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Nasal congestion. (That’s a stuffy nose to you and me.)

Nasal congestion is caused by swelling on the inside of your little one’s nose as well as a build-up of gunk. This is what makes breathing harder than usual for them. But don’t worry. It is very common and can be easily relieved.

Baby sucking their thumb

Why is my little one suffering?

Your baby’s nose could be getting blocked for all sorts of reasons. It might be a cold or some kind of irritation from house dust, perfumes, pollen or any number of other ‘nasties’ their immune system hasn’t learned to deal with yet. These are what cause the swelling and gunk, which builds up because babies can’t blow their own nose. (Aw, bless!)

What problems can it cause?

Babies naturally breathe through their nose rather than their mouth, so when their nose is blocked it can be very uncomfortable for them. Everyday tasks like feeding and sleeping can become more difficult, so they get hungrier and hungrier and more and more tired – an increasingly distressing cycle for you and your baby.

Helpful advice

Having a child with a stuffy nose can be stressful for everyone. Using one of our soothing, gentle products is a great way to relieve the symptoms, and there are plenty of other practical things that you can do to help, things like...

Keep them warm and rested

Keep your baby’s bedroom humid by placing a bowl of warm water under the radiator. Raise the head-end of their cot or bed, perhaps by placing a pillow under the mattress.

Keep them hydrated

Encourage your little one to rest and make sure they drink plenty of fluids.

Baby sleeping
Baby sleeping

Helpful advice

Having a child with a stuffy nose can be stressful for everyone. Using one of our soothing, gentle products is a great way to relieve the symptoms, and there are plenty of other practical things that you can do to help, things like...

Keep them warm and rested

Keep your baby’s bedroom humid by placing a bowl of warm water under the radiator. Raise the head-end of their cot or bed, perhaps by placing a pillow under the mattress.

Keep them hydrated

Encourage your little one to rest and make sure they drink plenty of fluids.

Baby playing with a toy

Change feeding habits

Try giving younger babies smaller but more frequent feeds.

Help them sleep safely

It’s really important to follow the very latest advice on how your baby should be positioned when they sleep. We recommend you refer to the Lullaby Trust for more information.