If your baby simply has a stuffy nose with no lung involvement, you should be able to safely put them to bed without any significant safety risks. (So no, you don’t actually have to keep standing over their crib and watch them breathe all night long.)
Can my baby suffocate from a stuffy nose?
A baby’s nose, unlike an adult’s, doesn’t have cartilage. So when that nose is pressed against an object, like a stuffed animal, couch cushions or even a parent’s arm while sleeping in bed, it can flatten easily. With the opening to its nostrils blocked, the baby can’t breathe and suffocates.
How can I help my baby sleep with a blocked nose?
Run a humidifier in your baby’s room while they sleep to help loosen mucus. Cool mist is safest because there aren’t any hot parts on the machine. If you don’t have a humidifier, run a hot shower and sit in the steamy bathroom for a few minutes multiple times per day.
When should I worry about my baby’s congestion?
If your baby is congested and exhibits any of the below symptoms, call your doctor immediately: Your baby is younger than three months old. Your baby isn’t having as many wet diapers as usual. Your baby has a temperature of 100 degrees for more than three days.
Why do babies get congested at night?
Children and infants have narrower nasal passageways than adults, making them more susceptible to nighttime congestion caused by inflammation or excess mucus. Very young children and especially infants, who mostly breathe through their nose, cannot blow their noses as adults can.
How long does a blocked nose last in babies?
If caused by a cold, a blocked nose will usually get better in 5 to 7 days, but can take up to 2 weeks in small children. A blocked nose in children or babies will usually clear within two or three weeks if the underlying infection is caused by sinusitis or bronchiolitis, and around a week for flu.
How can I unblock my baby’s nose naturally?
One of easiest ways to clear a baby’s or toddler’s nose is to use a saline nasal spray. Nasal spray works by thinning out the mucus, allowing the nose to clear out and ease congestion. If you can’t run to the store for saline drops or spray, try mixing one cup of warm, filtered water and a ½ teaspoon of salt.
What position should a congested baby sleep in?
Just make sure to put the towel under the mattress, as no pillows or blankets should ever go in the crib with your baby while they sleep. Also, remember that you should always put your baby to sleep on their back.
Why does my baby sound congested when lying down?
They are also “obligate nose breathers,” which means they only know how to breathe out of their mouths when they are crying. The rest of the time, they breathe through their nose, which is why we notice this congestion.
What is the best sleeping position for a baby with a cold?
Lying flat makes a cough worse, which is bad news for bedtime. Lifting the head of your baby’s crib a few inches can help. You can also place books under the legs, or roll up a towel and put it under the head of the mattress.