During infancy, stuffy nose is the most common problem. Usually, stuffy nose in infants is not a serious condition and it is not caused by allergies or infection. However, due to nasal congestion the baby finds it difficult to nurse, breathe and sleep, and that makes her more irritable than the complain itself. Parents should not get disturbed as there are many options available to treat and prevent dry stuffy nose of their baby.
Before elaborating further it is important to understand, why dry stuffy nose develops in infants in the first place.
Causes Of Stuffy Nose In Infants
The baby is too small so is her nasal passage. Even small amount of mucus collection in her nasal cavity can cause lot of noise and discomfort while breathing. Additionally the delicate internal lining of the nose is very sensitive to atmospheric and environmental changes. Especially in winter, the heat in the baby’s room can dry the nasal passages. A comforting temperature of 65 to 70 degree Fahrenheit is enough for your baby’s health if she has been completely covered with warm clothing.
Avoid using strong perfumes and irritants in the house as it can affect the delicate nasal passage of the baby. Avoid using air fresheners, perfumes, incense candles etc. in your house as it can cause swelling and congestion of the nose. Another most important cause that is preventable is cigarette smoke. Avoid smoking in your house as it will definitely affect the nasal passage of the infant, and aggravate the production of mucus blocking the air passages. Excessive use of nasal decongestant drops can make the symptoms worse if it is used for a long period.
Besides atmospheric changes and environmental conditions, infant’s stuffy nose can develop due to upper respiratory infection. As the sinuses are not well developed in infants, it is not possible to be a reason for nose blockage in infants.
When you find the condition is becoming chronic, most often the reason is obstruction caused due to adenoids. These lymphoid tissues are situated at the entrance of the nasopharynx, just adjacent to the tonsils. They may get enlarged and inflamed due to upper respiratory infection, blocking the nasal passage and free flow of mucus in the infant’s nose.
Home Remedies For Stuffy Nose In Babies
In most cases, the condition is not alarming if the infant is able to feed properly.
Few tips of home remedies can help the infant to get relief from his stuffy nose;
- Place a bowl of warm water in the infant’s room. It raises the atmospheric moisture. This may liquefy the thick nasal mucus. Set the thermostat 60 to 70 degrees Fahrenheit or lower than that during winter, as more heat will dry the air and result into dryness of infant nasal passage.
- Do not smoke in the house; avoid lighting incense candles and sticks, air fresheners and perfumes in your house.
- If the baby finds difficulty in feeding, try to give frequent and small feeds.
- If the above method fails, you can safely use normal saline solution as nasal drops. They are the safest nasal drops. Saline nasal drops are available at the pharmacy. All you have to do is gently tilt the infants head backward and put one or two drops of nasal saline drops in each nostril. It will help to loosen the mucus. Do not use medicated nasal drops as it can harm the delicate nasal lining of the infant.
However, if there is fever, greenish or yellowish mucus, difficulty in feeding, extreme fussiness and irritability due to nasal blockage, your child should be examined by a pediatrician.