Easy-go-to tips for baby’s blocked nose
Nasal congestion is not unusual in babies because they have tiny nostrils and those below the age of two months can only breathe through their nose. Even babies older than 2 months do not breathe well through their mouths. A blocked or snuffly nose in young infants and toddlers could be due to a number of reasons:
- Common cold
- Hay fever
- Dry air, pollutants and other irritants or allergens
- Other viral or bacterial respiratory infections
To help maintain healthy nasal functioning and nasal immunity in young babies and toddlers, there are a few simple things you can do to:
- Keep the baby’s room well ventilated and ensure the surroundings are kept clean and dust-free.
- If you suspect your baby is sensitive to dust and other airborne particles, try an air purifier with a HEPA filter like the Dyson Pure Cool Purifier which can help remove irritants and allergens in the air.
- If your baby has a cuddly soft toy or security blanket, wash this regularly.
- Strong fragrances can trigger off a reaction in some people including babies. Avoid wearing strong smelling perfumes, deodorants and aftershave around your baby.
- Some parents find a humidifier or a mist vaporiser handy if the air is quite dry where you live. Dryness can lead to mucus dryness which may result in a blocked or congested nose.
- Try a simple, chemical-free remedy like preservative-free, isotonic nasal saline like Flo Baby Nasal Saline. These are easy and non-intrusive to administer and you do not need a mucus aspirator. Simply spray the saline into baby’s nose and gently wipe their nose with a clean tissue. This cleansing action can help wash away excess mucus, germs and airborne irritants in baby’s nose. To help sleep and feeding, try using nasal saline 10-15 minutes before baby’s feeding or sleep time.
If your baby has a blocked nose, his/her sleep and feeding may be disrupted too and this can impact the whole family. By incorporating a few little changes around your home and environment, you could make all the difference to your baby’s disposition. Besides if your baby is breathing easier, he/she will be more comfortable and hopefully a happier baby all round!
Still worried about your child?
If your child shows signs of fever or illness and/or is not settling, you should talk to your healthcare nurse or your family GP.
Important points to remember when choosing a nasal saline product for your child:
- Try a gentle formulation to mimic the natural fluids surrounding the nasal tissues.
- Look for “preservative-free” on the pack.
- Check the product can be used “at any angle” for easier dosing.
If in doubt, please ask your pharmacist or GP.
Always read the label. Follow instructions for use. If symptoms persist, consult your health professional.
- Nasal Congestion (Infants/Toddler) Fairview Health Services
- Nasal Congestion Causes and Symptoms in Infants, Mom Junction