Monday, March 23, 2015

Babies and stuffy noses

Babies can't blow their noses, so they express their discomfort guess how--fussing and crying.

Yet, says Andrew Hotaling, MD, a pediatric otolaryngologist at Loyola, infants and toddlers get six to eight upper resp infections a year. That's a lot of crying.

Some tips:

Use a cool air humidifier in the child's room. Be sure to clean it properly so you are not blowing mold or mildrew into the little one's face. You may need to open the door.

You can suck mucus out with a bulb syringe--maybe even put in a few drops of saline solution first to loosen congestion.

Check to make sure the tot has not blocked the nasal passage with a bean or foreign object.

Be sure the child gets lots of fluids.

If the baby is coughing like a barking seal, it could be something more serious than sniffles. Check with your doctor.

Also watch for chronic snoring. It could be enlarged adenoids.

Avoid exposing the child to smoke. Even if you do not smoke in the same room, the irritants can get into fibers and upset the baby's system.

Once, when my daughter was clogged, we sat for hours in the bathroom steamed up with the shower. Also a thought.

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