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Baby Has A Cold And Cant Breath Properly
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Baby Has A Cold And Cant Breath Properly

Did you know that most babies will suffer from a cold almost every 6-8 weeks for the first 18 months of their lives? For new parents, a little common cold can be a devastating experience.

Here's another little fact for you: infants can only breathe through their nose, they cannot breathe through their mouths until they are around 6 months old. Breathing through the mouth is a learned skill. That's why babies will struggle to breathe through their nostrils, even though it is blocked.

And did you also know that babies cannot blow their own nose until they are about 2 years of age? So all you new parents out there, get ready to clear a lot of snotty noses!

Colds cause nasal congestion. Nasal congestion is caused by the inflammation of the blood vessels in the nose. The result is the tissue lining of the nose gets swollen. This inflammation is what makes breathing so difficult, causing the infant to get very irritated, and stay awake all night.

The most common advice out there is to treat a stuffy nose with a couple drops of a saline solution first, then to clear the snot out. The solution can be purchased at the pharmacy or can easily be made at home by simply mixing 1/4 teaspoon of salt to 1 cup of water. Next, suction the mucous out of baby's nose with an aspirator. The most common is a bulb aspirator, but a much preferred product is the Nosefrida.

It can be very difficult to treat a stuffy nose on a squirmy and agitated baby, so try to have two adults present to help make baby more comfortable and choose an appropriate time, when the baby is calm. It's a good idea to clear baby's nose just before bedtime.

Most babies will have an even more difficult time breathing lying on their backs, but as we all know, this is the strongly recommended position for a newborn, so you can try placing your baby in a swing or adjustable bassinet. Even a carseat can safely provide the upright comfort baby needs when stuffed up.

Many infants will have a hard time feeding when they can't breath through their noses, but keep trying because the sucking motion can actually help to decongest. Also, mother's milk contains powerful antibodies which will fight that cold and obviously nourish baby at the same time. It is also the most easy to digest.

If you are introducing or following any sort of sleep schedule, or feeding schedule, it is advised to put it on hold for the time that your baby is sick, and simply follow their cues for what they need. An ill baby will need to feed and sleep whenever they are able and will need a lot of comforting in between.

Always seek professional medical advice if you are concerned about your baby.

The pesky common cold is usually just a nuisance for adults, but for babies and their parents, it can be overwhelming. It usually means being up for most of the night, and feeling quite desperate to remedy the symptoms. Having the tools (like the Nosefrida) in place in your home can be one way to be prepared, and clearing your schedule once the virus hits will alleviate the stress that can come with it.

Don't worry, the common cold is usually all gone within 7 to 10 days, but the worst of it often passes in 3 or 4.


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