As a Mom of three, one of the things I dread most during the winter months with a baby is an infant stuffy nose.
When an infant gets a stuffy nose it just tugs on the heart-strings! It’s so hard watch your baby struggle to nurse or bottle-fed while gasping for air.
Those pitiful whimpers and cries of frustration make me want to tear up just thinking about it!
My 5 month old, Emmy has been battling with congestion for weeks now! With Jade in school she brings home EVERYTHING and then the winter months pretty much go like this –
It’s a never ending cycle *insert sob here*!
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There are four things that I absolutely can not live without and consider vital when it comes to treating and infant stuffy nose.
The first one is a NoseFrida.
NoseFrida is the KING of Nasal Aspirators
It is a must have and any time I get asked the age old question “What is a must have for baby?” My very first answer is ALWAYS a NoseFrida.
It’s the best nasal aspirator you can buy and will get the hidden snot out that you didn’t even know could fit in your infants nose! I’ll admit it’s a bit gross, but desperation will have you do anything to help clear your infants stuffy nose. And it’s way more hygienic than putting your mouth directly on their nose and sucking (I have actually seen someone do this! gag!)
Saline Solution to Maximize your NoseFrida’s snot sucking capabilities!
Saline drops really help break up mucus that is deep in the nasal cavity and enables it to be sucked out easier via the NoseFrida.
What I do when they’re sick to help clear out an infant stuffy nose is every diaper change I put 2-3 drops in each nostril. I let it sit for a min, change the diaper etc and then after I use the NoseFrida to clear out all the stuff the saline drops loosened.
I have no clue and beyond researching hot vs cool mist I really haven’t bothered to dive into the world of humidifiers.
All I know is every Pediatrician, Grandma, and friend recommends them when you tell them your infant has a stuffy nose.
Being that’s it’s just water vapor and my baby is suffering I’ll run one in the hopes that it does work (one day I’ll research in-depth). We have the Vick’s Starry Night Cool Mist humidifier. It has a projection of stars that light the ceiling and lasts a long time.
Using a chest rub (on infants 3+ months) can really help break up mucus and help sooth at the same time. You want to look for one that is safe for infants, and ideally chemical free.
I recommend Matys all natural baby chest rub it is vegan and it contains all natural ingredients: Sunflower Oil, Castor Oil, Coconut Oil, Sunflower Wax, Vitamin E and Essential Oils of Chamomile, Lavender, Dill Weed, Patchouli, Eucalyptus Radiata and Coriander.
Note, even though these ingredients are natural, your child may still have a reaction to them. Please be sure to test a small area of skin first and make sure your baby isn’t allergic to the chest rub before lathering them up.
One of the reasons why I really like this product is because they had Rob Tisserand, a leading expert on Essential oils come in and test the product to make sure it was safe for babies. (Eucalyptus EO can be harmful to babies and children under 10 in it’s concentrated form)
With the above arsenal of infant stuffy nose fighters you’ll be all set to offer maximum relief to your little one.
Do you have a favorite product to use when your infant has a stuffy nose or cold? Let me know in the comments!