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.
Is your little one's nose bunged up? Try Snufflebabe Nasal Spray. It's suitable from birth, and can provide instant relief for even the wriggliest babies. You can even use the nasal spray in conjunction with the paediatrician approved Snufflebabe Nasal Aspirator, which lets you physically clear mucus from your baby’s nose using a hygienic suction method.
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.
Don't have a humidifier? A few drops of Snufflebabe Vapour Oil can be added to a bowl of warm water, or sprinkled onto a damp cloth and left on the radiator. Not only is it a soothing scent (including Lemon, Pine, and TeaTree essential oils,) it also has completely natural decongestant, antiseptic and antibacterial properties; to help clear baby's breathing.
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.
For a helping hand, try Snufflebabe Nasal Drops, which are completely sterile, and can help wash away pollen, dust, bacteria, and mucus; so your little ones will be much more comfortable.
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.
To clear some of that congestion, try Snufflebabe Vapour Rub. Suitable from 3-months, the gentle blend of eucalyptus, menthol and thyme oil can soothe congestion when rubbed gently on baby's chest; or dabbed onto a hankerchief and tied near their bedside.
Do you have any extra tips for dealing with congestion? Let us know in the comments.
This article is kindly sponsored by Snufflebabe, who provide a great range of products to naturally ease your little one's congestion.