A good night sleep! For all of us, this implies the start of a great day. And if you don’t get it, the whole day gets spoilt. Now imagine a little child who is not getting a good night sleep, she is cranky, irritable and fidgety. Why? You’d ask and more often than not the reason is congestion. This is acuter in infants when they haven’t learned the art of breathing through the mouth, i.e. obligatory nose breathers. I remember when my daughter was little, there were times when she would seem uncomfortable while having trouble feeding and sleeping.
Now, while common cold is one of the major reasons for nasal congestion, often it can be attributed to allergies or a sinus infection. The main reasons for congestions are –
- Cold – It leads to the formation of thick mucus in the nose that inflames the inner lining of the nostrils. It results in a restricted flow of air into the nasal passages, leading to nasal congestion.
- Flu (Influenza) – It may seem like a common cold, but is often accompanied by high fever. The baby might also have a runny nose since the flu virus primarily targets nose, throat, and lungs.
- Sinus infection – It can be identified by a thick and dark coloured nasal discharge. When bacteria invade the sinus, they form surplus mucus, blocking the openings of the sinuses, leading to congestion
- Pollution & Irritants – Anything that can irritate the inside of the nose has the potential to trigger excessive secretion of mucus. Dry air can dry the mucus, which can harden causing difficulty in breathing.
Now, the reasons for nasal congestion may vary so does the extent. So, it is important for new parents especially to be informed and be able to identify and take the necessary steps to help their bundle of joy, who might be having a hard time with all the congestion. I’ll tell you from my experience that saline water or drops are great! It naturally decongests baby’s stuffy nose and helps to make breathing easier. I always kept a bottle of Nasivion Saline Nasal Solution handy, just in case. I’d lay my kiddo on her back, put a few drops, then turn her around and lay her on her stomach to help the saline clear the mucus out. You could also give the baby a hot shower.
But remember, if the problem is acute or you see symptoms like blood in mucus or if the symptoms are visible for a longer duration, kindly see a doctor who will prescribe the right medication for a blocked nose and the underlying condition that is causing it.
Directions to use Nasivion – (consult your paediatrician before using the product)
- for 0-1 years : Nasivion®Mini 0.01% Nose Drops – Up to the age of 4 weeks, instill 1 drop of the solution into each nostril 2-3 times per day. From the 5th week of life until the age of 1 year, instill 1-2 drops into each nostril 2-3 times per day or as directed by the physician.
- for 1-6 years : Nasivion® Child 0.025% Nose Drops – 1-2 drops into each nostril 2-3 times per day or as directed by the physician.
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