Well, the little one very rarely catches a cold, but when he does it is almost always a blocked nose. Never the runny kind. And he almost always goes down with a blocked nose when he is teething. He is about 16 months old and still breastfeeds a couple of times in the day and once during the night. When he is down with a blocked nose, he wants to be comforted but unfortunately cannot breastfeed. I have found out what helps him with a congested nose and I am going to share with you three quick remedies to clear blocked nose in infants.
Here is what I did to help his congestion in the same order as below. Steam in the evening followed by saline drops at night time feeding and eucalyptus oil in his morning bath. Boom! The blocked nose is all cleared.
Three quick remedies to clear blocked nose in infants
Steam therapy has always worked and I have relied upon this ever since Rudra was an infant. Turn on the shower on hot mode for 10-15 minutes with the door closed. Later, sit with your child for 10-15 minutes and let his congestion wear off.
For people whom the above option is not possible, you could consider using a humidifier. If you don’t have a humidifier handy like when you are traveling or in another town, boil some water and use the steam. It is also advisable to add a few drops of eucalyptus oil which again helps with congestion.
Saline Drops is the best way to clear the nasal passage. This is almost always recommended before a feed. As the nasal passage clears off, babies can feed well. You can make saline drops at home when you don’t have a pharmacy one handy. Just dissolve ½ teaspoon salt in about 200 – 250 ml of water. 2-3 drops in each nostril should do the trick. Do not use the solution for more than 12 hours. Discard and make fresh drops if required. You can also use a baby Nasal Aspirator to suction out the mucus. But this is recommended only in extreme blockage. Nasal aspirators tend to irritate the delicate inner lining of a child’s nose. So never use it for than a few times in a day.
Eucalyptus oil in bath
Just put a few drops in his bathing bucket and he is all good to go! I also tend to elevate his head a little bit while sleeping. This can be done by putting a thin and folded towel below the mattress. In any case, he rolls around a lot and hence it serves little use. But this is a good idea for infants below 6 months of the age. Put a thinly folded towel under her crib mattress. An elevation helps babies with blocked noses to breathe easier.
Also, remember to give your baby a lot of fluids to keep him hydrated when down with a nasal congestion!
What are the remedies that have worked for you? Share with me in the comments below!