My Baby Is Smiling Now- I Have A Solution For His Blocked Nose
As a mom, I am sure you have stayed up many nights when your baby couldn’t sleep because of a blocked nose! I know how it feels, I went through the same thing with my own baby and it always left me teary eyed as it made me helpless and sad.
As a new mom staying in a nuclear family, a lot of things were unknown to me. One of the most important things that I didn’t know was comforting a baby with a cold! Common cold isn’t so simple after all!
The Exhausting Day
I still remember the first winter, when my baby was just 6 months old! He had caught a cold and was uncomfortable since babies are obligatory nose breathers. He would only be comfortable when I held him upright on my shoulders and walked around. By the end of a few hours, my shoulders used to hurt and my hands were heavy as logs. My hubby offered to take turns and then he continued the same routine. After a few hours, both of us were exhausted and none of the home remedies seemed to be offering much relief.
The domino effect of blocked nose
My son, who was otherwise a very playful child, suddenly became very cranky. No amount of toys, food or chatter would help pacify him. Helpful elderly neighbors suggested steam and warm wraps, which seemed to be working. However, my son seemed to have lost all interest in fun and was only interested in crying his lungs out.
Another thing that I observed was his disinterest in food. He seemed to hate solid food. The only thing he seemed to be interested in was water or milk! While the elders suggested I should try and give him something hot, he refused anything that was beyond lukewarm. So we resorted to lukewarm water and milk. As I fed him milk and water, I started feeling guilty about not trying hard enough to feed him, but at that point I was exhausted and he seemed to be on a solids strike!
The whole day went in a daze! My son wouldn’t play, wouldn’t eat and wouldn’t sleep! The blocked nose was not letting him sleep. Initially we were clueless about a blocked nose affecting his sleep and tried to feed him, checking his diaper and the other normal routine. However, after a while we realized that the moment I picked him up, he would quiet down a bit.
We spent the whole night taking turns and carrying him in an upright position. By morning, my helplessness had turned into anger, which later ended up in despair! I just wanted him to sleep for some time! As we rushed to our pediatrician, the first thing the doctor did was put a drop of Nasivion mini (baby) nose drops in each of his nostrils.
After checking my son and prescribing him medicines, my doctor asked us to keep Nasivion handy. The doctor prescribed 1 drop in every nostril 2-3 times a day. I could see the difference it was making in my baby’s life. My son started looking comfortable.
As per doctor’s suggestion, a continued use of Nasivion for 3 days showed its magic and in no time, my baby was back to being the happy, healthy baby that he was. Since that day, Nasivion is a part of my medical kit at home.
Learning is a part of motherhood and as my children grew older, I have understood a few more tips that can help the child overcome the discomfort of a blocked nose. Here are a few tips that I picked up along the way.
One can opt for Nasivion (Mini) Baby Nose Drops (0.01%) or Nasivion Pediatric (Child) Nose drops (0.025%) depending on the age of the child. As Nasivion is the first line treatment, if the situation is aggravated then consulting the doctor before its use is must.
Some simple tips for common cold
- Let your child drink a lot of fluids. Water, juice, milk, soups etc. Adequate hydration helps in thinning out the mucus and flow well on the outside.
- Prop your child’s head on a pillow or put him/her to sleep in a car seat. Elevated head position helps in keeping the nose clear and less congested.
- Steam works well. If your child is old enough to take steam, give it to them, to relieve the discomfort.
- If the child is small and cannot take steam. Create a humid area. I used to make a bedsheet tent and coupe up in it with my child while keeping the steamer turned on in the tent. Increased humidity helps loosen up the mucus in baby’s nose
- Keep a saline solution nose drop like Nasivion Nasal Saline solution handy. As it has a salt ingredient it can easily be used on your baby’s sensitive nose.
- If the problem is aggravated then after consulting the doctor, one can opt for Nasivion (Mini) Baby Nose Drops or Nasivion Pediatric (Child) Nose drops depending on the age of the child.
These tips along with Nasivion has helped me ensure that my baby is smiling. Even after 4 years, I still use Nasivion for my child. Hope this post helps you tide over the sleepless nights that you may encounter because of cold. Common cold can be frustrating and difficult for a baby, if you wish to use Nasivion as a remedy remember to consult your pediatrician before use.
What’s your take on common colds? What tips or solutions have you found helpful? Do share in the comments below.