Last Updated on May 23, 2023 by Nurse Vicky
Unraveling the Mystery of Why Baby’s Nose Gets Blocked at Night
As a parent, you may worry that your baby’s nose is blocked at night. You may consider getting him a nasal spray for a stuffy nose. But you may not know that decongestants are not recommended for babies under two years old. In this article, we will share with you some natural remedies for a stuffy baby’s nose. Read on for more information. Also, keep in mind that nasal sprays are not safe for babies under two.
Natural ways to clean a baby’s nose
While some doctors advise against treating a newborn’s stuffy nose, there are several natural ways to clear your baby’s nose at night.
Nasal aspirators, bulb syringes, and a humidifier can help clear mucus. By clearing your baby’s nose of mucus, you can help him or her eat easier and sleep better. Natural remedies for babies with stuffy noses are safe and effective, so you should try them out.
Another simple method of clearing your baby’s nose at night is to use a raw onion. While this may be disturbing to some parents, it is proven to be effective for clearing minor congestion problems.
Place a sliced onion next to your baby’s crib. According to Lauren Feder, author of Natural Baby and Childcare, the onion’s sulfur content draws out mucus and fluids. By placing this raw onion near your baby’s crib, you can prevent a cold from forming.
Home remedies for clearing a stuffy nose
As a new parent, you look forward to your baby’s first skills, including blowing their nose. While it may seem like a foreign concept at first, it is important to remember that babies cannot fight minor ailments on their own. A blocked nose can cause a baby to become cranky and uncomfortable, preventing him from getting a good night’s rest.
However, this does not mean you should immediately rush to the doctor or pharmacy for a prescription. You can try some of the many home remedies for clearing a stuffy nose in babies at night. One way to clear a stuffed baby’s nasal passages is by using a nasal bulb.
This device is readily available at pharmacies and has a rubber tip. Gently insert the tip into your child’s nostril and let it do the work. The bulb should pull out any mucus that is stuck in it. However, parents should be careful not to damage the baby’s soft nose lining.
Decongestants are not good for children younger than 2 years old
Although there is no clear evidence linking the use of decongestants with adverse effects in young children, there are several reports of serious side effects, including convulsions, rapid heart rate, and even death.
A decade ago, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issued an advisory stating that children younger than two years of age should not take over-the-counter cough and cold products.
The FDA went on to say that it was still reviewing the data regarding use in children aged 2 to 11 years but provided no firm recommendations.
Unlike most other medications, decongestants may not be safe for children younger than two years. The most important thing to remember is that a child’s age should be considered when prescribing decongestants. It is advisable to use decongestants only after consulting with a physician.
In addition, decongestants have some serious side effects, which may include stomachache, headache, and insomnia. In addition, there are limited studies on children under six years of age, which means that they should not be used for young children.
Natural ways to soothe a stuffy baby’s nose
One of the natural ways to relieve a stuffy baby’s congestion is to use a warm washcloth with a few drops of tea tree oil.
This natural oil helps decongest mucus in the nose. Another natural remedy for a stuffy baby’s congestion is to position the child’s head at an angle. This allows the mucus to drain out of the nasal passages. An onion can also be helpful, especially for babies with a stuffy nose at night.
You can make a homemade chest rub by using a thick lotion or applying an over-the-counter chest rub containing essential oils. These work best when applied right before bedtime. Several natural ways to soothe a stuffy baby’s nose at night include a warm bath and tummy time.
Avoiding over-the-counter cough and cold medicines for children younger than 2 years old
The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) strongly recommended against giving children younger than two years old over-the-counter cough and cold medicines.
The agency praised the voluntary actions of manufacturers who warned parents about the risks of children’s cough and cold medications. The recent reports have cast serious doubt on an otherwise trusted group of medicines and have left many parents concerned.
In addition, some children’s cough and cold preparations have a high risk of serious side effects. In addition to the adverse side effects of many OTC cough and cold products, there are several ways to prevent harm to children from these products.
Always make sure to measure the correct dosage for your child. Many cough and cold products contain more than one ingredient that can have dangerous side effects if taken by children younger than two years old. In addition, be sure to give liquids and limit sugary drinks to keep your child well-hydrated.