moisten the inner lining of the baby’s nose that is extremely sensitive and tends to dry up when exposed to dry air.
Another good tip, if you don’t have a humidifier, is to dunk a cotton cloth in hot water, squeeze out the water well, sit a slight distance away from the baby and then slightly wave that cloth in an up and down motion in the direction of the baby. This brings moisture to the immediate surrounding of the baby.
The most effective tip was given to me by my son’s pediatrician. He suggested that I use Nasivion nasal drops. These help to decongest the nose and bring much needed relief to the baby.
It comes in different strengths (0.025% & 0.05%) depending on the baby’s age. The doc prescribed him the 0.025% one. After using Nasivion, I immediately noticed that his breathing was not laboured like before. He became significantly calm and was able to feed well and thus sleep well. A happy baby results in happy parents ????..
Check the Nasivion website for the dosage and always consult your paediatrician before using the product.