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Every parent is very anxious about their child’s health. From a little sneeze to a high fever, they are always ready to fight any issue that disrupts their child’s health. Today, I am going to share my own story, as a parent, about how I cured my child’s nasal congestion. Initially, I noticed that she’s sneezing a lot and her nose is a bit stuffy all the time. But in reality, both of these symptoms are very common in babies. They are prone to cold and their nose is plugged right away. Mucus actually helps them to clean their airways and prevents germs from entering the body, but on the other hand, excessive mucus can also give babies a hard time breathing, and also bother them when they are eating or sleeping peacefully. Not only this, while feeding, the milk mixes with mucus and the baby cannot digest it, as a result of which the baby vomits it out.

Small babies of 0-1 years are obligatory nose breathers. So when their nose gets congested, they face difficulty in breathing. Children of 1-4 years of age can have as many as 8-10 times of runny nose every year. Although this is common, if the cold remains for a longer period of time, then there’s a bit to worry about. So, I will tell you how I got to know that it is not just a cold but nasal congestion and what all my child went through all that time and what I did to cure it.

Difference Between COLD and Nasal Congestion

The main difference between cold and congestion is the time period. If the baby is having runny nose for 3-4 days followed by 2-3 days of stuffy nose then it’s a common cold. But in case of my baby, these symptoms remained for more than 8 days.
Her eyes were always watery and the mucus was itchy and irritating her skin. All this made her very cranky and she was always in a bad mood, ready to cry every time you try to touch her or play with her. She also refused to eat and also became frustrated due to unstoppable sneezing and stuffy nose all the time. Sometimes she would became a bit grumpy and fatigued. I faced a lot of problems feeding her. Lack of peaceful sleep was again another problem. She would wake up a number of times in the night and in the morning she was heavy eyed. I became very worried. I was well aware of the fact that nasal congestion is usually caused in babies due to cold or by allergies due to change of weather and is very common. But there are still a lot of parents who clearly have no idea about what to do and what not to do when their child is having a stuffy nose. So, I decided to tell all of you what all I did to cure my child’s nasal congestion. I have made a list of things that helped me and my baby a lot and hopefully you will also find it helpful.

Remedies to cure Nasal congestion

Steamed up bathroom

Warm steam effectively helps to remove mucus and provides slight relief to the baby from chest congestion and opens up the blocked nasal passage. Every day, I fill my bathroom with steam by leaving the hot water tap open. When the bathroom becomes steamy, I sit with my child there for some time. Make sure to not to go in the hot shower directly as it can scald the baby.

No to air conditioners and yes to humidifiers

Yes, it’s true that it’s tough to avoid air conditioners in hot weather but this is the main reason of congestion as air conditioners tend to instantly dry out the air in the room and the direct air from the fans directly strike the face of the child. Still if you are using these devices to keep the room cool make sure that to have a humidifier running in the same room. It helps to keep the room well moistened.

Nasal drops

Many parents hesitate to use nasal drops in children. They feel that it isn’t safe to use nasal drops in small children. But believe me, it is my own personal experience that nasal drops give the best results in curing nasal congestion in children. I used Nasivion pediatric 0.025% that is especially made for children. I’m highly satisfied with the results and would suggest you that ask your pediatrician for your child.

How Nasivion worked best during Nasal Congestion :

Nasivion is a brand which deals with nasal decongestant products that help you to breathe easily. They have a different product range for adults, children and infants. I prefer Nasivion because it is very effective and its effect is long lasting and well tolerable by children of all age groups. Do consult your pediatrician before taking any treatment. Nasivion Nasal Saline Solution is considered the first line of treatment, as it is safe and can be used by anyone. 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

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the child.

Nasivion for children comes for two different age groups:

1. NASIVION® MINI (BABY) 0.01% NOSE DROPS

This product is for infants between 0-1 years of age.
For infants below 4 weeks, use only one drop of solution 2-3 times every day.
For infants between 5 weeks to 1 year of age, instill 1-2 drops of solution 2-3 times a day in each nostril.

2. NASIVION® PEDIATRIC (CHILD) 0.025% NOSE DROPS

This product is for children between 1-6 years of age.
Use 1-2 drops of the solution in each nostril at least 2-3 times a day.

How to use the drops after consulting your doctor:

First of all clean the runny nose of the child gently using a soft cloth or a tissue.
Don’t just directly put it into the nose. It trickles down the nostrils and the child may start coughing. Use the drops when the child is in lying down position with head a little elevated with the help of a pillow or the edge of the bed. Gently squeeze the bottle and pour only the required amount of drops in each nostril. Make sure you stick to the prescribed number of drops. Overdose can be harmful for the child.
Do not use the drops for more than 10 consecutive days.

Above was my experience with my child’s runny nose. How was your experience with your children? Do let me know in the comments below! Must Check out this Happynosehappymoms for more info
Be sure to consult your doctor before using the product.

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