My baby's nose is blocked what can I do?

Savannah - posted on 07/26/2009 ( 26 moms have responded )

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My baby is 3 weeks old, and her nose is blocked. What can use / do to open her nose up?

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Farial - posted on 02/04/2014

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My baby is six weeks old and her nose has been blocked for a week now. Im using saline drops but doesn't work. she is feeding well but hardly sleep she sleep then wake up every after few minutes cause she cant breath properly because of the blocked nose .
.What could it be

Tamara - posted on 07/26/2009

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Trish Lindsey, breastmilk has been used in a healing capacity for generations in a variety of capacities. Saline is NOT the only substance that one can use to clear a stuffy nose.

From "Keeping Abreast" Magazine April-June 1999 issue
http://bmsg.tripod.com/breastmilkuses.ht...
Stuffy noses: Squirt into nose and suction or squeeze out as you would with saline.

http://www.geocities.com/HotSprings/2330...

Tully MR, Lockhart-Borman L, Updegrove K. Stories of Success: the Use of Donor Milk is Increasing in North America. J Hum Lact. 2004 Feb;20(1):75-77.

"Donor milk has been used to successfully treat a number of medical conditions in infants... human milk may be a lifesaving therapy for infants and young children with unusual medical conditions... Because human milk is the richest source of IgA available, it has been successfully used for immunologically deficient adults as well as infants and children."

Michelle - posted on 07/26/2009

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I agree with the other moms to use the saline drops. When my baby was in the hospital a nurse showed me how to use the suction bulb as another mom mentioned. Don't be afraid to use it. Instead of squeezing the sides, you push down all the way on the bulb to get enough suction to get the liquid out but do it gently as babies are very tender inside and out. It really helps, helped my baby, hope it works for you. I felt so helpless when my baby was like that so i can relate. Remember to make time for yourself too and most of all enjoy your baby, they grow up really fast.

Tamara - posted on 07/26/2009

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Trish, breastmilk is not a substance than can make your child sick. It is filled with antibodies and other things that are quite healthy for your child.

Vicki - posted on 07/26/2009

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Breastmilk has healing properties, and is perfectly safe to go up baby's nose, for anyone who thinks otherwise!! This was recommended to me by the local public health nurse. It is the most natural solution. And it works more effectively (and cheaper!) than anything you could get at a drug store.

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Tiffanyhelean - posted on 11/23/2013

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Ive heard saline drops are not good for a baby because if you dont get everybit out you put in there can cause more sickness. Ive been told breastmilk as well and suck it out like saline. Ive done it to myself and my boys and they are better.

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You can buy a little per pet that draws out any blockage by simple suction. You just squeeze the bub end, pop the tip in the end of the baby's nose and release. It draws everything that is blocking the nose out. Also made of silicone so loverly and soft. In my opinion much safer that putting any thing up baby's nose.

Breast milk works wonders for bathing sticky eyes and small wounds.

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when my daughter has a blocked nose i put karvol on her sheets, or rub vicks on her chest and i also put a bowl of hot water wiv a few drops of karvol in the room.

Amy - posted on 07/26/2009

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yup definitely the saline drops, little noses for infants works great, and the nasal aspirator works great.

Erin - posted on 07/26/2009

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breast milk is in no way harmful to your baby, even if you put a small amount in the nose. any liquid, in excess, can cause drowning. even saline as it is just salt water!

Trish - posted on 07/26/2009

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I suppose everyone is entitled to their own opinion, best bet is to ask your local health nurse or call your doctor during their regular hours.

Abby - posted on 07/26/2009

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at night, if u have the radiators on, put a wet towel over it and it'll help!

Trish - posted on 07/26/2009

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Hey Tamara,
Anything other than saline will harm your baby and I feel sorry for your baby if he/she gets anything else added to their nose. Where on earth did you hear such an absurd thing? Look it up, adding a foreign body that is not absorbed into the body can cause harm. Breastmilk is NOT absorbed into the mucous membranes, it will only do damage to your baby's lungs. Poor thing :(

Melony - posted on 07/26/2009

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I have a five and half week old baby boy who has the same problem - we went to the GP who refused to prescribe Saline drops as she said that as long as the baby is feeding as normal then the nose is not blocked enough to warrant using drops. Eventually it did get bad and I bought saline drops from the pharmacy - they worked a treat and I can usually get his nose unclocked within a few minutes of using the drops.

Tiffany - posted on 07/26/2009

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Posted by Tamara Routier Jern (8:24 am)
Sit in the bathroom with the door closed the shower turn on HOT. The steam will help open up his little nose. Also, breastmilk up the nose will help as well.


are you saying to put the breastmilk up her nose? I'm not sure but this doesn't sound safe.. I only used saline & aspirators designed for babies in the little noses, it is not expensive at all and works great!

Sharon - posted on 07/26/2009

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Saline is the only thing recommended by our pharmacists and pediatricians at the hospital.

Trish - posted on 07/26/2009

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Please do not use breast milk, do NOT use anything other than saline. You do not want to increase your chance of drowning your baby or causing aspiration pneumonia. Nothing other than saline is absorbed into the body. Not sure how breast milk does the trick, that will hurt your baby.

Trish - posted on 07/26/2009

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You can use saline drops to put in her nose. It's not as bad as it sounds and please don't use water. You can get saline drops at any pharmacy. Using water will potentially drown your baby. Saline is absorbed into the system and works much faster than any other method. Once the saline is put in (it comes with an eye dropper) your baby may or may not cry but that also will help loosen up the mucous. I use a whole dropper full of saline, 1/2 per nostril. Trust me, it works great. I used it at least once a week on my baby and he is used to it by now.

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there is this little box in the pharmacy section of wal-mart (and other places, but i know for a fact it's at wal-mart). it's called Little Noses Stuffy Nose Kit. it comes with the saline drops/spray and an aspirator designed for babies.



my daughter (now 5 months old) had bad sinus clogging when she was a newborn and this little $4 kit saved us from multiple doctor's visits. you spray a little bit of the saline up the nose, let it sit for a second, then suck it out with the aspirator.



**WARNING** babies HATE this procedure, but it is good for them! your baby WILL cry, but it will be worth it in the end as your baby will be able to breathe.



Good luck!

Dana - posted on 07/26/2009

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In addition to Tamara's suggestions, saline drops and a nose bulb for an infant (use sparingly).

Tamara - posted on 07/26/2009

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Sit in the bathroom with the door closed the shower turn on HOT. The steam will help open up his little nose. Also, breastmilk up the nose will help as well.

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