Mild congestion is common and not much concern for babies. Babies sometimes need extra help to clear congestion because their lungs are immature and their airways are so tiny. Your care will focus on clearing any mucus from your baby’s blocked nose and keeping them comfortable.
When should I worry about my baby’s congestion?
Go to the emergency room if your baby:
Will not drink fluids. Has a cough that causes vomiting or skin changes. Coughs up blood. Has problems breathing or is turning blue around the lips or mouth.
Why does my baby keep getting congested?
Babies can get congested when they breathe in cigarette smoke, pollutants, viruses, and other irritants. Their bodies produce extra mucus in the nose and airways to trap and remove these irritants. Exposure to dry air and other weather conditions can also trigger excess mucus production and congestion.
How do I stop my baby from being congested?
Safe Treatments. One of the safest and most effective ways to help clear a baby’s congestion is with a saline (salt water) spray or nose drops. These products are available without a prescription. If you use drops, place two drops in each nostril to loosen the mucus inside.
How long can congestion last in babies?
With a cold, your child should get better within seven to 10 days. If you have more serious concerns be sure to call or visit your provider. Children with special needs or chronic health care conditions may need to be seen earlier or with special consideration.
What position should a congested baby sleep in?
Just make sure to put the towel under the mattress, as no pillows or blankets should ever go in the crib with your baby while they sleep. Also, remember that you should always put your baby to sleep on their back.
Why does my 2 month old always sound congested?
What makes a baby sound congested even though they have no mucus? Healthy babies can often sound congested simply because they’re tiny new people with baby-sized systems, including miniature nasal passages. Just like those itty-bitty fingers and toes, their nostrils and airways are extra small.
Can babies suffocate from congestion?
A baby’s nose, unlike an adult’s, doesn’t have cartilage. So when that nose is pressed against an object, like a stuffed animal, couch cushions or even a parent’s arm while sleeping in bed, it can flatten easily. With the opening to its nostrils blocked, the baby can’t breathe and suffocates.
Can babies breathe with a stuffy nose?
Babies can only breathe through their noses (not their mouths). So when your baby’s nose is stuffed up with mucus, it’s much harder for him or her to breathe.
Can Formula cause congestion?
More rarely, some food allergies can cause nasal congestion, wheezing and/or anaphylaxis. The most common food allergy is cow’s milk protein. There are cow’s milk proteins in cow milk based infant formula, in many processed foods and even tiny amounts in breast milk that a child can react to.
How can you tell if a baby is congested?
A baby with nasal congestion may have the following symptoms:
- thick nasal mucus.
- discolored nasal mucus.
- snoring or noisy breathing while asleep.
- trouble eating, as nasal congestion makes it difficult to breathe while they suck.
What are RSV symptoms in babies?
Signs and symptoms of severe RSV infection in infants include:
- Short, shallow and rapid breathing.
- Struggling to breathe — chest muscles and skin pull inward with each breath.
- Poor feeding.
- Unusual tiredness (lethargy)
Why does my child have a blocked nose every night?
Overall, the NIH lists some of the reasons behind your child’s stuffy nose around bedtime are similar to those for adults: Common cold or flu, which can fill the nasal cavity with mucus. Sinus infection. Hay fever or other allergies.
Why does it sound like my baby has phlegm?
Allergies. Allergies can cause your baby’s body to create extra phlegm. Since your baby can’t blow their nose or clear their throat, this phlegm stays in their narrow nasal passages. If your baby has been exposed to an air pollutant or tried a new food, allergies might be what’s causing them to make a wheezing sound.
How can I unblock my baby’s nose naturally?
One of easiest ways to clear a baby’s or toddler’s nose is to use a saline nasal spray. Nasal spray works by thinning out the mucus, allowing the nose to clear out and ease congestion. If you can’t run to the store for saline drops or spray, try mixing one cup of warm, filtered water and a ½ teaspoon of salt.
How do I get mucus out of my baby’s chest?
Gentle taps on your baby’s back can help ease chest congestion. Lay them down across your knees and gently pat their back with your cupped hand. Or do it while they sit on your lap with their body leading forward about 30 degrees. It loosens mucus in the chest and makes it easier for them to cough it up.