stuffy nose at night, help?

Rebecca - posted on 10/28/2010 ( 30 moms have responded )

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my nearly 6 month old has had a cold recently and has been left with a very stuffy nose at night, i am scared he can not breath properly and he keeps waking up crying when he seems to have difficulty breathing, any suggestions??

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Amiledizfelix - posted on 10/11/2013

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My 5month babygirl just got a stuffy nose and you can her breathing. She keeps waking up crying because she cant breath. Im a first time mom any encouraging advice ....

April - posted on 11/10/2010

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I never knew how to use the aspirator right until recently. If you plug one nostril while you suck out the other it works great. I also squeeze it from the end rather than the sides.

Kerrie - posted on 11/05/2010

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My 4 month old is also sick. I use saline and squirt some up her nose and then give it a minute to soften the mucus then use a nasal aspirator to suck some of the snot out ( which she hates). then I rub some baby vics on her chest and it usually helps.

Dawn - posted on 11/11/2010

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Here's a very old remedy given to me by my girlfriend and it works like a charm. Vicks Vaporub on the bottom of the feet right before he goes to bed, just a little bit, then put on his sleeper with feet and just a very little dab under the nose. That stuffy nose will be gone in no time. But just use a little bit. I do this all the time for both my kids, even when they start to get a stuffy nose and I see a cold coming on. Good luck!!

Anita - posted on 11/09/2010

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You can use drops for the nose that help clear the nose. Also use a vaporiser with Eucalypt in it.

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Christine - posted on 10/29/2013

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If the above don't help then his adenoids have probably enlarged with the cold and not gone down again. This sometimes happens even in very young babies. Other warning signs are noisy breathing in the nose, and if very bad mouth breathing. If he's waking up upset due to difficulties breathing he's likely having sleep apneas, which you don't want to leave going on for too long as they are very detrimental to health and development long term. Of course it may just be a lingering cold, but keep a close eye if it doesn't resolve soon.

Josephine - posted on 10/28/2013

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I recently got the NoseFrida. 100 times better than the aspirator. Search it online. This thing works wonders. Everything gets sucked out.

CeCe - posted on 10/22/2013

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Gentle Care vapor rub. This cream is fabulous!!!! My son is six years old and I still use it on him. :)

Can be purchased at Health Food Stores and now some Walgreens actually carry it.

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Oh! And leaving the humidifier on at night helped our girls with their stuffy noses too :)

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We use saline drops (available at any pharmacy), put a couple in the afflicted nostril and then try the nasal aspirator (or snot sucker as my hubby calls it). Hope you find something that works for you & that your little guy is feeling better soon! :)

Amy - posted on 11/11/2010

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When my daughter has a cold, we give her a bath in the Vapor bubble bath. It's really strong n it's helps alot. Also the vaporizer n Vicks baby rub are huge helps...I have them in the house at all times because they're so helpful. My daughter hates the saline drops, but I try it at least once if she'll let me get away w/ it.

Miranda - posted on 11/11/2010

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They are right the hospital aspirator is best, but if you are like me and had a dog destroy it or have lost it after buying about 10 different brands the one that comes with Little Noses Saline drops is the best alternative. And as for the humidifier the Vicks Cool Mist Humidifier is the best and it has a great night light to help you peek in on your baby without disturbing them.

Christina - posted on 11/10/2010

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My 2 month old has a cold right now and my doctor suggested saline drops and letting him sleep in a bouncy chair. You can also use a swing/car seat, or anything that will keep his head elevated. My doctor also suggested putting rolled up blankets under his crib sheet but my son moves so much he kept rolling over onto his stomach and I didn't feel comfortable with that.

Tracey - posted on 11/03/2010

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I have always rubbed Vaporub on his chest which seems to clear up his nose a little. I also spray saline solution in his nose and then use that squeezy thing to clear it out. Unfortunately, not much you can do besides that. You just have to ride it out and prepare for not getting much sleep.

Ashley - posted on 11/03/2010

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baby vicks rub works really good. its very mild and smells nice. my son loves it.

Wendy - posted on 11/02/2010

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We use saline drops! Our 2 yr old has been going through a long line of colds already this season - our town seems to have a bad round of bugs, and so far our 6month old hasn't gotten anything worse than a stuffy nose. I just make some saline drops and throw a few done her nose when she stuffs up.

Tine - posted on 11/02/2010

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Homeopathics are totally safe and really help. Try to go to a proper homeopath for your medicines, but if you can't afford to there are some great cold / sinus preparations from Brauer (sp?!) and a few other reputable companies - ask at helath food stores. If you can get them, I find that homeopathic arnica, nat mur and sepia help my stuffy nosed daughter (and me) a lot with colds. The other bonus is that kids love taking them - they are just tiny sweet pills - completely safe for even little babies.

Nissrine - posted on 11/01/2010

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Saline drops that you squirt in his nose are the best, just squirt in each nostril then suck out with an aspirator, but usually the baby sneezes after the squirting & so the nose cleans itself.
I also agree with previous posts about humidifiers, they're great. Elevate his head a little which should ease the discomfort. If you prefer natural remedies, try using a couple drops of Eucalyptus & menthol drops tat I get from the pharmacy, they do wonders for babies, just place a couple of drops on a tissue & place it under his shirt. You can also boil a little ginger for 5 mns then give him about 2 tsp twice a day, it's great for curing & preventing colds. Hope this helps.

Kara - posted on 11/01/2010

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probably to take him to the doctors, and ask if he could give you some nosedrops. my mom told me to, use water before i put my son to bed. while i give him a bath, i sit him in the tub and just put some water into my hand, and put it by his nose. i know it sounds, scary and everything, thats how i thought of it, but it worked. you can even just sit the baby on your lap, and do that.

Sarh - posted on 10/31/2010

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Michelle, my ped told me I could use saline nose drops/spray for my little guy.. he has had a stuffy nose since he was born, but doesn't that burn their little noses? I know getting water up my nose burns let alone purposely spraying something up there.
And I forgot about the Vapo bath!! That stuff is awesome! Used it on my daughter all the time and I was still using it up till the beginning of this yr ish.

Michelle - posted on 10/31/2010

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Some things I do for my little peanut to make her more comfortable at night when she has a cold:
At bedtime, I rub baby vicks on the bottom of her feet and put socks on and then i dab it behind her ears. This really helps to open up her nose so she can breathe better.
I put a blanket under the head of her mattress to elevate it very slightly.
nasal aspirators are GREAT.
baby saline nose drops are also great :)
I also buy the johnson and johnson baby vapo bath and let her sit in a bath of that before she goes to sleep.
Hope that helps and that your little one feels better soon.

Chrystal - posted on 10/30/2010

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Definitely get a humidifier. Those are amazing for babies w/ stuffy nose and colds. Also infant saline drops are great too.

Kelly - posted on 10/30/2010

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I don't know if they make them small enough, but the Breathe Right strips are a great option!

Sarh - posted on 10/29/2010

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If he falls asleep in your arms or if you have to transfer him from where ever to his crib. Before laying him down to sleep, sit in the bath room w/him, turn the shower on hot to create steam, keep the door closed and fan off. The steam from the shower will help loosen everything which should lead to a better nights sleep. Also get a vaporizer or humidifier for his room.

Melissa - posted on 10/29/2010

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The best aspirator is the ones from the hospital...all the others just dont work!

Rebecca - posted on 10/29/2010

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thankyou for both your advice i will ge a huidifier, i have got a nose aspirator but i can never get it to work, i used some albour junior drops which i dripped on his mobiole which helps a bit, i take it i can use that in the humidifier. thanks for the ideas i will get to work on them i'm just feeling so tied as i feel a bit paranoid to sleep when i know he can not breath properly so here goes :)

Kara - posted on 10/28/2010

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Renae is right - humidifiers are great and an aspirator is always handy to have on hand. You can maybe elevate his head by placing a blanket under his mattress. Do not put a pillow or blanket under his head though. Good luck

Renae - posted on 10/28/2010

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You need to get a humidifier from the pharmacy to keep his nose clear and help him breathe. There is a vicks one that has drops you put in the water that I find works for my baby. You can also get a nose aspirator which you use to suck all the yucky stuff out of his nose so he can breathe. Also saline drops or spray to squirt in his nose. I squirt the spray in there to loosen everything up then suck it out with the aspirator. Hope this helps.

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