Unblocking Stuffy Noses
Babies and toddlers are more prone to catching colds because they haven't built up the immunity to the viruses that cause colds. Find out how to relieve your little one’s stuffy nose
The symptoms of a cold are always pretty unpleasant – you feel congested, tired and downright miserable. It's even worse for a baby though, as she doesn't know how to blow her nose yet. And a newborn naturally breathes through her nose, even when it’s all stuffed up.
All of this can cause problems with your child’s sleep and breast or bottle feeding routine, which is why it's really important that you help your little one to clear the mucus from her nose.
Babies and toddlers are more susceptible to catching colds because they haven’t built up the resistance to the viruses that cause colds.
3 interesting facts about colds
- There are around 200 viruses that cause colds.
- Children get around seven to 10 colds a year, compared with two to three for adults.
- Colds are spread by germs from coughs and sneezes, which can live on hands and surfaces for 24 hours.
Here are some methods that can help to unstuff little noses:
Time, TLC and rest
It can take from one to two weeks for a young child to recover from a cold. It’s important that they get lots of rest and stay hydrated by drinking lots of fluids. Lots of cuddles help too.
Warm steam might help to clear your baby’s blocked airways. Sit with your child in a steamy bathroom while the shower is on. Do not put her too close to the hot water and make sure to change your baby into dry clothing afterwards.
Nasal saline spray
One very effective remedy to clear a stuffy nose is to use a saline spray or drops – as it helps to loosen dried mucus.
Sterimar Breathe Easy Baby and Sterimar Kids Congestion Relief can help to relieve your child’s stuffy nose symptoms.
Sterimar Kids Congestion Relief (suitable for kids aged three months and up) is a hypertonic solution made from 100% natural sea water enriched with added copper and magnesium salts that is completely free from drugs and preservatives.
The Sterimar Kids nozzle fits safely in your kids nose to provide effective relief. With a slightly higher salt concentration than cells in the human body, Sterimar Kids creates a natural osmotic effect that gently draws and drains excess fluid, like mucus, from the nasal lining to rapidly relieve bunged up noses. It also helps to rebalance the nose’s natural immunity defences.
Breathe Easy Baby clears and unblocks nasal passages from birth.
Recommended by doctors, mums and winner of several awards, Breathe Easy Baby is a 100% natural purified sea-water based nasal spray that gently cleans and clears little noses. The gentle micro-diffusion spray disperses the solution into very fine droplets, coating the inside of the nasal passages to ensure easy breathing and the prevention of colds.
The Breathe Easy Baby nozzle fits safely and comfortably inside your baby’s nose and will continue to work at any angle. Breathe Easy Baby contains no preservatives or additives.
The Sterimar range is available in pharmacies nationwide. Go to
www.sterimarnasal.co.uk to find a retailer near you.
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