When your newborn baby has nasal and chest congestion, you’ll be worried and confused about how to treat it. The best thing you can do is read up on your baby’s symptoms and the recommended treatments so you know what to do if it happens again. Here are some of the most common ways to treat newborn nasal and chest congestion, including over-the-counter and home remedies to try first, steps that require medical assistance, and natural treatments that don’t require any products at all.
1) Having a stuffy nose or being congested may cause your baby to breathe faster than usual, as extra fluid (mucus) accumulates in the nose.
Congested noses are very common in new babies. Here are some tips on how to clear up congestion:
– Use a humidifier at night. This will help loosen the mucus in your baby’s nose, making it easier for them to breathe through their nose.
– Place a cool mist vaporizer in the room they sleep in and turn it on when they go to bed.
– Use saline drops in each nostril once or twice a day. Saline is made of salt (saline) mixed with water, which helps keep nasal passages moist, making breathing easier.
– Give your baby a few drops of pure lemon juice in water every day.
Newborns with nasal congestion need to be fed by a parent or caregiver while they are upright to help alleviate their symptoms. The feeding position will help the mucus flow out of their nose. You can also use saline drops in each nostril twice a day for newborns under two months old. If your baby is older than two months, you can try placing a humidifier in the room where your child sleeps. Make sure to place it at least 3 feet away from the crib so that it doesn’t become too humid inside the crib. Another way to help relieve congested babies is by massaging them on their back, chest and stomach until they release all of the air trapped in their lungs. After massaging your baby’s chest, allow them time to rest before trying again.
If your baby has nasal or chest congestion, there are many ways you can provide some relief to make them more comfortable.
– Place a heating pad on low heat on the back of their neck. This will help relax their throat muscles, making it easier for them to breathe.
– A humidifier can also be used in the room where your baby sleeps. The humidity will help thin out the mucus in their nose and throat, making it easier for them to breathe.
– Another option is using a cool mist humidifier that has an automatic shut-off when the water runs out.
4) Warm bath
A warm bath is a wonderful way to soothe your baby. It may be difficult to tell if your baby is too hot or too cold, but you can try putting their feet in the water first to test the temperature. You can use a washcloth on your baby’s head or chest for comfort. The tub should not be filled with water, only about two inches deep.
Warm water will calm your baby’s fussy symptoms, as well as open up the nasal passages so they are easier to breathe through. You may want to put a few drops of lavender essential oil in the water, which has been shown to decrease inflammation and help relax nerves. Do this until your child is feeling better and sleeping better again. Make sure that the baby does not get overheated during the bath.
5) Humidifier and steam
How to Treat New-born Nasal and Chest Congestion:
A humidifier is a great way to moisten the dry air in your child’s room. It will help them breathe easier by relieving congestion and helping their nose stay moisturized. A warm steamy shower can also help clear up congestion in adults. For infants, you can make a steamy room by placing a pan of boiling water with some towels over it near the baby’s crib. You can also put two drops of eucalyptus oil on the hot towel (preferably not too close to the baby). You should be able to smell the oil when it comes out from under the towel. Make sure that you keep an eye on the infant so that he or she does not touch or inhale any hot vapors coming from beneath the towel. You should be cautious about giving young children anything that might irritate their throats or lungs (such as menthol).
6) Nasal saline drops
Nasal saline drops are a safe, simple way to relieve nasal congestion. They are usually provided by hospitals, but can be bought over the counter at most drugstores. The bottle contains a saltwater solution that is used to irrigate your nose with every use, which allows you to breathe more easily. Once you have cleared one nostril of mucus, simply tilt your head back with the affected nostril up and put the dropper in your mouth. Then squeeze out 1-2 drops into each nostril while holding your head upright for 30 seconds. This will ensure that the drops make their way deep into your sinuses where they need to go in order to help relieve congestion.
7) Breast milk in the nose
Breast milk can sometimes get stuck in the baby’s nose during feeding. Place a clean finger in front of the baby’s nostril after feedings to clear away any milk. After every few feedings, use a dry cloth to gently wipe off the inside of the nose. A saline nasal wash may also help reduce congestion. Hold your baby upright, with his head tilted back slightly and about an inch from a sink faucet. Pour lukewarm water into one nostril until you see it running out of the other nostril. Repeat on the other side before your child spits or blows his nose .
8) Gentle Massage
Gentle massage is an excellent way to treat new-born nasal and chest congestion. By gently massaging the chest, you can help clear out any mucus that may be present. You can do this by using a circular motion for two minutes at a time, repeating as necessary. You can also help your baby breathe more easily by placing a warm compress on their chest. The warmth of the compress will loosen up any airways that have been blocked and make it easier for your baby to breathe freely.
9) Good Home air quality
Newborn nasal congestion is common among newborns, but it can be very uncomfortable for the baby. The mucus in their nose can block their airways and make them feel stuffy and congested. In some cases, the mucus may even create a vacuum effect, making it harder to breathe. You can help relieve your baby’s symptoms by providing good home air quality. Keep the following tips in mind:
– Make sure your baby’s room is not too cold or too hot. Babies are sensitive to changes in temperature, so make sure they’re wearing clothes that cover them up well. A blanket may also be necessary if your baby’s room is on the colder side of things.
– Open windows at night. Some experts recommend opening your window at night when the weather is cooler because cool nighttime air can help dry out a stuffy nose.