This is so common there is actually a medical term for it, “nasal congestion of the newborn.” Babies have tiny little nasal passages and can sound very congested in the first few weeks of life. They are also “obligate nose breathers,” which means they only know how to breathe out of their mouths when they are crying.
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.
How can you tell if a baby is congested?
A baby with nasal congestion may have the following symptoms:
- thick nasal mucus.
- discolored nasal mucus.
- snoring or noisy breathing while asleep.
- trouble eating, as nasal congestion makes it difficult to breathe while they suck.
What are RSV symptoms in babies?
What are the symptoms of RSV in a child?
- Runny nose.
- Short periods without breathing (apnea)
- Trouble eating, drinking, or swallowing.
- Flaring of the nostrils or straining of the chest or stomach while breathing.
- Breathing faster than usual, or trouble breathing.
Should I take my baby to the doctor for congestion?
Call your child’s provider right away if any of these occur: Fever (see Fever and children, below) Symptoms get worse or new symptoms develop. Nasal discharge persists for more than 10 to 14 days.
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).
Where do you massage a congested baby?
A gentle nasal massage can help loosen and remove any substances clogging your little one’s sinuses. Simply use two fingers to gently rub the area around the top of your baby’s nose. This can also include the region just under your little one’s eyebrows.
What does RSV sound like?
When your pediatrician listens to your baby’s lungs, if they have RSV and bronchiolitis, it actually sounds like Rice Krispies in the lungs; it’s just all crackly. Quite often, pediatricians are able to get a good idea if your child has RSV or not just based on the symptoms.
How can I help my 4 month old with congestion?
- Provide warm baths, which can help clear congestion and offer a distraction.
- Keep up regular feedings and monitor for wet diapers.
- Add one or two drops of saline to their nostril using a small syringe.
- Provide steam or cool mist, such as from a humidifier or by running a hot shower.