Real Mums’ Tips For Curing Baby’s Blocked Nose
It’s amazing how much a baby’s blocked nose can effect your entire household.
If the nasal congestion impacts their ability to breathe through their nose, it can not only cause them a lot of discomfort, but also disrupt their eating and sleeping too. And if they’re not getting any sleep, then you’re not getting any sleep – and that’s when the wheels start to fall off.
Fortunately, there are a few solutions inspired by Nature that can help do the job of curing baby’s blocked nose the natural way, without compromising his health. So before you fall victim to the power of the blocked nose – try these tips and tricks from some real mums who have been there and done that.
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Advice From Other Mums On Curing Baby’s Blocked Nose
"A cold mist humidifier in the room helps so much. I also elevate his cot and put some baby vapour rub on his chest. I also firmly believe in an onion cut in half in the room, its absorbs the toxins. During feeds some saline drops for the nose help too." – Jacinta Kemp
"A wee bit of butter across the bridge of their nose. My mum taught me this when I had my first child 9 years ago and I have used this method on all 3 of my kids." – Ursula Flynn
"Slices of potatoes on the soles of the feet, it draws the toxins out." – Paula Manning
"I try and get extra fluids into my little one throughout the day and always do a bath before bed whilst running a hot shower in the same room. I make it all steamy with a drop of tea tree oil in the shower tray, then before bed plug in the vapour plug-in and leave it on until I’m going to bed myself. Just before putting little one down for story time, I do a quick clearout by using saline spray up each nostril and encouraging my child to blow out as much as possible. Then put a dab of vaseline under each nostril to soften the skin and protect it after a day of being rubbed and wiped with tissues. The best therapy is extra hugs and cuddles all day long." – Susan Fagan
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"Sea water nasal spray, available in pharmacies – it helps to liquify the thick nasal secretions. I also massage the side of the nose from top to tip. I often find this helps to bring down the mucus and I can wipe it away with a little tissue." – Hilda Hanley
"Prop the end of the cot up on books to raise the head, keep the heating low and also place wet towels on the radiators to keep the air humid." – Laura, blogger at littlestuff.co.uk
"Sea water nasal spray works wonders!! Also, have oil in a burner on in the evening. And a vapour rub massaged on their feet, then covered with socks." – Louise Doherty
Our baby expert Tracy Donegan from Gentle Birth provides some top tips for offering relief, and advises on when it’s a good idea to call the doctor:
- Feed in an upright position as much as possible.
- GPs and pharmacists may recommend the use of a nasal spray to clear and unblock nasal passages in a natural way. If you’re nursing you can use breast milk – it will work just as well and is 100% safe.
- Nasal aspirators (bulbs) are found to be effective by many parents but it can sometimes stimulate the gag reflex in your baby resulting in vomiting and some babies can’t tolerate them and become distressed. If you are breastfeeding nurse often during a cold to boost your baby’s immune system and use the bulb before baby nurses. If you are not breastfeeding and your baby is prone to getting colds often talk to your GP or pharmacy about a probiotic to boost your baby’s immune system.
- The use of humidifiers in the baby’s room may also help.
- Try sitting in a steamy bathroom for a few minutes with the baby. Run the hot shower and sit holding your baby in an upright position.
- Although gaining in popularity essential oils should not be used on young children and infants, or products containing menthol or camphor as it can exacerbate breathing difficulties.
- In older children, raising their head through the use of an extra pillow can facilitate easier breathing. With infants, putting something under the head of the cot mattress may offer relief – always put babies to sleep on their backs.
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When to call the doctor
It’s important to know when a GP visit is needed. Here are some things to watch out for.
- A high temperature
- A rash
- A stuffy nose accompanied by a swollen forehead, eyes, nose or cheek
- Breathing very quickly or having difficulty breathing
- Not interested in feeding or having trouble with breast or bottle feeding
- Appears to be in pain and fussy.
Babies colds are of course very common due to their weaker immune system, but that doesn’t make them any easier to deal with, so be sure to use all the tips and tricks at your disposal.
And finally, don’t forget the most important one of all – the power of a good cuddle. It will do wonders for both your little one and you.
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