KIDS & BABIES
WAYS TO UNBLOCK YOUR BABY’S NOSE
There’s nearly nothing more heart-breaking for you as a mum or dad than to see your little baby suffer from a blocked nose and discomfort. Not only does it cause your baby to be whiny and frustrated, but it also causes you lots of lost sleep and it challenges your patience. So, make sure your baby is happy again as quickly as possible thanks to just a few helpful home remedies.
Babies are known to frequently get a blocked nose. It’s a natural development, after all. The normal collection of mucus in the nose is very difficult for the little ones to discharge due to their still-developing naval cavity.
Yet, for the healthy development of your little one, an unblocked nose is essential. That’s because babies tend to breathe through their nose – so when it’s blocked, they have trouble breathing, which leads to frustration. An unblocked nose is also important during feeding as your little boy or girl naturally then needs to breathe through their nose. If the nose is blocked, your baby becomes irritated, which can make mum irritated.
To put an end to this vicious cycle, try using these home remedies for unblocking your baby’s nose:
1) Increase the room’s humidity
The moist air is breathed in and helps to loosen up the mucus in the baby's nasal cavity. To add humidity to the nursery, set up a vaporiser when your little one is sleeping and during play time.
2) Give baby a warm bath
Like humidity, the warmth from the bath helps to loosen up the blockage in the nose. Perhaps your baby enjoys baths, in which case the activity will make him/her happier too.
3) Elevate baby’s head
Place a pillow or folded-up blanket under your baby’s mattress to raise it a bit on the side where your baby’s head is usually resting. The slight elevation ensures that the mucus flows down the nasal cavity.
DID YOU KNOW?
Most newborn babies develop a condition called Milia. These are tiny white bumps that form on the nose. They are nothing to get concerned about, as they result from a type of protein called keratin. They will gradually disappear within a few months.