Posted by: Light | 2005/01/06


Blocked nose when sleeping

My baby is 4 and a half months old. At 3 months he started sleeping through the night, but for the past 3 weeks he has been getting up a few times in the night, because his nose is blocked and hence balltes to breathe properly. I have been using salex drops since he was born (The paed said his nasal passage was too dry hence the drops), and I make use of his humidifier, but recently it's been so hot that I am afraid the using the humidifier during the hot nights will do him more harm than good. Is there anything else that I can do, as it is frustrating to both me and him, when he gets up crying as a result of a blocked nose.

Expert's Reply



There are more potent medicines to keep a baby's nose open at night, but these should only be used for short periods of time when it is truly needed. I think you are doing all the right things and it should resolve with time. The humidifier is probably unnecessary.

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Posted by: 1st Time Mom | 2005/01/07


Try Elizabeth Anne's Vapour Rub.

My boy was born in June, so he had a blocked nose to begin with.

You can also use drops you can buy at a chemist. Drop a few drops on his pillow or blanket.

Unfortunately there isn't anything else you can try, because he is too young for some of the other medications.

You can also try a little bit (and by that I mean very little) of Vicks, mixed with Vaseline and rub it on his chest. Only try this if the Vapour Rub doesn't work for him.

Good luck.

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