How do you decongest a baby?

If your baby has nasal congestion, use a saline spray or saline drops to moisten each nostril, and then use a bulb syringe to gently suction out the mucus. Do this every few hours to help alleviate her discomfort, and especially 15 to 20 minutes before a feeding and bedtime.

How can I decongest my baby naturally?

Top 10 natural therapies for babies with congested nasal airways
  1. Allowing a baby to cry.
  2. Decongesting using an onion.
  3. Letting your baby breathe in steam.
  4. Breastfeeding.
  5. Using eucalyptus oil.
  6. Elevating your baby's head when they are sleeping.
  7. Using a saline water solution.

How do I get mucus out of my baby's chest?

Wipe away extra mucus with a soft cloth or a tissue. Use a sterilized rubber bulb to gently suction out extra mucus (more on this below). Use a saline spray to help loosen dried snot and clear it out of the nostrils. Use a cool-mist humidifier in baby's room to keep the air moist.

When should I worry about my baby's congestion?

Concerning Baby Congestion Symptoms

Your baby has a temperature of 100 degrees for more than three days. Your baby is experiencing ear or sinus pain. There is yellow eye discharge. There is a cough that lasts for more than one week.

What position should a congested baby sleep in?

Keep Theirs Heads Upright

The best default position for your baby to be in when they have a cold is upright. This helps for congestion to clear and for breathing to become easier. And, most importantly, it helps them get that vital rest they need so much.

How to Treat Nasal Congestion in Babies?

How long do babies stay congested for?

If your baby has a cold with no complications, it should resolve within 10 to 14 days. Most colds are simply a nuisance. But it's important to take your baby's signs and symptoms seriously. If symptoms don't improve or if they worsen, it's time to talk to your doctor.

How can I help my baby with congestion at night?

Run a humidifier in your baby's room while they sleep to help loosen mucus. Cool mist is safest because there aren't any hot parts on the machine. If you don't have a humidifier, run a hot shower and sit in the steamy bathroom for a few minutes multiple times per day.

What does a congested baby sound like?

"The sound that a congested child makes is stertor," Walsh says. "It's almost like a snoring sound that indicates congestion in the mouth and nose." Stertor can happen with a common cold. It can also indicate adenoid enlargement from allergies or flu.

Can babies breathe through their mouth when congested?

Like adults, babies can breathe through their mouths if they're stuffed up, but a congested baby is a miserable baby. Even once babies sleep through the night, an annoying cold can have them waking up constantly. To help relieve congestion, use a small spritz of an over-the-counter saline spray to lubricate the nose.

How do I get my baby to cough up mucus?

Huffing involves taking a deep breath and then breathing out forcefully, saying "huff." Your child will do this 2 or 3 times before he or she coughs. If huffing is done well, you can actually hear the mucus moving upwards. Your child will spit out the mucus that comes up.

Can I use Vicks on my baby?

If your baby is under the age of 2, you should never apply Vicks to their chest, nose, feet, or elsewhere. You could try special nonmedicated rub for babies 3 months and older. The blend is dubbed as a “soothing ointment” that contains fragrances of eucalyptus, rosemary, and lavender.

Why is baby congestion worse at night?

Children and infants have narrower nasal passageways than adults, making them more susceptible to nighttime congestion caused by inflammation or excess mucus. Very young children and especially infants, who mostly breathe through their nose, cannot blow their noses as adults can.

Should I take my baby to the doctor for congestion?

Call your family physician, pediatrician, or an ear, nose, and throat doctor about your child's congestion if: Your baby is younger than 2 months old, is congested, and has a fever. Your baby's congestion (or runny nose) is interfering with his or her ability to nurse, or your baby seems to be having trouble breathing.

Can congestion hurt a baby?

Baby congestion is usually harmless, but it can sometimes be uncomfortable, causing a stuffy nose and noisy or rapid breathing. Babies may experience congestion in their nose (called nasal congestion), or it may sound as though the congestion is in their chest.

Does a pacifier help with congestion?

The theory is that the pacifier prevents the upper airway from getting blocked by the tongue. Some experts believe that they push any bedding away from the baby's nose, thereby helping them breathe, or that they can calm agitated babies and prevent them from struggling in the crib and getting under the bedding.

Where is the best place to rub Vicks on a baby?

Parents or caregivers can apply Vicks BabyRub directly to a child's neck, upper back, and chest, but should avoid putting it anywhere on the face. A person may wish to cover the treated area with a warm cloth. Otherwise, clothing over the skin should be loose and allow for airflow.

Why put Vicks on your feet?

Using Vicks VapoRub on your feet or other areas of your body has a cooling effect. This is mainly because of the camphor and menthol. The cooling sensation of the vapor rub may be pleasing and temporarily help you feel better. But it doesn't actually reduce body temperature or fevers.

Why does putting Vicks on your feet stop coughing?

"It doesn't actually open up airways or break up mucous, but the menthol does trick your brain into thinking your airways are opening up and you're not so congested."

What helps a child's cough at night?

9 Cough Remedies to Stop Your Child Coughing at Night
  1. Keep their head elevated. ...
  2. Drink lots of fluids. ...
  3. Use a nasal spray or saline solution. ...
  4. Take lozenges to soothe the throat. ...
  5. Massage with Vicks. ...
  6. Try a cough syrup. ...
  7. Steam up the bathroom. ...
  8. Use a humidifier.

What part of foot helps a cough?

The tonsil/throat reflexology points are located on TOP of your toe. There are actually four points, two located side by side on top of each big toe, just below the toe knuckle.

Where do you put VapoRub for a stuffy nose?

In adults and children age 2 and older, use it only on the neck and chest.

Can I use Vicks BabyRub on a 2 month old?

Vicks VapoRub should only be used on children ages two years and up. Vicks BabyRub may be used on babies three months and up. Gently massage on the chest, neck, and back to help soothe and comfort your baby.

Does baby Vicks help with cough?

Apply VapoRub topically to the chest or neck for cough relief that starts working instantly. VapoRub Children's can be used on all children ages 2 and older to provide safe and effective cough relief so they can sleep. Remember to use as directed and always keep out of your child's reach.

What do you put on your feet to get rid of a cold?

According to the folk remedy, if you come down with a cold or the flu, all you have to do is slice a red or white onion into rounds, place them on the bottoms of your feet, and put on a pair of socks. Leave the socks on overnight as you sleep. In the morning, you'll wake up cured of your illness.

What to do with a sick baby?

By far the best way to soothe your sick baby is to give them lots of love and attention. Hold them and engage in quiet play, give them an infant massage, or read and sing to them. If you are breastfeeding, they may want to nurse more, which will reassure and comfort them.