i have a 2 month old and all i do is suck his nose out with that little bulb thing they give you at the hospital, anyone kno any triccks to make him not be so congested?

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Hanna - posted on 06/10/2009

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i would check to see if the apartment is "dusty" as that might have something to do with it and i don't mean it in a sense that you don't clean your house. when my son was born, we were living in Miami and there, it was a lot of dust -- it was hot so the windows were open or the AC was running and for a while, my son was congested. i had to make sure that i mopped the floor and wiped down all the furniture on daily basis (and sometimes twice a day in our bedroom) as well as change the crib sheets & our bed sheets more often because that's the stuff that traps dust. also, if it is the case, u might have to get one of those air purifiers -- one of my friends had to invest in a few and put them throughout the house because his son was having allergies.

if you are breat-feeding, try putting a bit of breast milk down his nose -- it'll help him sneeze it out and it's not a chemical solution so it's definitely safe for the baby (a nurse at the hospital told me to do that instead of always using saline solution).

now it's not really relevant since it's summer, but if you live in areas like new york or chicago where in winter central heat is very dry, you will need a humidifier because it tends to cause congestion even in adults (i constantly had to put bowls of water on the radiator to act as a natural humidifier).

also, for my son, i used to boil eucalyptus leaves on the stove (we lived in an apartment with an open-floor plan) while he was in the living room during the day -- it's a natural bacteria-neutralizer that is safe for the baby.

and finally, everyone is so obsessed with bacteria these days and is told to clean with clorox, oust, fabreeze, etc. to neutralize the bacteria -- well it is quite possible that your baby is allergic to those products. i am 28 yeas old and i cannot be around bleach (including clorox wipes), oust, bathroom cleaners, comet and even pinesol. your baby's lungs and nose are much more sensitive so a regular household cleaner might cause a reaction, so i would double-check what you are using in the house in terms of products. i learned to use mr clean for floors (except avoid citrus-flavoreed scents because they actually attract insects and roaches -- learned that from someone in the restaurant business), tide bleach for bathrooms (because is doesn't smell like bleach and works wonders on bathroom walls) and palmolive + baking soda for kitchen & dishes as well as the oven because i'm allergic to everything else.

and last but not least, if your baby is formula-fed, some formulas might give the baby that reaction. when i didn't have enough breast-milk and supplemented with formula, my son was very congested and ironically, the worst reaction was from infamil nutramegen (which is supposed to contain protein that is already broken down so it's easier for the baby to digest) so we switched back to regular one within the 72 hours because it seemed to have less negative effects.

either way, speak to your doctor and see what he says. except you, he is the one who knows your baby best and will hopefully provide a solution :) Good Luck!

Amanda - posted on 06/10/2009

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Saline drops work wonders and clean out the sinus's as well. There is no need to go out and buy some expensive items, for a congested healthy child. Or you can run a very hot shower, and steam the bathroom up. Spend a few minutes in there and the nose should get running real well.

Cortnie - posted on 06/10/2009

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have you tried a humidifier?? That normally works...or you could get in the shower and hold him...i asked my mom this because i know they're too young to get decongestant.

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Natalie - posted on 06/11/2009

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when my daughter had a cold i used menthol crytals in her room, that helped. you put them in a bowl of boiling hot water (only like two as they are strong) and they really clear your nose out.

worth a try ! good luck

User - posted on 06/11/2009

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also we had to get a nebulizer with asthma medicinel....and we also have a humidifier for when he isnt getting a breathing treatments. Wen also have been given baby vicks vapor rub and Johnsons has a vapor bath body wash to use with warm water.....Whew I know that was a lot but my baby has had many breathing problems so I know a lot about it.

User - posted on 06/11/2009

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aerosal spray can baby saline drops are amazing!!! When my baby had bronchitis it was the only reason he could breathe well enough to sleep.

Dawn - posted on 06/11/2009

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I have a daughter who is allergic to milk. The only sympton she showed was constant congestion. If you are formula feeding and are using a milk based formula, think about trying soy and if you are breastfeeding watch how much dairy you are consuming. Talk to your ped of course before making any changes in the baby's diet.

Kathleen - posted on 06/10/2009

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that's all i could do, my son supposedly had a cold from the time he was 2m on....so we salined his nose 2-3x a day and suctioned it. He's now 1yr old and i still have to do it. Though I was given the ok to use the little noses decongestant a few weeks ago, but only for a few days at at a time. I have a humidifier and I let him play in the bath longer to help.

I also run the vacumn almost every day and wash his bedding every week to make sure his room is free from most allergens. We also buy the allergen filters for the furnace that seems to help.

Cristina - posted on 06/10/2009

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saline drops, the buy a cool mist humidifier its great for breathing i had a similar problem with my son.

Roxanne - posted on 06/10/2009

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My daughter has the same issue Nicole. DR told us to use the LITTLE NOSES 2x a day. Put 2 little squirts up their nose and then suction it out. You wouldnt believe how much yuk would come out. I only use it when she sounds stuffy now. Works every time! Good luck, let me know if it works for you

Ariel - posted on 06/10/2009

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Yeah, a humidifier is helpful. Also, congestion can be caused by different allergies, check to make sure your heater filters are clean, dust regularly, and use a vacuum with a HEPA filter. Oddly it can also be a sign of food allergies (even if breastfeeding) as congestion is just another symptom associated with histamine activities. Ask your pediatrician about it next time you go in for a visit.

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My 7 month old seems to be consistently congested. I have a nebulizer leftover from when my older son had RSV and it helps (just a saline solution). You can also try a humidifier. I don't know whether you should use cool or warm mist though. Check with your pedi.

Aneen - posted on 06/10/2009

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use a nebulizer, it clears it up. or alternative take him to physio, but be warned it is not nice!! but its the best

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