Blocked nose

Barb - posted on 12/04/2009 ( 14 moms have responded )

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My 4 month old son has a blocked nose. I have tried putting saline drops in his nose, but he hates me doing it and cries so much. Is there a trick to using the drops, or does anyone have any other suggestions of what I could try to help him. By morning, he is so blocked up that he finds it hard to feed. Thank you

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April - posted on 12/04/2009

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my son's nose always becomes unblocked in the bath! i pour water on his little head and the boogies come right out...not too much water though. but he is much older than your son and can sit up, so i guess this trick will help you later but not now....

Savannah - posted on 12/04/2009

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We actually got this totally awesome battery powered sucker from a baby magazine. I sucks constantly and it has very soft rubber tip that you can take off to clean. It also plays soothing music that helps to distract babies. I use it with all three of my kids and not only does it work better than the nose bulb (because it doesn't stop sucking) it is faster and they don't hate it as much. I believe we ordered it from The First Years or something like that and it was 20 dollars. It has more than paid for itself by now. I love it!

Natasha - posted on 12/04/2009

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Saline drops works like a charm! One just has to be fast....they must not see you opening the bottle otherwise tickets then I take earbud and remove the booger....I put vicks on my kids chest everynight it also opens the airways. When bathing baby run the shower create steam....it is amazing what comes out of that little nose...and that with no drops or meds.



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One of my daughter's nostrils got completely blocked with dried snot (sorry that's nasty, but true). So when she went to sleep I put a little vaseline on it with a q-tip. Waited a few minutes for it to loosen it up then wiped it away with a warm wet wash cloth.

Tosha - posted on 12/04/2009

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My daughter had the same problem when she was little.
Have you tried propping up his mattress slightly on the side his head is on? Also the baby Vicks is great. You just spread a little on their chest and back before bed. The steam trick is also a good one. Turn on the shower nice and hot and then take him into the bathroom once it's nice and steamy. That should loosen the snot up enough that you can get it out with one of those nose sucker things or a q-tip. Most importantly is to be patient. Remember that just because you are doing something that makes your baby cry doesn't make you a bad mommy. You know what's good for him even if he doesn't. He won't hold a grudge because you held him down and put drops in his nose. Hope this helps.
P.S. I found the nose sucker they gave me at the hospital was too big for my daughter's nose. They sell smaller ones in the store and with that, she was much less fussy.

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Casey - posted on 12/20/2009

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he could have what my son has. its called a cohenal altresia ask you dr can be serious!

Savannah - posted on 12/04/2009

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ps. the drops are the best way to loosen it, I think. Vicks helps a lot as well.

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When my baby fell and we weren't sure if he "broke" his nose the doctor told me to put a couple of drops of Afrin spray up his nose to help keep it open due to potential swelling. That may help, but I would probably call your doctor or doctor's nurse to make sure if it's okay to give to a 4 month old. I also use a saline spray that I found in the baby isle. It sprays a stream of saline up the nose so I think it helps to get all that gunk out. Before I discovered that, I would use a warm salt water solution (sea salt) and use a dropper to drop a bunch of it down his nose and suction it out with a bulb syringe. That got a lot of gunk out. You should do it every time you breastfeed. The child may not like it, but it's what you need to do. Good luck!

Ma. Nympha - posted on 12/04/2009

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clipped a cotton ball with medicated methol on his chest or near the shoulder it will help him breath more easily, that's what i did when my son has a blocked nose because of colds..

Jessica - posted on 12/04/2009

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a humidifier may help ease the blockage durring the night so its not so bad in the morning. the shower thing will help also for a quicker fix. i would run the hot water in the sink and hold my son as close to the steam as i could while doing my "morning ritual"(brushing teeth brushing my hair ect.). used less water and worked pretty well also.

Alarna - posted on 12/04/2009

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r u using normal saline drops or the special squirter for babies? my little 1 had the same prob but thhe baby squiter worked fine + the bulb.

Geralyn - posted on 12/04/2009

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Oh, I know, that's the worst! They get so frustrated trying to nurse. I have had success with Miranda's recommendations. Cute little guy! Feel better...

Miranda - posted on 12/04/2009

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We just used the good old nose bulb! My son still hates it and cries and tries to push it away when we have to use it on him, but we are able to clear him out with it. I would try running the shower and steam up your bathroom, and then take your child in there and just sit for a bit to loosen the gunk up, and then try and suction it out. He may not like having something put up his nose, but sometimes you have to do what you have to do! Good luck! :)

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