Babies naturally prefer to breathe through their nose (they are “obligate nasal breathers”), so nasal congestion (also known as a blocked or stuffy nose) in an infant can interfere with breastfeeding and sleep and can cause respiratory distress.
Nasal congestion can cause mild facial and head pain and a degree of discomfort, as well as interfere with the ears, hearing, and speech development. Significant congestion may interfere with sleep, cause snoring and can be associated with sleep apnoea.
The common cold
Most commonly, nasal congestion is caused by the common cold- for which unfortunately there is no cure!
Your baby’s immune system will need time to get stronger, however, you can help by making your baby feel more comfortable and by preventing the infection from getting worse. Plenty of rest and drinking liquids are crucial, and your baby will need to be able to breathe properly to do either of these things. Stuffy noses may also linger for a few weeks even when the cold is over.
Treatment of Nasal Congestion
How to clear a baby’s nose?
In order to breathe, babies must get rid of the mucus clogging their nasal passages. But because babies can’t blow their nose, they rely on you to provide the appropriate help. Using FESS Little Noses® Saline Drops or Spray can help clear stuffy noses and thin nasal mucus to help your baby breathe easier, naturally.
Rinsing your baby’s nose with FESS Little Noses® will also help to clear out allergy-causing microscopic particles of dust and pollen that cling to their inner nasal membranes.
FESS® Little Noses® is a non-medicated saline solution which can be used as often as your baby needs.
Just a few drops or sprays will help thin and loosen excess mucus and the special aspirator (which is included) can help you clear away the blockage. For more detailed instructions on how to use FESS Little Noses® click here http://fesslittlenoses.com.au/index.php/how-to-use/