My baby is sick and can't breath out of her nose because it's stuffy

Senita - posted on 09/19/2010 ( 105 moms have responded )

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my 5 in a half month old is sick. Shes coughing alittle bit and she has a stuffy nose. What can i give her. She wakes up do to her not being able to breath through her nose.

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Kelly - posted on 10/02/2012

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My two month old niece can not breath out of her nose. Any suggestions would be so helpful and appreciated.Thanks :)

Jennifer - posted on 09/19/2010

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my best suggestions are to have a cool mist humidifier in her room while she's sleeping, put a pillow or something under her crib mattress so that it is on a slight incline (this will help mucus drainage). also, get a saline nasal spray, spray it in her nose then suck it out with an aspirator.

there are no safe cold medications for children under 6 years old, so you kind of just have to tough it out :( good luck, and i hope she feels better soon!

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In addition to the suggestions of the other mothers I have found the following things helpful and safe for infants:
A nice warm bath with a menthol scented bubblebath (I reccomend the one made by California Baby)
Vicks Vapor nightlight
Boogie Wipes for the nose, they are super soft and really good at unclogging all that dried snot!

good luck!

Bec - posted on 09/30/2010

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A vapouriser (don't forget to put the special liquid in), some saline drops up her nose and then suck it out with one of those sucker things, some Vicks Baby Balsam on her chest and back and maybe a baby multivitamin? I actually put the vapouriser in the room my bub is playing in all day (not just at night and during naps) and that seems to help a lot.

Alexandra - posted on 10/04/2010

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I used the buger sucker sorry for what i called it but i dont know the actual name and i use little noses saline drops humidifier and baby vicks on my sons chest also put vicks on the bottom of her feet with socks on her it works wonders i learned that from my older sister i was hesitant a first but it really worked .... A baby skin is soft so it enter into the blood stream alitte and acts as a cough suppresant and nasel decongestant...

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Tamera - posted on 10/06/2012

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when my son was little and had a cough. my mother. n law would put baby vicks on a oneise then put it on my son after his bath. it helped out alot.

Serena - posted on 10/14/2010

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I agree with the saline and aspirator. My son wouldn't sleep with his mattress raised so when he was sick, he slept in his car seat and that was the only way he slept through the night. Oh... and with the vaporizor.

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Saline drops for babies! When Basil was a newborn, she got really bad boogies, like her entire nostril was covered with boogers. I couldn't pick her nose, so I got her saline drops from Little Noses and it works almost instantly

Lisa - posted on 10/04/2010

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My daughter has a cold or bug that's going around also. The doctor's said I could use the nasal aspirator but not too much because it will irritate the nasal passage. They also suggested the humidifier and Little Noses saline drops. I'm not sure at what age you can start using that baby rub...I know it says on the labels though. Keeping her upright will help her sleep as well. Good luck! Having a sick baby is not fun, especially when you're sick as well.

Dannielle - posted on 10/04/2010

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I have 2 kids ages 2 and 4 years. my youngest was 4 months when she got sick. my mother helped me get the stuff she needed one of them was panadol for kids. you just need to go to the chemist and ask them how much your child needs at the age they are at.

Candace - posted on 10/04/2010

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Definitely need things at home: vaporub, humidifier etc. Also, what works great for helping our immune systems is chiropractic! To find a doctor in your area, ask around or visit www.icpa4kids.org Chiropractic is GREAT for babies!! Hope she's doing great now :0)

Helen - posted on 10/03/2010

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you can get a vaporisor to put in your babys room, it will steam the room up and makes it much easier for you baby to breath. I bought one when my baby was sick with a chest infection, when you walked into the room it was easier for even us to breath and helped him get better.

Victoria Amethyst - posted on 10/03/2010

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well, for now just increase her fluid intake especially water

Colleen - posted on 10/02/2010

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You can either consult your doctor for tips or flush out her nose with saline and use that blue bulb you get from the hospital to suck all of the flem out. Saline is a good way to help them breathe. They get mad when you do it but in the end its better for them because Saline doesn't hurt them and is actually good for killing bad bacteria...Good luck

Jeannette - posted on 10/02/2010

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vaporiser, vicks baby balsalm on chest and back, baby pillow for nasal drainage and hanky's strategically placed around crib with eucalyptus oil :)

Crystal - posted on 10/01/2010

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I don't know if you have this where u are, but my son's paediatrition recommended baby tussadryl.

Jessica - posted on 10/01/2010

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steam up the bathroom leave shower or hot tap running and stay in there with her for ten mins or so should help

Sarah - posted on 10/01/2010

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My newborn had a cold at one week old. Our pediatrician said use little noses saline spray. I combine the saline spray with a nasal aspirator and the two together work wonders. I also use this combination for my two year old. Of course, if it gets much worse, you should take her to the doctor...

Rebecca - posted on 09/30/2010

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Elevate her mattress on one side so her head iss above her body. Vicks on the chest & feet (old remedie) and turn on a humidifier in her room. You can use nasal spray f she gets stuffed up

Katie - posted on 09/30/2010

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Johnson & Johnson makes a body wash that is meant for babies with colds (it's green). I used it for my little guy when he was that young & was congested! Also, I did the saline solution & suction a lot, & when it got really bad (with docs permission) I gave him a tiny bit of Benedryl & that REALLY helped to dry his nose up.

Josephine - posted on 09/30/2010

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As crazy as it sounds give her 1/8th of a teaspoon (in the syringes the very first little black line) it doesn't look like much but that's the perfect does for her age. Oh...of bynedral (sorry if i spelled it wrong) it loosens up the congestion and clears the nostrils. Make sure you're suctioning the mucus too.....The pediatrician told me to do this for my baby when she was around that age.

Lauren - posted on 09/30/2010

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I use the nose aspirator on my son. Works every time (though he hates it at least he can breath).

Amanda - posted on 09/30/2010

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There is really not much you can do because of the FDA's on cold medication with little children. All you can do is put a little incline on the mattress, run a steamer and clear her nose out with a aspirator. Sorry your little one is under the weather. I hope she feels better soon. Push lots of fluids.

Brittanie - posted on 09/29/2010

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if you cant use ( or afford , like me) a humidifier, you can elevate her mattress ( the mattress, not the head) and put vicks on a piece of clothing or blanket by her face. you can't put it on her skin ( unless it's baby stuff) but nearby also helps. as well, some steam in the bathroom right before she goes to bed ( but not too much, just a minute or two of fogged up bathroom). that's what i had to do, and it worked.

Claudia - posted on 09/29/2010

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I agree w/all the other moms...but b/c of personal experiance watch for cough that won't go away, weezing & labored breathing (my son started out like that). Our son was in the hospital 3x's before turning one now he is seeing a pulmonary dr for asthma (it starter out as RSV & pneumonia). You want to make sure to take her to her dr just to make sure they are aware of how she is doing & they can follow up w/u to make sure she is getting better...homeopathic remedies are really good, you can go to Market Street or Whole Foods & they can point you in the right direction (if her dr doesn't carry any at the office).

Kristen - posted on 09/29/2010

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My son did the same thing. He would wake himself up gasping for air. It scared the crap out of me! I would sit up just watching him to make sure he was ok. I tried the baby nose drops and tylenol etc. Someone told me this and I really didn't believe it but what was the harm in trying. Put just a little bit of Baby Vicks Vapor Rub on the bottom of her feet and rub it all around and put socks on. I could not believe how well it worked! He didn't cough, he could breathe. It was absolutly amazing how well it worked. Try it believe me, it works! I could finally get a good nights sleep. Even for adults! Good Luck

Rebecca - posted on 09/29/2010

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I have been told you can give really nothing to a little one that old. The only thing you can do for her is a cool mist humidifier and saline drops, the brand that is good is "Little Noises." This is what I did to help my son when he was sick last winter. I hope you little one gets better soon.

Shelly - posted on 09/28/2010

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There is a medication u can give them its called Coryzalia its a homeopathic medicine that works with sniffles, congestion and all that fun stuff. U can use it from 1month old to 6yrs old. I use this on my 2yr old and it makes the colds not last as long. A lot of my other friends who have kids highly recommend it as well. You can purchase it at Rexall drugs or Shoppers at least those are places in canada. If u have either of those places in USA or where ever you are from u can get it too. In canada its about $25.99 for 30 doses that u can give them up to 3x a day and they just 1 ml doses and they look like water and completely tasteless. Hope this helps ur little one :)

Yinni - posted on 09/28/2010

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the only thing i use is a humidifier in my sons bedroom when hes congested. warm or cool, it doesnt matter as long as you keep your babies bedroom humid enough. it should feel like a rainforest when you walk into the room. on the rare occasion, i will use some 'little noses' nose drops and then suck it out with an aspirator but again only on the rare occasion. it is very uncomfortable for him to use an aspirator and it usually aggravates his nostrils to clog up more.

Stephanie - posted on 09/28/2010

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The first and best thing to do is take her to the doctorr. Doctors can prescribe cold medicines for young ones, you can't give them anything over the counter. I see that sleeping her on an incline is on here but to be more specific a car seat is a good option for that. When mine were that small and stuffy I would bring in their car seat line it with a couple blankies and give them their bottles in in or just rock the seat with my foot till they fell asleep. They stayed clearer and actually slept while sick that way.

Sarah - posted on 09/28/2010

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try a nasal aspirator...go to dr or hospital asap, never 2nd guess with babies ...specially new ones.my daughter had a slight fever a yr ago, she was 3 mnths...took her to hospital, turned out she had a u.t.i, tg it went away and was not anything seriouse, but she had to stay in hospital for a week! all because a slight fever, what would've happened had i nt brought her in..? hospitals are usaully pretty quick with seeing babies too! good luck, poor lil baby! o ya dont overdue it on baby medicines(tempra,oval etc..) as they create problems with liver and kidneys pretty easily....:)

Annie - posted on 09/27/2010

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You can give a baby saline nose spray as many times as you want. It doesn't matter what age they are either. It's all natural.

Donna - posted on 09/25/2010

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be careful, I knoe its not winter yet but i remember when my daughter got sick at 9 month and couldnt breathe out of her nose, it turned out to be RSV. So u might wanna make a doctors appointment just to be on the safe side, other than that I dont really think much is recomended these days except for a nose plunger

Lori - posted on 09/25/2010

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"Little Noses" is a saline nasal spray for babies,childrens and even adults. It has worked wel for me and my daughter. Hope she feels better soon.

Ashley - posted on 09/25/2010

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use baby saline....squirt it in her nose n suck that & any boogies (lol) that might come with it with a bulbo syringe....i always do this along with putting a humidifier in her room & also I have a vicks plug in bc she hates having it rubbed on her n it fills up the whole room...works really well (even opens me up when im in there with her). also ive found putting a pillow under her mattress to elevate her a bit helps & u can always give some infant tylenol to help with discomfort. call her ped if the cough lasts too long tho bc u don't want the cold to settle in her chest. hope this helped a little:)

Lacie - posted on 09/25/2010

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my 2 month old son had a small cold and his doctor told me to get the little noses nasal spray and then use an aspirator to get all the boogers out and it has worked great

Heather - posted on 09/25/2010

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A humidifier and some baby's vapor rub are your best bets. They are the safest for your little one. I agree tilting the matress will help too.

Kayla - posted on 09/24/2010

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I use the vics on my baby's chest but her footsie pj's cover it up so she can't rub it....I find it's closer to her nasal passages so she seems to breath better when I do that. I wouldn't do anything that I thought my daughter could get into her mouth!!!!

Nicole - posted on 09/24/2010

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my daughter got really sick when her father came down with bronchitis just a few months backs. it landed her in the hospital and wiht a bad fever. we ended up getting the Vic's brand pediatric Plug in . that worked Wonders! because she was still in our room before we moved her crib to her own room not only did it help her but my SO as well. we were all able to sleep great! you can even use it during the day but the pads only last 8 hours and meant for use in a small room such as a bed room or maybe a small den..



at the time i also put my daughters carseat in the crib took out her adjustable head rest and then covered it with a soft blanket and let her sleep in that. which also helped.

Jessica - posted on 09/24/2010

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Baby vapor rub on her chest and under her nose and also johnson vapor bath really works and sit her in the bathroom with hot steamy shower on it will help clear up her nose and its better then giving her meds

Erika - posted on 09/24/2010

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Ok... this is like child torture but its better if baby can breathe. SAKLINE and the nasal bulb. It works. YOu get the mucous out and baby can breath. also rub baby vicks on the chest and a humidifier. NOT A DE-HUMIDFIER. It may take abit but baby will be fine. Note. if you hear a rattle/ rasp in the chest for more than 24hrs with at least 5 coughs per day. TAKE BABY IN!!!! hope it helps.

(ps) mine was in th hospital @ 7wks w/ the flu. - dadd brought it home from work- and now at 15 months we have had a little cold but no more stuffy noses with these remedies at the first sign of anything major. Hopw it helps you a bunch. Hope baby feels better.

Noel - posted on 09/24/2010

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if you are breastfeeding, put a few drops of breastmilk up each of her nostrils.however, the same is not true for formula.

Sarahjane - posted on 09/24/2010

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I bought a baby inhalation device - simple little thing from my local chemist - my 7 weeks old had a horrendous cold after her first jab and she couldn't breathe through her nose or understand she had to through her mouth and the device is placed at the entrance of your babies nostril and u suck in at other end (sounds gross) but everything up their nose gets sucked out into chamber on device, along with a plug in night vapor for night time- she was fine after 2 days - recommend it so much and very cheap :) xxxx

Janessa - posted on 09/24/2010

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My 15 month old had the same problem almost from birth, his were allergies though. It wasn't fun, the poor kid didn't sleep well at all. Especially with a pacifier which he needed to sleep. My doctor told me it was okay to give him Benadryl, but again these were for allergies, and you have to decrease the dose, by alot because the back says not to even give it to babies. It helped, I only gave it to him when he needed to sleep. My doctor said the only problems that have come from Benadryl are people overdosing. But again if yours is sick, Benadryl might not be the best idea. Hope she feels better soon.

Brittany - posted on 09/24/2010

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My little man went through something similar. The best thing for it is saline spray. Also, just keep using the nasal asperator. For us, I had to hold him in a recliner at night so he could breathe. I hope she feels better!

Lizzie - posted on 09/24/2010

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use a saline nasal spray u gan get it from the age of birth so it wount harm her i used it on my son when he was 5 days old coz he had a cold all u need 2 do it 1 spay each nostral about evary 3-4 hrs or when needed hope it helps n she feels better

Bec - posted on 09/24/2010

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You can use Little Noses Saline Spray/Drops and a nasal aspirator (little bulb nose sucker thing=) It helps a bunch! My son's doc recommended that to me when my son was 2 months old and now I use it with my daughter also. A trip to the doc might be a good idea too, if you are too worried about it. My 5 month old just had this stuffy problem and I know it's no fun!

Christina - posted on 09/24/2010

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my son had gotten pretty sick when he was about 6 months old. his nose had gotten really stuffed up and he couldn't breathe through it so it made it impossible for him to take his bottle. he literally didn't eat anything for two whole days and started losing weight. I eventually was able to feed him using those bulb syringes for medicine. after that we learned that if we constantly gave him the saline drops in his nose and used the nasal aspirator to clean it out he was able to breathe much better. it was a huge challenge because he hated both of those things, and my boyfriend would even have to hold him down while i did it because he would fight me. but after about 1-2 full days of this he was able to breathe through his nose again. you can also try the vicks vapobath and the vicks baby rub. i just put the baby rub on his feet and chest and it seems to help a lot.

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Use Honey. When my son was sick I wasn't sure what to do. All the medicine bottles were for older children and said to consult a doctor. After talking with my grandmother I tried her method. Add a tbsp of honey to her drinks. I didn't think it would work, it's just honey. To my surprise, my child was feeling better within two days. I didn't have to medicate her and was able to save money. I was a very happy mom.

Amanda - posted on 09/24/2010

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(my opinion but food for thought). i used vic's baby rub on the back and feet but never on the chest where they can touch and put fingers into there mouth. humidifier and pillow under the mattress. made sure they have plenty of fluids that they are drinking at the time (breast or bottle) and lots of time and patients. saline for the nose i'm sure works great i never used it.

Kayla - posted on 09/24/2010

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My daughter has a cold right now too. I run a cold mist humidifier, a vicks nighlight , the vicks babyrub, I use saline drops and then clear it out with a nasal aspirator, and boogie wipes to help clear up the dried snot (it's soft and prevents that area from being irritated from being cleaned with tissue all the time), and I run the shower for a few minutes with the bathroom door closed, the steam helps clear up the congestion. I tried propping up her crib mattress with a pillow underneath it but my daughter moves around too much so I let her sleep in her swing or car seat because it's more elevated and holds her in place.

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