What to do for babies that are congested?

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.

How can I help my congested baby sleep?

One excellent way to clear your congested baby up is to run a humidifier in your baby’s room or nursery. It’s especially helpful to use a humidifier while your little one is sleeping.

How do I get mucus out of my baby’s chest?

Gentle taps on your baby’s back can help ease chest congestion. Lay them down across your knees and gently pat their back with your cupped hand. Or do it while they sit on your lap with their body leading forward about 30 degrees. It loosens mucus in the chest and makes it easier for them to cough it up.

Does congestion increase risk SIDS?

Pulmonary congestion is present in 89% of SIDS cases (p < 0.001 compared with non-SIDS deaths), and pulmonary edema in 63% (p < 0.01).

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.

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Can I use saline drops while baby is sleeping?

Use saline drops to clear the baby’s nose before feeding or sleeping. Use a warm washcloth or cotton swab to clean off dried, sticky mucus on nostrils.

Does a pacifier help with congestion?

Medical experts believe that when babies use pacifiers while dealing with a stuffy nose, it causes a damaging pressure in the tube between the nose and the ear, increasing the risk of ear infection.