Infant Nasal Congestion - 4 Ways to Help Your Baby Breathe Easier

Published: 14th May 2010
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It's hard to watch your infant when he's finding it hard to breathe through his nose because of nasal congestion. If congestion ever appears life threatening, call 911 immediately, and for chronic and severe cases of congestion we recommend consulting your child's pediatrician.
The following suggestions will help with milder cases of nasal congestion. These 4 suggestions are non-invasive and may in fact effectively ease your infant's nasal congestion.

Mommy or Daddy Induced Nose Blowing-Congestion in your baby's nose is the result of mucus collecting in nasal passages because of a cold, the body's reaction to asthma or allergy irritants, or even a sinus infection. A bulb syringe can be your best friend when faced with nasal congestion. Spraying a saline solution up each nostril and suctioning will ease the discomfort blocked nasal passages can cause.

If you find this works, repeat the procedure when and if congestion reoccurs. Mucus that is anything other than clean in color indicates infection. It's time to get the pediatrician involved once that happens.

Organic Bedding and Clothes-Sometimes congestion is caused by a reaction to chemicals or man-made fibers in clothes, bedding, carpeting and rugs that are in the nursery, and that your baby is exposed to constantly.

This irritation may present as a runny nose, and sometimes congestion. Using organic products such as mattresses, sheets, and clothes may also make it easier for your infant to breathe.

Wood Floors-If your baby seems to become more congested when playing on a carpeted floor, he could possibly be sensitive to mold and mildew spores or other chemicals used in the carpet manufacturing process.

Carpet is notorious for providing a great home for mold and mildew spores as well as other contaminants that can easily be sent airborne (dust, dust mites to name a few), and removing carpet and opting for wood or laminate flooring may go a long way toward helping ease a stuffy nose.

Use an Air Purifier to Filter the Air-Regardless of how much you clean, and how many precautions you take, there are always going to be pollutants that come into your home. The only way to effectively minimize them, and reduce the mucus that may be produced as a reaction to them, is to use a high efficiency particle arresting (HEPA) air purifier to remove them as constantly as they are generated.
Household dust, dust mites, mold and mildew spores, pet dander, bacteria and viruses are contaminants that your baby's immune system is not yet mature enough to handle. Removing them by cleaning the air is proactive yet non-invasive way to help your infant breathe, not just easier, but healthier.


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