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4 Causes Of Congestion In Infants

Is your little one constantly suffering from a bunged up, stuffy nose? It’s one of those many baby ailments that we quickly need to learn how to treat.

With babies and toddlers, comes lots of snots and drool, it’s just a fact of life! But why is it so constant? How come us grownups can keep our snots to a minimum, while we’re endlessly wiping the faces of our little ones?

Here are a few reasons why:

1. Small Noses

Baby’s noses are so teeny tiny that even the smallest amount of mucus can cause problems. Sometimes, they may sound congested, but there really isn’t anything to worry about. Unless you can actually see the culprit, that’s when you know you have a problem. If your baby is drinking their milk, and doesn’t seem too bothered by the congestion, then they should be absolutely fine.

2. Heating

The quality of the air around your baby can totally affect their nasal passage and cause congestion. Warm dry air from heating systems, or from cooking, can cause baby congestion. Try minimising your use of artificial heating where possible, and invest in a humidifier for baby’s room to see if that helps.

3. Weather

The changes in weather can certainly cause congestion. During the winter, we’re more exposed to colds, flu and artificial heat, while in spring/summer the pollen count can really cause us problems, especially if your little one suffers from hay fever. You can read about hay fever prevention here.

4. Common Cold

Colds suck in general, but even more so for little helpless babies, and they’re a major cause of congestion. Babies can’t blow their own noses, or tell you how they are feeling, so it’s really important that you monitor them closely and do as much as you can to relieve their symptoms. If your baby is super congested, try elevating their head while they sleep. Place them in a car seat, or bouncy chair, or a swing – whatever you have that will safely keep them upright. This will help drain some of the mucus that is making them uncomfortable.

Do you have any extra tips for dealing with congestion? Let us know in the comments.

This article is sponsored by Dentinox.

About the Author

Editor of, Mairéad Cahalan is a creator of content, a lover of music, red wine and coffee, and a part-time wedding singer! Find her on Twitter, Instagram, Soundcloud and LinkedIn.


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