by Carolyn Harrington
Nasal congestion is very common in infants and young babies. When infants are born, they breathe through their noses. Their respiratory systems are experiencing irritants such as chemical fumes, dust, pollens, mould spores and germs from our environment for the first time. They are burdened with these pollutants and are not capable of efficiently handling them. Their nasal passages become swollen with excess fluid, hence the "stuffy nose".
In most cases it is not serious if the child is not sick. It is just uncomfortable for them and may become troublesome when the child is trying to sleep or feed. And to make matters worse, there are not a lot of options for children this age. Nasal sprays and cough and cold medicines are not recommended for children under 2 years old. So what can you do to help your baby?
There are a few things you can do for a baby with nasal congestion. If your baby is uncomfortable and begins to cry, don’t worry, the tears will actually help loosen the crusty mucous that develops around the nasal passage. Another way to help loosen the mucous around the nose is to run a hot shower in your bathroom and let your baby breathe in the steam filled room.
You can also make up a saline solution of 1/4 tsp table salt in a 1/2 cup of lukewarm water and add a drop to each nostril. Be sure to make a fresh batch each day. This will help moisten the airway and help alleviate the problem. Although there are not many commercial products for a child this young, our Matys All Natural Baby Chest Rub is made right in the USA and is an effective treatment for any baby 3 months and older. It is petroleum-free, made with skin-soothing oils, and includes essential oils like eucalyptus and lavender. Maty's is also menthol-free, so it doesn't increase mucous flow that could overwhelm their small nostrils.
Carolyn Harrington is a certified Holistic Health Practitioner and trained in many aspects of natural medication, including nutrition, herbs and various mind/body therapies. Carolyn created Maty’s Healthy Products, a line of all natural, gluten-free products enriched with powerful immune supportive ingredients, which are then formulated into therapeutic blends to enhance the body’s natural healing capabilities.