Baby stuffy nose is not a big problem, until it causes breathing difficulty. Read the following article to know more about the different causes of baby stuffy nose and its treatment.

Baby Stuffy Nose

Baby stuffy nose is a common problem in infants and toddlers, but not something too grave or serious. Nonetheless, the same can definitely give you some sleepless nights and hours of tiring laundry. Just like adults, stuffed nose causes irritation and trouble in babies as well. Most of the times, babies do not understand what is causing them problem and hence, end up wailing and crying. Nose blockage or stuffiness can be due to several causes—allergic reaction and common cold being the two most prominent ones. Exposure to extreme climatic conditions can also cause stuffy nose in babies. Unlike adults, babies can not be given medications as they are sensitive. Thus, in order to treat and relieve them, it is advisable to use natural remedies. Vaporizing the whole room with the help of cool-mist humidifier or placing a bowl filled with warm water in the bedroom is a way by which you can treat stuffed nose. This technique not only increases the humidity level of the room, but also facilitates in loosening up of the baby's nasal mucus. However, it is best to use some precautionary measures to avoid the problem in the first place. Regularly providing your baby with the fresh air of the morning will clear its nasal passages and help avoid the problem of stuffed nose. 
Causes of Stuffy Nose in Babies 
  • The nasal membranes of the infants cannot produce enough mucus due to changing humidity levels or low humid conditions. Inadequate amount of moisture in the air causes drying of the nasal passages, which eventually leads to swelling or irritation, causing stuffy nose at night.
  • One of the common causes of stuffy nose in infants is sinus infection or sinusitis. This condition may worsen at night when the infected baby lies down. In this particular lying position, the sinus drainage occurs at the back of the throat and causes irritation. For instance, if the affected baby lies on its left side, the left nostril gets stuffy, making it difficult to breathe and vice versa.
  • Babies who suffer from stuffy nose only at night may be allergic to the bedding materials such as pillow and blankets. A deviated septum is also one of the common causes of stuffy nose at night. This defect may be due to some injury or may be present since birth.
  • Apart from these conditions, stuff nose can be caused by respiratory and upper respiratory infections like common cold and flu. Some common factors of causing chronic stuffy nose are allergies, hay fever, adenoiditis, vasomotor rhinitis, nasal polyp and nasal tumor. In some cases, nasal blockage or nasal abnormality is responsible for causing stuffy nose.
  • Change in immediate environmental conditions drastically affect babies, sometimes exposing them to slight wind, cold temperature or spending time outdoors for an extended period. These conditions pose great risk of causing stuffy nose in infants. 
Treatment for Baby Stuffy Nose 
  • One of the very basic things to relieve stuffy nose in babies is switching on a cool-mist humidifier, especially in the bedroom where the baby spends most of its time. The cool water vapor from the humidifier will help in loosening nasal mucus and promoting quick draining. Make sure to clean the vaporizer on a regular basis to prevent bacterial growth.
  • If you are looking for a less expensive solution and better alternative to room humidifier, you can place a bowl filled with warm water in the bedroom. This will not only increase the room humidity level to some extent, but will also facilitate in moistening and loosening the baby's nasal mucus. Remember to regularly clean the bowl and change the water.
  • One easy and quick method for relieving stuffy nose in infants is removing nasal mucus with an appropriate device. All you require is an infant aspirator (or nasal bulb) that can be easily purchased from a local pharmacy. Squeeze the nasal bulb to remove air and carefully put its tip inside infant’s nostril. As you release the bulb, it will absorb air and simultaneously throw mucus out of the nasal passage.
  • In some common home remedies, you can give warm water to the baby and provide slight elevation to baby’s head during the sleep, as this would encourage easy drainage of nasal mucus.
  • You can also opt for an effective remedy that uses saline drops. Apart from diluting nasal mucus, it allows easy drainage of mucus. Keep in mind to maintain an appropriate concentration of saline water suitable for the baby.
  • Provide lots of liquid food to your toddler. This will reduce the chances of dehydration for the baby and help it breathe properly through the mouth.
  • Giving your baby some fresh air during the first hours of the morning will immensely help in clearing out the nasal passages of your baby. Holding the baby in an upright position will also help in this regard. 
Hope this article comes in handy in helping you get rid of your baby's stuffed nose. Use these simple tips and keep your baby healthy and happy.

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