It is quite common for your baby’s nose to become slightly congested or stuffy during the first few months of life. Sneezing is a way of clearing this congestion from the tiny nasal passages. While at rest, babies breathe only through their noses for the first few weeks. Sometimes the breathing sounds noisy because the air turbulence caused by mucus in the nasal passages is amplified by the chest cavity. Babies can become cranky and may feed poorly if their noses are too stuffy.
Salt water nose drops can be dropped in the infant’s nose and a nasal aspirator (bulb suction) can be used to clear the secretions. Salt water drops can be purchased at the drug store (e.g. Ocean spray) or be made at home with 4 oz of sterile water and 1/4 tsp. of salt.
A vaporizer may also be useful to help keep the mucus thinner. Remember, this is a normal condition and does not require any treatment unless the baby is feeding poorly or unable to sleep. If he starts to exhibit any other symptoms of illness (fever, coughing, fast breathing, etc.) please contact our office for advice.