Question about stuffy noses and conjestion

Chrystal - posted on 03/27/2009 ( 11 moms have responded )

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Hi moms!

This is my first thread and also my first day on this site. I have a question. Have any of you had a problem relieving your babies stuffy noses? My 2 1/2 month old son seems to have been stuffy since birth. I have the saline drops and the nose pump. I drop a few drops normally and then I'll pump his nose right after. It doesn't seem to be really pulling anything out. I recently just bought a humidified but I haven't had it long enough to notice a difference. Any suggestions? Perhaps I'm using the drops and pump wrong. The advice nurse told me if I was doing it more than twice a day I was doing it too much and his nostril would get inflamed.

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Chrystal - posted on 04/03/2009

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Thanks all!...I've tried putting him on a bit of an incline...he just smiles at me and still breaths all stuffy. I finally plugged in my humidifier (I went to Walmart and they'd sold out of Vicks so I bought the store brand)...surprisingly it seems to work! At night it does anyway. He slept through the night without his normal heavy breathing. I work during the day so I don't know how long it works. It doesn't help that I've caught a cold myself. I'm trying not to kiss on him and it's extremely hard.

Juanita - posted on 03/31/2009

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I have the same issue.. Ever since he was born. Its only really when he first wakes up. I asked the dr about it, she said that babies only breathe threw there nose so its from dust, the weather changing and stuff.he also suggested to put something under his mattress to put him on an incline, that actually has helped a lil but hes still stuffy just not as much.  Hope this helps!!

Juanita - posted on 03/31/2009

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I have the same issue.. Ever since he was born. Its only really when he first wakes up. I asked the dr about it, she said that babies only breathe threw there nose so its from dust, the weather changing and stuff.he also suggested to put something under his mattress to put him on an incline, that actually has helped a lil but hes still stuffy just not as much.  Hope this helps!!

Sarah - posted on 03/29/2009

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my son is 11 weeks old and has got yet another cold, we have tried everything that we could think of, nothing helps. took him docs 3 times in 2 weeks cos he cant take bottles, is really unsettled and just isnt his self. Snuffle babe has had the slightest of affect on him, which eases his pain a little. i put it on his t shirt or inside of his jacket as he is under 3 months. its rubbed on his bouncer chair, his head hugger on his car seat, anywere i can put it really. its definally worth a try if your lil one is suffering

Katie - posted on 03/29/2009

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My son had that problem and still does sometimes at 16 mon. The doctor told us to just use nasal spray, run the humidifer and fill the bathroom with steam and sit in it with him.The only problem we had with a humidifer is that is was putting out so much air it made his room cold. My son had some wheezing with his also.Since my husband and I both had childhood asthma we were worried about that.The doctor prescribed us a nebulizer for him when he gets weezy and congested and that seems to help.My daughter who was born(1-20-09) hasn't had that problem yet but we bought her the red cross humidifer from Target and it works great.It doesn't make her room cold and it really isn't that loud. Well good luck and I hope his congestion goes away soon.

Chrystal - posted on 03/29/2009

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Thanks for your replies...It does make me feel better that I'm not alone and that it seems normal. The head elevation seems to help a little...but so far nothing has totally relieved. The doctor kind of annoys me sometimes because I feel like with so many issues there response is...."oh that's normal he'll get over it in a few weeks/months"...but I won't relief now! :0)

Carly - posted on 03/29/2009

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Try snuffle babe rubbed onto chest or a hanky tied to the cot/basket. If he is in a basket try putting a thick book or catalogue under the top end so he is elavated making it easier for him to breath. Steam also helps, so in the bathroom after a hot shower or in the kitchen..

Brianna - posted on 03/28/2009

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izzys been getting choked up on her bottles cause of her nose.  i try to suck the stuff out and i do get some out but shes sounded horrible here lately.  the dr said she has a cold  hers is green.  she will cough maybe once a day if even that.  she worries me though when shes eating

Katie - posted on 03/28/2009

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Also..just a side note: we did infact have a small amount of success with a warm air humidifier, we steam up his room about an hour before we put him down and leave it all night. It seems to give him some relief! :)

Katie - posted on 03/28/2009

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It's so comforting to see someone with EXACTLY the same issue!!! We've been battling with our sons stuffed up nose since birth also. We've tried: nasal aspirator,slaine drops,baby vicks,a vapour fan,infant otrivin and we even BROKE a humidifier because we had it going for so long..you name it we've tried it!!!!!!!!!!!!

After all that, I asked another mom and a baby group I go to about it, she told me that apparently its fairly common in newer babys and that it will infact subside on its own. We see the doctor in a couple weeks and i'm going to ask him just to make sure, but last time he examined him he was stuffy too and he said as long as he doesn't develop a cough or have lots of green discharge from his nose, chances are he's likely to be fine! But if your feeling nervous about it, ask your doctor they'll know forsure if theres something that needs to be treated or not!

Hope this helps :)

Sarah - posted on 03/27/2009

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Hi! I have the same problem with my little one. He is two months old this weekend. I am under the impression that my sons is a result of acid reflux from this formula! he doesnt' really spit up but I think that some does end up going up his nasal cavity. The doc prescribed him some reflux meds just the other day so I am not sure if they are working yet. We use the saline drops and I cold mist humidify his room at night. I hate seeing him so congested. It breaks my heart. I am hoping that as he gets a little older the reflux will subside....? I didn't know they had a nose pump? Where would I get this from? We have a nasal blub aspirator but that doesn't do much....

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