Nasal congestion in babies is a serious problem.
Nasal channels of babies are quite narrow compared to children and adults. In addition, when allergic causes, congenital effects and environmental factors are considered, babies’ nose is more clogged. Moreover, since babies do not know blowing their nose that helps to open the nasal ducts, nasal congestion becomes a challenging process for both babies and mothers. The baby only tries to breathe through the nose, breathing through the mouth is possible for later periods. Naturally, a baby trying to breathe through a clogged nose suffers a lot of trouble and even impossible to feed. During feeding, because he/she cannot breathe through the nose, he/she stops eating. If the baby is not satisfied, he/she becomes more restless and the body resistance decreases because of he/she can’t sleep comfortably.
It can lead to middle ear infection.
Babies can not sleep with a clogged nose. The development of the baby who does not sleep and has a poor sleep quality is also affected. During feeding, gas problems due to excessive air intake may occur. If nasal congestion is not resolved, the problem may turn the middle ear infection.
Causes of Nasal Obstruction in Babies?
- Upper respiratory tract infections,
- Allergy and pain,
- Structural anomalies in the nose,
- Dry air,
- Sticking of Soft nasal cartilages together while breathing.
- Heating in winter and air conditioning in summer
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These recommendations are important for nasal congestion!
The first thing you should do is try to keep your baby’s nose open. For this purpose, you can apply the drops of sea water 3-5 times a day to keep the nose moist. This way, your baby’s nose can clear accumulated secretions and mucus and make it easier for your baby to breathe. Except this;
- The ideal moisture rate of your living environment should be between 30% and 50%. However, it is not correct to use continuous steam machines to increase humidity.
- The ideal room temperature in winter is 22-25 degrees. If the temperature rises above this level, the moisture may decrease and cause it to dry.
- You can increase your baby’s bed slightly to facilitate secretion.
- You can use a nasal aspirator to drain accumulated nasal secretions after using physiological drops.