Any nasal congestion tips for my preemie who is 4 moths adjusted?

Tamika - posted on 12/08/2011 ( 9 moms have responded )

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Hey Moms!
My little girl gabby who was born at 23wks 4 day on 4/24/11 is 4 months adjusted and over the last few days has been congested. I called her doc and they suggested saline, and humidifier. It seems worse when she is sleeping. Any suggestions are greatly appreciated.

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Denise - posted on 12/16/2011

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I noticed this with my 29 weeker, it always got worse when he slept. Humidifier and saline did not work. I tried everything. Eventually I found out he has tracheomalacia which they also call floppy airway disease. This is common in preemies. So the congestion sound was not congestion it was his airways flapping when he breathed, sounds just like congestion. If nothing seems to help his congestion after awhile I would have it checked by a doctor.

Grace - posted on 12/24/2011

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cool mist humidifier..i use germ guardian brand. Tried vicks at first and it was really loud and smelled awful. Germ Guardian is more expensive but works great! That helps my g/g twins a lot! Also use saline mist as previously mentioned and suction with nasal aspirator. Try not to use anything that could cause allergies fuzzy animals etc and make sure she has been evaluated for reflux sometimes reflux can cause nasal congestion as this was a big part of one of my daughters nasal congestion. she was put on zantac twice a day and we got a fisher price newborn rock and play for her to sleep in. It is inclined and therefore helps with reflux and she was able to sleep in it until she was almost 7 months old when she was sitting up rolling over good. I hope you find a fix for her. :) My twins are 10 1/2 months now and doing great. Baby B outgrew her reflux and was able to come off her zantac at around age 8 months. But the nasal congestion stopped after i did the things mentioned above.

Cristina - posted on 01/14/2012

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Raise the mattress with blankets underneath so she's in a somewhat incline position. My son had the same thing, we did the humidifier and saline and raised his mattress--it worked for us. Give it a try!

Renee - posted on 01/05/2012

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i slept ebony in a sitting possition( making sure that she couldnt bury her face in anything) for nearly 4 months because of that

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Crystal - posted on 01/14/2012

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if u have a swamp cooler it is best to leave it on & if u dnt have one DO NOT have a heater on because it will make her more congested....they also have baby viz at walmart or target...a tiny little bit on the botton of her upper lip will help her so very well

Manisha - posted on 12/29/2011

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Yes with such small babies u can only depend on saline drops and yes some warm Oil massage

Danielle - posted on 12/22/2011

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Turn the shower on using the hottest water in the bathroom with the door closed to keep the steam in. Sit in there as long as you need to. Works wonders!

Jackie - posted on 12/11/2011

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I was told to use the saline as well... i found it helped during the day but not so much at night. my doctor told me to get this little thing and its like a hand action nose unblocker.. lol i am not sure what they called but it had a find tube on the end of it with a thing on the end of it that you squeezed then inserted the tube on the end into babies nose and released your hand thus sucking the snot and all of that out of babies nose.

Michelle - posted on 12/09/2011

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The saline mist works really well, though mostly just for clearing to enhance a better feed. I'm nots sure where your daughter is sleeping, but with my daughter's first cold she was still in her basinet in the crib so we put a blanket under the basinet to raise the head of it. When she had nasal drip, it went down her throat as opposed to getting stuck in her nose. I hear the humidifer is a great tool to, we just didn't need to use it. Good luck and hope your little one feels better soon!

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