How To Help Your Baby Sleep With a Stuffy Nose
April 7, 2017
Allergy and sinus infection season can be really tough on babies—especially those prone to runny noses!
The season can also be hard for parents who stay up all night, either worrying that their baby can’t breathe or having to frequently get out of bed to soothe their baby’s sinus and allergy pain.
If you’re one of these parents, and the tried-and-true saline sprays and bulb syringes aren’t doing the trick for your baby, we have some tips for you to try that will change your life during the pollen-filled months ahead!
They’re not just for adults! Lavender oil and eucalyptus oil, especially, have tremendous calming and sinus-soothing effects for small children struggling to breathe through their mucus.
Though they’re incredibly helpful, we recommend that you do plenty of research before choosing your oils, as some are not recommended for infants under 3 months, and almost all are meant to be diluted before use on infants.
Ramp the Crib Mattress
Adults that suffer from sinus congestion know that the worst time of day is when you lay down to sleep at night and when you first wake up in the mornings.
That’s because your airways, in a horizontal position, become a collecting place for your respiratory congestion. This can be especially tough for little ones.
We recommend putting a couple of thick books or blankets underneath one end of the crib mattress, so that your baby can sleep in a somewhat elevated position. You can also buy a wedge made especially for this purpose.
Create a Steam Room
Using a pediatric steam vaporizer, a humidifier, or even a steamy shower, you can create an environment that will gently open your baby’s airways. Creating a steam room with a steamy shower is usually the most inexpensive and convenient option.
Simply run a hot shower (don’t get in the shower with the baby), put a towel in front of the bathroom door so that the steamy air won’t escape, and let the steam fill the room while you read your baby a story, play a game, or rock them to sleep.
Hydration, Hydration, Hydration
As with adults, cutting through mucus often starts from the inside-out. Since your baby can’t eat leafy greens and other allergy, sinus, and asthma-fighting foods, the best thing you can do is to make sure that they stay hydrated throughout the day.
Tried all these things and your baby is still fighting for air? Rediscover your healthy, happy baby by scheduling a consultation with one of our ear, nose, and throat experts today.