As a new parent, you may have plenty of questions regarding your baby, especially when he’s crying due to a health problem such as common cold. Yes, a new born, even if he stays at home, may catch the viral virus and end up with a common cold. Don’t worry, because your baby’s body will produce antibodies for this particular virus and it’s not necessary to stuff him with medicines.
However, one of the most annoying symptoms of common cold is nasal congestion, especially in babies. As a new mom, I’m pretty sure that you are looking for ways to provide relief, because it is heartbreaking to see your baby struggling with their first stuffy nose. Unfortunately, it is pretty common for babies to have nasal congestion from time to time, because their nasal passages are very small – you may notice your newborn sneezing often.
In order to provide a better sleep for you baby and relieve him of this unable to breathe struggle, you can use some simple solutions to alleviate his nasal congestion.
Since forever, many new moms used Saline Drops or Salty Water…
Administering saline drops into the nose can help thin out the mucus and clear the airways. Once you put the saline drops in the nostril, wait a few minutes, then you can use a suction bulb or nasal aspirator to suck out the mucus, or you can flip the baby over on the stomach and let the saline drain out naturally.
…or you can use the Suction Bulb.
This bulb is put into your baby’s nose, and squeeze the end to essentially suction the snot out. These bulbs are usually given to you in the hospital, but some parents choose to buy the nasal aspirator instead.
Alongside with these solutions you can use a Humidifier…
The use of a cool mist humidifier will help to keep the air in your baby’s room moist. Moist air serves to keep the air passages from drying out and will even help loosen the built-up mucus in your baby’s nose.
…or you can turn on some Steam.
Steam is a great way to help your baby clear their nose. A good way to do this would be to go into the bathroom, shut the door, and run the shower for a few minutes, filling the room with steam, then turn it off. Find a comfortable place for you and your baby to sit in there for about 10 minutes or so, allowing the steam to work its magic.