Solutions for Your Newborn’s Stuffy Nose
When you have a baby, there are many sounds you can’t get enough of like those adorable
squeaks, coos, and grunts. But if your baby has a stuffy nose and sounds like he or
she is having trouble breathing, it can make even the most experienced parent worry.
Fortunately, there are a variety of steps you can take to help clear up your baby’s
congestion so you can all breathe easy again.
Nose Drops and Suction
Squeeze one to two drops of saline nose drops in each nostril to help loosen up any
dried mucus and then use a rubber suction bulb. To use it, first squeeze the bulb.
Next, gently stick the tip of the bulb into a nostril. Finally, slowly release the
bulb and it will pull out clogged mucus. Repeat on the other nostril. You may want
to use saline nose drops before each feeding to help your baby breathe more easily
Raise the Humidity
Adding moisture to the air can keep mucus from drying up inside your baby’s nose.
One way to add humidity is with a humidifier. Set up a cool-mist humidifier in your
baby’s room near the crib, but out of the baby’s reach. Regularly clean and dry it
to keep bacteria or mold from growing inside. You could also try running a warm shower
and sitting in the bathroom with your baby while he or she breathes in the warm, misty
Wipe It Away
Use a wet cotton swab to wipe away sticky mucus that may be blocking your baby’s nostrils.
When to Call the Doctor
If you have any concerns about your baby’s congestion or he or she has any other signs
of illness, such as a fever or cough, contact your pediatrician. Sometimes it can
be difficult to tell when a newborn is sick. A simple cold can become something more
serious such as croup or pneumonia. If your baby is struggling to breathe or seems
to be breathing rapidly, contact your pediatrician right away.