Any tricks for helping a 2 month old with nasal congestion?

Celeste - posted on 04/16/2010 ( 4 moms have responded )

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I'm using vapo rub, steam and saline mist. These all help but she's getting worse. I wonder if she could be allergic to our cats.

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Myshell - posted on 12/23/2010

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my son had the same problem at that age. it started after his needles and finally ended at 3 and a half mths. i put an air cleaner in his room. i also have cats and if its an allergy you could try bathing the cats every two weeks. this will take care of the hair and pollen in the air from the cats. also vacumn daily if they shed lots. try switching bounce sheets also. we ended up switching to snuggle and it seemed. to help. i would definitely give it some time before assuming its an allergy.

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Carina - posted on 12/30/2010

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Possibly! Has she had an allergy check... it maybe something else setting her off. My boy (5yrs) has asthma, hayfever.... So we boil a plant Manuka - Tea tree in a big pot and let the vapour go throughout the house... If you don't mind 'the tree smell'.. it does help ease his breathing... have a go.. or see a naturapath.. What ever helps!

Catherine - posted on 04/18/2010

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I am not sure what could be causing it, but when my son was small (before he could blow his nose) I dreamed of someone inventing an electronic nose cleaner-upper and last week I saw one at Wal-Mart. I almost bought it just to see how well it worked, but it may help your lil' one stay semi-clear. Good luck.

Joy - posted on 04/17/2010

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Try saline drops (or you can just use fresh breastmilk) in each nostril. Let it sit for a few minutes, then use the nose bulb to suck out as much as you can. Most babies don't like it, but it does work fairly well.
Also the Johnson and Johnson baby wash in the greenish bottle is for relieving stuffiness (I even like to use it myself), you don't even actually have to put them in the tub, just run really hot water in the sink with a capful and then hold your baby next to it to breathe the vapors.
As for allergies - they often run in families so think about you and your relatives. Also do you have somewhere else you could stay for a couple of days that is cat free (grandparent or friend) that might "test" your theory before you ask your doc for allergy tests.

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