A stuffy nose can be uncomfortable for your baby, adversely affecting their feeding and meaning sleep is affected.
Although it can be worrying, common colds are common in young children as their immune system is still developing.
According to the NHS, children will get colds far more frequently than we do as adults, and symptoms include a blocked or runny nose, sneezing or a high temperature.
At the moment, it might be tricky to find Calpol or other remedies in the shops, but there are things you can do at home for natural remedies for a blocked nose.
5 home remedies for baby's blocked nose:
How can I help my baby sleep better at night when they have a blocked nose?
As you know, when you've got a cold, things can seem much worse when lying down, and this is the same for your baby.
For her daytime naps, try and keep her as upright as possible to help the mucus to drain: if you can, try and encourage your baby to sleep in her car seat or swing.
You might also want to slightly elevate her head when sleeping as this will make breathing easier - fold a small towel and place it underneath your baby's mattress.
However, be sure to keep an eye on your baby.
Do I need to visit the GP for my baby's blocked nose?
Although colds aren't normally serious, you should visit your GP if you notice any of the following:
- The cold has not cleared up within three weeks
- Your child is under three months old and has a temperature of 38 degrees, or 39 degrees if they are between 3-6 months
- Your child is struggling to breathe
- They are coughing up blood
- They have a persistent sore throat
- They seem to be getting worse rather than better
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