What's good to relieve a very stuffy nose?

Cesilia - posted on 11/29/2009 ( 10 moms have responded )




My11-month old baby's nose is so congested, it is hard for him to nurse, drink, or eat AND still breath. Any suggestions for relieving that stuffy, runny little nose??


Lisa - posted on 12/16/2009




my 1 year old has suffered a blocked nose for several days now and he is finding it hard to sleep, i bought him a olbus vaporiser for his room, i left it on for an hour when he went to bed then i turned it off, he had a great nights sleep you could still smell the vapour in his room in the morning. i checked at the chemist and these are safe to use from 3 months

Jessica - posted on 12/07/2009




Since you're still nursing (awesome!) there's something really easy. It's a little out there depending on your parenting style, but when my little guy gets in the same situation my dr suggested a few drops of breastmilk in each nostril. Now, I know it sounds a little weird, my husband thought we were crazy, but my dr is super old school and not so quick to pump kids full of meds (yay) and... it WORKS! Almost instantly he was able to breathe better and eat. Add a humidifier in the bedroom and a pillow under his head and sleep actually becomes attainable, if even for just a few hrs at a time. Hope to have helped;)

Anita - posted on 11/30/2009




When Mia was younger she got that common winter cold and I used a vaporiser, worked like a charm and I know it may sound wrong but a little Eukey bear on the nose to help.

Nicole - posted on 11/29/2009




You can try some saline spray and running a humidifier in his room at night and rubbing a little baby vaporub on his chest after his bath. That's what I do when my son's nose is stuffy. As for eating and drinking, try feeding him in the bathroom with the door closed and the shower on hot, the steam will help open his nose too.


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Sabrina - posted on 12/02/2009




I found that Johnson Vapor Bath works wonders! My son was sick with a fever and I had tried everything to clear his nose and his cough. He is almost 1 now and since he is so young there isn't much we can do. I was walking down the baby isle and saw it. I thought I would give it a try.

I thought I had a different baby! Before the bath he was so drained and you could see on his face he didnt feel good. After the bath he was happy and smiling and laughing. I highly recommend it! Hope he gets well soon!

Kristina - posted on 12/02/2009




It is always a good idea to use saline and a nasal aspirator, whether it is battery operated or manual. Just use it immediately before feeding and in between as needed. The saline will help break it up and make it easier to suck out the crud.

Debbi - posted on 12/01/2009




The saline and aspirator works great. You just can't do it too often (every 4 or 5 hours maybe), because you can irritate the nasal passages and make it worse. I hope he's feeling better!

Julie - posted on 11/30/2009




The automatic nasal aspirators are awesome! I got mine at Walgreens. It is really worth the price ($20)! It keeps you from having to suck it out with a manual one so much. And squirt saline in there first. My daughter had the worst stuffy nose and that was the only thing that would help.

Shalom - posted on 11/29/2009




When my girlie was all blocked up, i ran the shower on HOT for a few minutes then turned it off and we played in the bathroom for as long as she was willing. I also used a nasal aspirator- it was really gross and she HATED it, but it really sucked out a lot of gunk.

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