I wonder if anyone can help me with remedies for a very congested baby?
My baby boy just turned 7 months and is getting over the flu and cold. His nose is still stuffed and runny, and he’s got chest congestion badly.
I’ve been to doctors and they seem to keep giving me cold type medicine, but I don’t think he needs it anymore. I just want to help his congestion, so that he sleeps and eats better.
What can I do?
How To Help A Congested Baby
How long can congestion last?
Just as you have noticed, congestion often lasts long after the actual flu or cold is over.
It usually takes up to two weeks for the congestion to go completely away after a bad cold. Your baby may cough and wheeze some until all the congestion is gone. He should be fine, just keep an eye on his temperature.
If he starts to run a fever you need to take him back to your pediatrician. If he has rapid breathing more than 70 times per minute or you notice he is using all his chest muscles to breathe then he needs to be checked again.
6 Home Remedies for a Very Congested Baby
It is tough to have a very congested baby. Just like with adults, the congestion makes it difficult for them to sleep and eat.
Here are some home remedies to help your congested baby:
1. Hot Shower and Steam
Run a hot shower and sit in the bathroom and let him breathe in the steam. This helps with congestion.
2. Saline Drops
When he has a stopped up nose, you may want to use saline nose drops.
You can make saline drops by adding ½ teaspoon of table salt to 2 cups of boiled water.
After the solution has come to room temperature, put one drop in each nostril then suck with the 1-ounce rubber syringe (suction bulb).
Do this before each feeding and at bedtime. This will make it easier for the child to breathe.
3. Breastmilk Drops
If you still breastfeed, you can use breastmilk drops too. Use breastmilk the same way as you would saline drops. Breastmilk is very efficient in reducing congestion in babies.
4. Elevate the Head End of Baby’s Bed
You can try to help your baby breathe better at night by elevating the head end of his crib a bit.
Don’t do it by placing him on a pillow, though, since he could fall under it during the night. (Even if the risk of sudden infant death syndrome is quite low for a 7-month-old, it is a very unnecessary risk to take.)
Instead either put a pillow under the mattress or use something very stable beneath the bed’s legs.
5. A Warm Bath
A warm bath in a bathroom with warm, humid air can also help congestion and make it easier for your baby to sleep.
This can, of course, be a lot more fun for both you and your baby than just sitting in the bathroom with the shower running.
6. A Warm Vapor Humidifier
Finally, putting a warm vapor humidifier into your baby’s room may also be a good idea, as it will help decongest his nose and will make his sleep healthier.
I would start it maybe 30 minutes before putting your baby to sleep, to get the humidity up.
Just do not use any essential oils with it, because some of those may be dangerous for the newborns or cause an allergy.
I hope he feels better soon.
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