Health Tip: Ease Baby's Stuffy Nose04/28/11
(HealthDay News) -- Easing a sniffly baby's stuffy nose can make
both baby and parents feel better.
The ADAM Encyclopedia suggests how to help reduce nasal
congestion in babies:
- With the baby lying on the back and a towel rolled up beneath
the shoulders, place two-to-three drops of a saline solution into
the nose before rolling baby onto the stomach.
- Use a nasal suction bulb, sometimes called an aspirator, to
suck mucus from baby's nose. Follow the product's directions
- Elevate the head of baby's crib.
- Get baby to drink a lot of fluids, so breast-feed or offer
- Use a cool-mist vaporizer. But don't let the room get too
humid, and remember to disinfect the vaporizer daily.
- Before bedtime, run a hot shower and take baby into the steamy
bathroom to help break up congestion. Never put baby in the hot
- Don't use cough-and-cold medicines or nasal sprays in children
younger than 2.
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