You've made it through your first couple of months of sleep-deprived nights with your new little one and you are beginning to come out of the newborn fog. Your baby is starting to smile more and you are patting yourself on the back for making it this far! But wait... is that a sniffle or a snort you hear from your beautiful cherub's nose? Oh no, is your baby congested? Is it just from the dry winter air? Do you need to call the doctor*?
Unfortunately, sometimes little babies can catch a cold especially if they have toddler siblings who love to give them loads of kisses. If your little one is only congested at night it may just be from dry air in the room and due to increased use of heaters in the winter months.
Here are 5 Tips for Soothing Your Congested Baby:
1. Put a cool-mist humidifier in your baby's room
Moist air can ease cold symptoms and soothe dry noses. We recommend a cool-mist humidifier such as this one: Frida Baby 3 in 1 Humidifier
Warm mist works well but for young children, cool mist is the safest option.
The Mayo Clinic has a great article about humidifiers: Warm-mist versus cool-mist humidifier: Which is better for a cold?
2. Use Saline drops
Saline drops can clear away mucous and allow your baby to breathe easier. Only 1-2 drops per nostril is necessary!
3. Use a nasal aspirator
There are so many different types of nasal aspirators for babies. Suctioning out their nasal passages can really help your baby sleep better at night. The most common type is the good ol' fashioned bulb aspirator. However, new and popular ones like the FridaBaby Nose Frida works well!
4. Sit with your baby in a steamy bathroom
Run your shower on hot and sit with your baby for up to 5 minutes. The steam can help clear your baby in no time!
5. Use an organic chest rub
There are several essential oils that can help with congestion. (Always consult with your healthcare provider and only use kid-safe oils.)
Here is a recipe that we like courtesy of Mrs. Happy Homemaker:
Organic Chest Rub Ingredients:
¼ cup extra virgin olive oil
2 teaspoons of beeswax
25-30 drops of eucalyptus essential oil
20-25 drops of rosemary essential oil
10-15 drops of lavender essential oil
Melt the olive oil & beeswax in a small saucepan on low heat until melted, stirring with a wooden spoon.
Turn off the heat & stir in the essential oils - drop by drop (keep stirring until all have been added).
Pour into a small glass or metal container.
Store in a cool, dry place for up to a year.
We hope these ideas help soothe your congested baby and give your family the rest they need! At the Grapevine Birthing Center, your and your baby’s wellbeing are our number one priority!
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*Remember, as always to consult your pediatrician with any questions/concerns about sickness.