5 month old with stuffy nose

Leslie - posted on 11/07/2009 ( 16 moms have responded )

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My little one is getting a cold. All cold medicines that I have found are not for children under 2. Poor thing is snoring her nose is so stuffy. I pulled out the humidifier and I suction her nose but she hates that. Any suggestions of other things to try?

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Amanda - posted on 11/25/2009

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also you may feel mean but when bub crys let her cry for a little while because as you know yourself when you cry your nose always runs, it loosens it up and you can just wipe it away when it comes out.. doctors say you can let your baby cry for 10mins max

Jessica - posted on 11/23/2009

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My daughter just had her first cold as well. You feel so bad for them when they try to fall asleep and can't breathe! The first night I ended up holding her in an upright position for most of it because it was worse for her on her back....But I found that both the humidifier and the use of saline drops worked the best and she only really suffered for the one night, then it started to get better. Good Luck!

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Amanda - posted on 11/25/2009

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hey when my son had his first runny nose he was only 3 months and the only thing that would clear it up for a while was the suction thing... he hated it to but all you have to think is they will cry and everything but its going to make them feel better in the long run and will make you feel better knowing they can breath properly..

Ashley - posted on 11/20/2009

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Hey Leslie, I had this happen to my son. I called the doctor and they told me all I could do was keep using the saline drops and suction as soon as you do the drops, and at night or when he was sleeping keep his head propped up. It helps things drain. After a few days he was doing better, but it took about 2 or 3 weeks for him to be completely fine. Good Luck.

Erika - posted on 11/17/2009

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Leslie it sounds like you are doing everything you are suppose to. When my little boy had a cold, I used the Johnson's brand vapor bath for babies. This really seemed to help loosen things up and help him breathe better.

Kerry - posted on 11/13/2009

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A bath in a steamy bathroom might help. I take my little one for a bath with the bathroom door closed and the warm water helps clear his sinuses.

Nicole - posted on 11/10/2009

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Yes I was going to say Baby vicks and a humidifier. Those both helped my daughter so much when she had a cold.

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your doing all the right things! you can do the saline drops for noses. but pretty much thats about it and tylenol.

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If you breastfeed you can use freshly expressed breastmilk just like you would the saline stuff. Put a few drops in baby's nose then squeeze or suction out.

Peju - posted on 11/08/2009

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my 5 month old has a bad cold and chesty cough as well. i use the eucarlyptus oil and it does work, i sprinkle some in her cot before she sleeps and on her clothes and it helps her breathe well during the night...its amazing, i also use the saline drops which is also quite good.

Jessica - posted on 11/07/2009

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Quoting Janel:

Hi Leslie,

I know what you are going through! There really is not much you can do for little ones when they get a cold unfortunately, it sucks! My son Owen, 6 months, has had probably at least 4 colds already. Some things we have found that help are the humidifier as well but the best thing is Eucalyptus Oil. You can get it at any pharmacy/drug store. It works great to help clear their poor stuffed noses. We just dribble a few drops right onto his clothing (it does not stain so no worries there) that way if I feel it is too strong I can just remove that article and try again. You can use it as often as needed. I also like to put some in the water of the humidifier!

Another trick, compliments of my Mom...to replace the nose aspirator....(they ALL hate it)...use a bobby pin!! I keep one with me at all times. SO quick and easy! When Owen has visible snots I just go up there and am done...no fuss. Owen does not even know I did anything! You of course just need to be careful!! You can put some Kleenex on it if that helps! Trust me...by far the BEST piece of advice I have gotten!

Hope this helps!! Good luck!


 I see where you're going with this whole bobby pin thing, but why not use a q-tip? That's what I use, then you don't have to worry about the kleenex or it being dirty, use a new one every time! :)

Jessica - posted on 11/07/2009

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I use saline drops, it's just saltwater. Put a drop in each side & be ready with a kleenex when it all comes pouring out. They can be used for daily hygiene purposes as well, not just when baby has a cold.

Rebekah - posted on 11/07/2009

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I used the "Little Noses" saline drops when my daughter had a cold several months back and was quite surprised with how well they loosened things up in there.

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Hi Leslie,



I know what you are going through! There really is not much you can do for little ones when they get a cold unfortunately, it sucks! My son Owen, 6 months, has had probably at least 4 colds already. Some things we have found that help are the humidifier as well but the best thing is Eucalyptus Oil. You can get it at any pharmacy/drug store. It works great to help clear their poor stuffed noses. We just dribble a few drops right onto his clothing (it does not stain so no worries there) that way if I feel it is too strong I can just remove that article and try again. You can use it as often as needed. I also like to put some in the water of the humidifier!



Another trick, compliments of my Mom...to replace the nose aspirator....(they ALL hate it)...use a bobby pin!! I keep one with me at all times. SO quick and easy! When Owen has visible snots I just go up there and am done...no fuss. Owen does not even know I did anything! You of course just need to be careful!! You can put some Kleenex on it if that helps! Trust me...by far the BEST piece of advice I have gotten!



Hope this helps!! Good luck!

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Hi Leslie,



I know what you are going through! There really is not much you can do for little ones when they get a cold unfortunately, it sucks! My son Owen, 6 months, has had probably at least 4 colds already. Some things we have found that help are the humidifier as well but the best thing is Eucalyptus Oil. You can get it at any pharmacy/drug store. It works great to help clear their poor stuffed noses. We just dribble a few drops right onto his clothing (it does not stain so no worries there) that way if I feel it is too strong I can just remove that article and try again. You can use it as often as needed. I also like to put some in the water of the humidifier!



Another trick, compliments of my Mom...to replace the nose aspirator....(they ALL hate it)...use a bobby pin!! I keep one with me at all times. SO quick and easy! When Owen has visible snots I just go up there and am done...no fuss. Owen does not even know I did anything! You of course just need to be careful!! You can put some Kleenex on it if that helps! Trust me...by far the BEST piece of advice I have gotten!



Hope this helps!! Good luck!

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