How to Help Your Baby Breathe Easier
Infants primarily breathe through their nose. When their nose and sinuses block up, babies become particularly irritated. You’ll first notice the snorting and head ticking, then the fussiness, and eventually crying. This is usually do to nasal inflammation or overproduction of mucus, which indicates a cold virus or sinus infection. A stopped-up nose can challenge your baby’s breathing and disrupt his appetite, so use these tips to help your baby breathe better.
Extract those boogers
Using a tool like oogiebear, gently extract the mucus from within your baby’s nose. Use the loop end of the device to pull out the sticky and slimy mucus and the scoop end for dried and crusty mucus. It removes mucus effectively and so your child breathes easier. Some children find this chore scary, so be sure to stay positive and playful.
Insert some saline solution
Infant saline solution will help thin out mucus so it drains from the nose naturally. You can buy this at the pharmacy or create your own out of ½ cup of warm water and a ¼ teaspoon of salt. Tilt baby’s head back and drop two or three drops into the nostrils. Hold the head back for about a minute so it has time to soak into the mucus (instead of running right out).
You could also try a neti pot, which is a small container with a narrow spot for pouring small amounts of saline into the nostrils.
Spend time in a steamy room
Breathing steamy air can transfer that moisture into sinus cavities, draining the fluid and causing the lining of the nasal passage to constrict. Run your shower as hot as you can for a few minutes with the bathroom door closed, then sit inside with your baby so he can breathe in the wet air. Play with some toys so he isn’t frightened by the odd atmosphere.
Elevate the head
A common and simple way to get stuffy head relief is to keep the head elevated so the sinus drain. Roll a few towels and place them beneath your baby’s mattress on the side he lays his head to keep him at an angle all night.
Avoid over the counter treatments
The active ingredients in many medications and decongestants aren’t suitable for children under the age of four. Also, some decongestants can actually cause the symptoms they work to reduce if you overuse them. If you feel your child’s condition warrants medication, always consult your doctor first.
Maintain the sleep schedule
There isn’t much you can do to treat a stuffy head or cold other than manage the symptoms and wait it out. Encourage your baby to sleep through the discomfort as much as possible. Even if your child is fussy, go through your usual bedtime routine and put your baby down to sleep as you normally would.
Written by Dr. Nina Farzin, Inventor of oogiebear
Nina is a wife, mother and career professional who never intended to start her own business. When her children were newborns, she ached to ease the discomfort from dry, stubborn, crusty mucus (boogers)! As a doctor, she knew there were no safe solutions on the market to help her kids, so she invented oogiebear, a revolutionary booger removal tool that helps babies breathe easier.
Nina graduated Howard University where she earned her doctorate in Pharmacy (R.Ph, Pharm.D). She is a Registered Pharmacist in Washington DC, Maryland and New York. Nina and her family are fitness enthusiasts who enjoy outdoor activities and healthy eating.
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