MOMS ASK: What To Do When Baby Is Congested? (9 Tips & Tricks)

  • Learn how to spot the first signs of congestion in a baby 
  • Know which symptoms indicate the condition is getting worse 
  • Discover 9 safe and effective ways to relieve baby’s congestion
  •  And, find out when it’s ok to give baby medicine for congestion

Is there a baby at home who is congested?

Are you looking for safe and easy ways that can help to remove congestion in your baby?

Do you want to know a few things that you can easily, and safely try at home to help your congested baby?

Having congestion can be very tough for babies, and it is important that you do it in such a way that not only makes your baby feel comfortable, but is also safe. Today we first share the symptoms of congestion in babies, including the earliest signs you can watch out for. We tell you what to do for congested baby and also talk about whether or not it is safe to give any medication to your baby in order to ease the congestion. So, if you are looking for any such information regarding your little one, make sure to check out the sections below.

What are the symptoms of congestion in babies? Among these, which signs are first to appear?

Here are some of the earliest signs and symptoms of congestion in babies that you can watch out for, so that you can give your little one the required treatment at the earliest.

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  • Having problems with feeding or eating: One of the first and most initial signs is when you notice that your baby is not able to feed properly. This happens because when there is congestion in your baby’s nose or chest, it becomes difficult for the little one to breathe properly. As a result, they often find it difficult to eat or feed, because they spend most of their efforts in breathing properly. Also, if your baby is breathing through the mouth, eating or feeding can become very difficult.
  • Problems with sleep: When your baby is suffering from congestion, it can cause a lot of interference in your little ones’ sleep, especially if he or she is breathing through the mouth. This is because, when your baby breathes through the mouth, it ends up causing excessive dryness in the mouth and in the throat, which can cause irritation, itching, pain or discomfort in the throat or in the mouth.
  • Coughing and fever: Congestion in your baby can also show up as a regular bout of coughing, which could often be a dry sort of coughing, or one where you can hear that there is some sort of blockage in the nose or in the throat. In such a situation, your baby is also at a higher chance of running a fever which could be somewhere around 100.4 degree F.
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    Baby becomes cranky and irritable: With so much going on and with the congestion causing so much trouble in regular everyday things such as eating, feeding, sleeping and so on, it is natural for your baby to become cranky and irritable. You may notice that your baby is crying more than regular, and that can also happen because your baby is not able to get enough sleep or feed the way they want to.

Are there any symptoms that indicate that congestion is getting worse?

While the signs and symptoms mentioned above are the initial signs of congestion in your baby, here are a few signs that could indicate that the congestion in your baby is getting worse. Do remember that once you notice one or more of these signs, you should definitely take your baby to the doctor.

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  • Your baby is not passing much urine and the number of soiled diapers is lesser than what it is on other days – this could be a sign of dehydration in your baby.
  • Your baby starts having a higher fever, which could be anything above 102 degree F.
  • The colour of your baby’s skin changes from your baby’s regular skin complexion to something which has a blue or purple tinge. In some cases, your baby may also start to turn pale.
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    Your baby starts to cough violently, so much so that it can also cause vomiting whether your baby has eaten or not.
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    When your baby coughs, or whenever your baby is breathing, it is visibly difficult and you can say that your baby’s chest is going way inside the rib cage, causing a sort of hollow.
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    There is a bluish tinge around the baby’s mouth.
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    Your baby is not able to eat or drink anything or refuses taking anything.

9 effective and safe things to do when baby is congested

Are you worried about what to do for congested baby? Here are 9 effective as well as safe ways that you can try to help remove the congestion in your baby.

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1. Use a humidifier 

humidifier in the room will make it easier for your baby to breathe by adding some moisture into the air.

2. Lay baby down at a slight incline

Place a pillow under baby’s head, so that the head is at a slight incline. This will make it a little easier for your baby to breathe properly and cause less interruption in baby’s sleep.

3. Carry baby in an upright position

Carrying your baby in an upright position will make it easier for baby to breathe.

4. Ensure that baby is hydrated

When your baby is not able to breathe properly, it also causes problems with feeding or eating, which can cause dehydration. Keep giving small sips of fluids to your baby at regular intervals.

5. Give baby a nasal massage

Massage your baby’s nose or chest gently so that it can loosen up the congestion.

6. Running a hot shower with baby​

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Run a hot shower and place your baby in your arms. Sit in the warm bathroom with your little one so that the steam can help to remove the blockage in your baby’s chest or nose.

7. Using a saline drop or spray​

Ask your baby’s doctor for a saline drop or spray that can loosen up any secretion in the nose that has dried up. If your baby is too young, using a saline spray can be can be easier than using a saline drop.  

8. Using a room vapourizer​

Using a room vapourizer can help to loosen out the congestion and also make the room more comfortable, making it easier for your baby to fall asleep.

9. Try using a nasal bulb syringe​

If your baby is still uncomfortable, you can also go in for a nasal bulb syringe. This is one way that can help to remove any of the mucous or other things that are congesting your baby’s chest or nose. Alternatively, you can also check with your baby’s doctor about using vapourizer drops that can release the congestion.

Can you give your baby any medication for congestion? At what age is it safe to medicate?

In case your baby is suffering from congestion, it is best to not give any medication without consulting the doctor. If your baby is uncomfortable, or if you notice any of the danger signs mentioned above, you should immediately rush to the doctor, who will prescribe medications accordingly.

It is not safe to medicate your baby at any age, especially not under the age of 6, without the prescription or advice of your baby’s doctor.

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