What is Baby Congestion?
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A young baby’s natural instinct is to breathe through their nose – even when it is blocked or congested.
Histamine dramatically increases the blood flow to the nose, causing swelling and blockage of nasal tissues. Stuffy nose is not a condition. it is a symptom of a condition. Congested nose is caused by a virus and within few weeks it will disappear on its own. It is therefore important to keep your congested baby’s nose clear as a blocked nose can disrupt sleeping and feeding. One reason that babies get a lot of colds is that their immune systems are immature, making them more vulnerable to illness. Also, your child can develop immunity to only one of the more than 200 different viruses that cause the common cold at a time. Think of all the colds you've had in your lifetime. Congested baby would have to get all of those and more to be immune to all cold viruses.
In order to breathe, babies must get rid of the mucus clogging their nasal passages. But because babies can’t blow their nose, they rely on you to provide the appropriate help.
As your baby grows, he's likely to be exploring a lot and touching (and licking!) everything, so it's easy for him to pick up a cold virus on his hands. Then all he has to do is put his fingers in his mouth or nose or rub his eyes, and the virus will get a chance to set up shop.
During cold and flu season it is sometimes impossible to remain illness-free. When babies get sick, it can be especially frustrating because this condition usually associated with illness can interrupt sleep and make feeding from a bottle or breast difficult.
Colds are uncomfortable, but are not a serious health risk. However, they need to be treated properly for the following reasons:
A cold can lead to more serious bacterial infections like flu, ear infections or even pneumonia in newborns or babies.
A baby will insist on breathing through the nose, even when it is blocked. A blocked nose can make feeding time difficult, as the baby may become irritable and the mother frustrated and concerned, which in turn may affect the flow of breast milk. A clear nose is essential for feeding as the baby either has the nipple or tear in his/her mouth.
Over the counter medications can make the breathing comfortable and gives relief from stuffy nose. The blood vessels shrink in the lining of the nose by decongestants.
It's hard to watch your infant when he's finding it hard to breathe through his nose because it's blocked. If the condition ever appears life threatening, call 911 immediately, and for chronic and severe cases of nasal congestion we recommend consulting your child's pediatrician. The advice given here is for most cases of nasal blockage.
One of the most tiring and teary-eyed experiences of a parent comes when a little baby is congested. Babies breathe primarily through their noses, particularly while breastfeeding or bottle feeding, which makes the experience all the more uncomfortable, and increases their risk of dehydration. On top of this, a snotty, weepy baby is a pitiful sight that makes this mommy cry.
We have collected some tried and true tricks for relieving baby congestion and bringing comfort. Now that the Federal Drug Administration has declared cold and flu medicines unsafe for children under 2 years old, it becomes all the more important to have alternative methods at your disposal. If none of them work and your baby is unable to breastfeed or take a bottle, this is a situation in which I recommend consulting a pediatrician or naturopath. Sick babies need to eat and drink more frequently, not less.
There is no cure for the common cold. In addition, your baby’s immune system will need time to get stronger. However, you can help by making your baby feel more comfortable and by preventing the infection from getting worse. Plenty of rest and drinking liquids are crucial, and your baby will need to be able to breathe properly to do either of these things. Stuffy noses may also linger for a few weeks even when the cold is over.
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