Is your little one suffering from a cold or congestion? It can be so frustrating for them as when they are feeding they rely on their little noses to do all of the breathing work! There can be many causes of nasal congestion and it’s a good idea to put some thought into what that might be before treating it. For example if it is due to a common cold or virus then all you can really do is try to relieve it whereas if it is due to something like hayfever or an allergy you can try to take steps to prevent it!
For the purposes of this article I’ll just deal with symptoms relief but do check out my blog for articles on hay fever and allergies where you will find lots more information 🙂
Luckily there’s lots of ways you can help 🙂
- Saline nasal sprays are a great way to clear their little noses before a feed or before bed. I would recommend the Calpol nasal saline spray as it seemed the gentlest spray after much investigation! It’s available to purchase online here! It’s suitable from birth. Some of the other sprays can be a little stronger but I have found that this can be quite a shock to a baby and will give them more of a fright!
- Some people prefer the saline nasal drops like the nasosal brand which are also suitable from birth – but can be a little bit more fiddly to use! These are available here!
- A nasal aspirator can be used for persistent blocked noses – this is handy just before a feed to help your little one breath and suck better. These look scary but actually are quite easy to use – and for an instant quick (short lived) fix before a feed its a really good thing to have in the house! Check one of these out here!
Olbas oil for children is great to alleviate congestion in children over three months of age. It contains a natural formulation of pure plant oils which restore easy breathing. It is useful when your little one has a cold, flu, blocked sinuses or hayfever. It contains cajuput oil, mint oil, eucalyptus oil and levomenthol. For babies over three months you can add two drops to a tissue and hold close to the nose allowing the child to breath in the vapours – droppings some of this onto a bib and hanging the bib off the side of the cot or buggy helps a lot! It is available to buy online here! It works really well with the vicks vapouriser which is described next!
- If a baby is very congested Vicks do a great steam vaporiser which can be left running overnight in their bed room – a worthy investment as there is only so much twenty minutes of standing in a steamy bathroom can achieve! This product helps
to keep mucus thin and running and stops it accumulating in the chest. It can help to reduce the risk of infection and offers great relief of symptoms of coughs and colds in babies – especially overnight when they can be most troublesome! You can also add a few drops of olbas for children to the dish on the Vicks vaporiser when children are older than three months. This helps to keep the sinuses clear which reduces congestion and prevents a build up of mucus in the chest. I have to say the vick warm steam vapouriser is without doubt the most useful healthcare product I have bought for my children. We have used it from birth up to five years regularly. It is available to purchase here or you can read more about it here in my full review :
- Try to tilt your baby’s bet a little so that they are not lying flat to help to prevent mucus running down and irritating their airways causing a cough. This can be achieved by placing a book under the top two legs of the cot or by placing a pillow or blanket under the top end of the mattress.
If your baby is persistently congested or their mucus is a colour other than clear such as yellow, green or red then do bring them to their GP.
I hope you have found this article helpful and if you have any questions at all please don’t hesitate to contact me by sending a private message to the WonderBaba facebook page (www.facebook.com/wonderbabacare) or by calling me (Sheena) at Milltown totalhealth Pharmacy in Dublin 6 on 01 2600262! I am always happy to help!