My 11 month baby gets a very stuffy nose at night and I have the vaporizer. But he sometimes wakes up at night and I try everything to find out why he’s crying and I can see that his nostrils are full of bugars. I tried clearing it out for him, usually it’s a struggle with him but one side of the nose started bleeding. I don’t know what to do if his nose is blocked. I don’t want to cause more bleeding.
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Tips To Avoid Baby Nose Bleeds From Cleaning It
Aww, poor little man – I’m sorry to hear that his stuffy nose is making him so miserable. I can completely understand that you want to avoid damaging the delicate skin inside his nose, but at the same time you feel that you need to do something to help him.
Have you tried giving him a bath just before bed – or even just sitting him next to a hot running shower (on your lap, of course)? The steam may help clear his nose even more effectively than the vaporizer is doing. I also find that a little warm, homemade chicken broth given via a bottle is a wonderful and natural remedy for stuffiness.
Failing that, a good option for cleaning his nose would be to first squeeze a little saline solution into his nostrils (please check with your doctor before doing this). This helps soften the contents of his nose, making it much easier to clean (it may also make him sneeze, which may dislodge the blockage and solve the problem for you altogether). You can find a recipe for homemade saline solution here.
I do hope this helps – and that you both get a good night’s sleep soon.
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