Really Stuffy Nose!

Tiffany - posted on 04/06/2010 ( 25 moms have responded )

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My 5 month old has an incredibly stuffy/runny nose. I've been using the nasal aspirator, but at night she can't breath very well! Does anyone know of any ideas to calm this stuffy nose, mainly at night? I've heard of the vicks rub on their feet, but I don't know if it'll work for a stuffy nose or on a child so young!



Thanks for any comments, I'm open to anything right now!!

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Lollette - posted on 04/12/2010

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Hi Tiffany! Vicks definitely works! My father used to tell us when we were very young to put Vicks on the soles of our feet and wear socks...and this was in the '50s!
With our 5 month old baby, I'm doing exactly what my dad used to do with us plus I also put a little Vicks on the soft part of her head ( she doesn't have a lot of hair) and keep the air in the room moist with a humidifier.

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Jamie - posted on 04/14/2010

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I use Baby Rub by Little Remedies b/c it's all natural. It works great for my 5 month old son. I use it on him in the morning, afternoon and right before bed. I also use the Little Noses stuff by Little Remedies. It is a saline solution and has the aspirator with it.

Elizabeth - posted on 04/14/2010

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yes and a pillow/ rolled up towel under his crib to elevate his head works wonders!

Elizabeth - posted on 04/14/2010

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as long as it is not affecting her eating then there is no concern to worry. you can put a cool mist humidifier in her room and prior to bed use saline solution and the aspirator in that order. additionally, you can open her window a crack to allow some fresh air in - this will also aid in any cough that she may have. Good luck!

Kimberly - posted on 04/14/2010

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I was told that vicks is not safe for babies. My little guy has been sick for some time and what has worked for me was a pillow under the crib mattress, he is still stuffy but it doesnt collect in his throat the same way. Hope that helps :)

Toni - posted on 04/14/2010

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Have you tried a humidifier in the room at night? That's the only thing that helps my daughter to keep from getting stuffy at night. They have cold air humidifiers. I love mine!

Luschka - posted on 04/14/2010

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Breastmilk in the nose, if you're still breastfeeding, or find someone who is. It's the most amazing thing for stuffy noses. My LO couldn't breath for all the snot, and breastmilk in a syringe up the nose cleared her within 10 minutes and we've had no problems since.

Jennifer - posted on 04/13/2010

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My baby is having the same issues, but also stuffy during the day, and sneezing and rubbing his eyes, so pretty sure it is allergies. My MD told me to try Zyrtec 1.5ml once a day, I just gave him the first dose tonight, we'll see how he feels in the morning! I've already tried the cool mist and the bulb aspirator, when he was only stuffed up first thing in the morning, and it was working, but now he is more congested, almost sinus-y so we're trying Zyrtec to see if he can get any relief. Hope your little one feels better soon!

Melissa - posted on 04/11/2010

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We use Ocean Spray or Little Noses Saline Spray. It helps dry it up a little more and I also put Baby Vicks Vaporub (not as harsh smelling) on their chest and back before bed.

Jennifer - posted on 04/11/2010

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We've got the same problem going on. My daughter is 5 months, and she's been so stuffed up she can barely breathe at night for about 3 weeks now. I took her to the doc, and she said could be a cold or allergies. She's leaning more towards allergies since it's worse at night, she's got the purple rings under her eyes, and it all started at the same time as my seasonal allergies kicked in and the pollen hit.

We've tried everything, drops, aspirator, humidifier, rocking her for hours in the bathroom with the shower set to super hot and the shower head on mist...nothing has been working. The doc told us not to use Vicks until she's 6 months old. My mom told me to put a couple drops of breast milk in each nostril before using the aspirator, and that worked! I've been pumping a small amount and dropping it in her nose before she goes to bed, and now she's sleeping peacefully again.

I agree with Andrea. It's worked amazingly well.

Shari - posted on 04/11/2010

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I have trie dall of the things everyone has mentioned above and honestly nothing has worked..I even took my daughter to the hospital last monday, they said it was just a cold, and now it is sunday and she isn't any better! My husband and I have been taking turns sleeping with her on the couch holding her upright as that seems to be the only way she can really breath. Good luck to you though and hopefully your little one is feeling better soon........=)

Dhanashree - posted on 04/10/2010

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I tried putting a bowl of steaming water in the room next to her crib and it helped. The saline drops also work well. Try using the aspirator about 20-30 mins after using the drops, should help.
good luck!

Katey - posted on 04/10/2010

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Hey there! I purchased the Hydrasense aspirator....it's absolutely amazing...i clean out my litle guys nose before i go to bed while he's sleeping. It's like 20$ but soooooooo worth it. That's what i buy everyone as shower gifts...nobody got it for me ...and i went through 2 colds before discoring it. I had 2 other aspirators...with the bulbs..and they were non effective. I also use Johnson Vapo-Bath before bed and Vicks vaporub for babies on his pyjama and chest.

Monica - posted on 04/08/2010

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I am a mother of 3. When my daughter had a stuffy nose we would run the vaporizer with only water in it and sometimes a humidifier if it semed to dry in the room she was in. Saline drops are also good to use and the syringe to keep the nose open. For her to sleep better at night we let her sleep in her bouncer or swing so she was upright. Hope the lil one starts feeling better soon :)

Jennifer - posted on 04/08/2010

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Have you tried a humidifier in the room where your baby sleeps? If she is bottle fed, she might be reacting to the dairy in it; if she is breast fed, it might be the dairy or some other food in your diet. (dairy and wheat are the most common triggers for congestion). Is this a chronic thing or new? If it's new it could be a cold.

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This may sound odd,but if you are breastfeeding put a drop of breastmilk in each nostril. It works amazingly fast. Also works for pink eye.
If you aren't breastfeeding saline is a good option.

Michelle - posted on 04/07/2010

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Get a cool mist humidifier and run it all night. The Crane brand are good ones 'cause they are quiet and they come in cute animal styles. The penguin works well.
Also, if you haven't, prop one side of the matteress with some blankets to raise his head a bit while he's sleeping so he's no lying completely flat. This seemed to help as well. Good luck. I know how hard it can be at night when they wake up so often.

Sharon - posted on 04/07/2010

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We use a humidifier in our little guys room and he's breathing so clearly now. Noticed the change after the first night and his nose was well & truely blocked.

Crystal - posted on 04/07/2010

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My lil man is the same! We aren't sure if it's allergies, a cold or possibly a sign of teeth as I've heard. We use Vicks on his feet & a humidifier in his room. It doesn't seem to me that we've had much success with trying these things. I usually get up in the early am to clean out his nose & he goes right back to sleep. I've heard the saline sprays work. Good luck!

Heidi - posted on 04/07/2010

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my bub is the same at the moment, he went from sleeping 10/11 hours straight every night to waking several times every night cause he can't breathe. We have been using the saline spray and aspirator with no real success. All of my parents generation keep telling me it is a sign his teeth are on the move...

Tamna - posted on 04/07/2010

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Hi, I also use the saline drops with an aspirator but I also use a mix of essential oils that a chemist friend made up for me its lavendar based but if you wanted I could find out exactly what is in it. I'm not really into all the homeopathic stuff but this stuff works a treat a few drops on the sheet and she wakes up clear.

Elana - posted on 04/06/2010

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I've used a homeopathic remedy for colds that is made for stuffy noses. Along with saline nasal drops at night it seems to do the trick.

Tiffany - posted on 04/06/2010

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I didn't know they made Vicks for babies...I'll have to look for it!! Thanks Leigh!!

Leigh - posted on 04/06/2010

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Have you tried Nasal Spray?? They have stuff like Dristan for Babies it's called

Saline(sp) Solution ( it's just salt water). It worked for my daughter when she had a cold cleared the crusties right up! Also they do make Vicks VapoRub for Babies! I put it right on her chest and back, it also worked!! Good Luck. Hope I helped!

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