Stuffed-Up Nose Making Your Infant Cry?

July 20, 2012 · Posted in Family · Comment 

When your infant cries, sometimes it’s difficult to figure out the reason. But one reason your young baby might experience discomfort is because of a stuffy nose. If he or she has a cold, is getting over a cold, or if their cry has a clogged-up or stuffy sound to it, then clearing his or her nose might provide relief, make it easier to breathe, and make baby stop crying. This might be tricky, however, since you have to be very gentle and you can’t tell your infant to “blow” into a Kleenex. Most hospitals give parents a rubber bulb syringe when they send them home, but for new parents, using it can be intimidating.

Here is a basic overview of how to clear your baby’s nose. First, use nasal saline solution. Often this does the trick alone. Place your little one on his back and tilt his chin up a little. Squirt the container of saline spray once or twice straight into each nostril. For this to work best, the child needs to keep his head motionless, so carefully, if you’re able to, keep his head motionless for around 10-seconds.

Be sure to clean the saline solution container off properly after you use it. You can even use an eyedropper and selfmade saline solution. (1/4 tsp of salt dissolved in 8 ounces of warm, sanitized water; fresh solution should be made each day, as needed.)

Wait a minute or two and, in case your baby still appears stuffy, proceed to the rubber bulb syringe. First, squeeze all the air out of the bulb before gently placing the tip of the syringe up one nostril. Release the bulb, but do this slowly – this will create a suction effect. Take away the syringe from the baby’s nose, then press it hard and quickly into a paper tissue. It will get any mucus out from the syringe. Right after wiping the syringe off, use the very same procedure for the other nostril.

Removing the mucus could help your crying baby get more comfy – and stop the crying. If he still appears stuffy after five or ten minutes, use the rubber bulb syringe again.

Remember, that the inside of a baby’s nose is extremely delicate. For this reason, be slow and delicate while using the rubber bulb, avoiding doing it more than three times in one day. Saline drops can also be an irritant, so they shouldn’t be used more than a few days in a row or they could cause dryness and damage. If the little one appears to have a constant, constantly stuffy nose with no clear cause (like irritants or a cold), it will be smart to speak with your family doctor. And if your child’s nose is now clear but she is still crying, simply remain calm and search for other reasons.

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