For newborns/infants, use saline drops to move the mucus to the front of the nose, making it easier to remove with an aspirator. Daily use of saline drops will help keep nasal passages clean and moisturized. Avoid putting cotton swabs, twisted tissues or your fingernail inside your baby’s nose.
Is saline nasal rinse safe for babies?
Because saline rinse is safe and effective, you don’t have to wait for baby to get a full-blown cold to use it. As soon as your baby starts exhibiting symptoms of a stuffy nose or what you might consider a “head cold,” you can start using saline immediately to help clear nasal passages and help baby breathe easier.
Can a baby suffocate from a stuffy nose?
A baby’s nose, unlike an adult’s, doesn’t have cartilage. So when that nose is pressed against an object, like a stuffed animal, couch cushions or even a parent’s arm while sleeping in bed, it can flatten easily. With the opening to its nostrils blocked, the baby can’t breathe and suffocates.
When should I worry about my baby’s congestion?
If your child’s stuffiness is accompanied by a fever, ear pain, a sore throat and/or swollen glands, or you suspect there is a foreign object stuck in her nose, call your pediatrician right away.
How do you clean a newborn’s tongue?
To clean your baby’s tongue and gums correctly, you should:
- Make a habit of cleaning after feeding.
- Gently cradle your baby in one arm during the cleaning.
- Use a damp gauze or washcloth, or a silicone baby tongue cleaner.
- Gently massage their gums, tongue, and inner cheeks.
How often should I clean my baby’s nose?
Medical experts agree that you shouldn’t use it more than three to four times per day to prevent creating inflammation or nosebleeds from irritation. If your baby hates this process and cries or fights it, you’re better off skipping this method, or at least waiting and trying another time.