Home remedies for Blocked nose

An Overview

Babies can get congested when they breathe in cigarette smoke, pollutants, viruses and other irritants. Their bodies produce extra mucus in the nose and airways to trap and remove these irritants. Exposure to dry air and other weather conditions can also trigger excess mucus production and congestion. Babies are more likely than older children to get congestion because their nasal passages and airways are small and not yet mature. Know that your baby has got a blocked nose when
• They breathe through their mouth
• They get irritable
• They snort while breathing. Snorting is almost an explosive sound made by the nose when forceful breathing occurs
• They have difficulty in feeding. Because they are breathing through mouth, they can’t take food
A newborn baby, however, might have a stuffy nose and may snort when breathing for the first few days of life. This is because in the womb they stay surrounded by fluid and some of this fluid may still be there in the nose.

Top Remedies to treat blocked nose in kids

1. Use nasal saline to moisten and drain your dry stuffed nose

If your baby’s blocked nose is due to dry air or dryness, the first step that you need to take is to moisten your child’s nose. For this you need saline drops. You can also make the saline solution at home.

2. Ginger

Ginger is high in anti-inflammatory properties and antioxidants that may help reduce the stuffy nose. It is super effective against the clogged nose. You can use ginger as a compressor.
For the compressor, you can boil 2 cups of water with ginger pieces in it. Soak a fresh washcloth in the brew and place it on your face gently for 15 minutes. You can also make a ginger tea and drink this tea thrice daily for instant relief from a stuffy nose.

3. Garlic

Garlic is the best source of antioxidants that stimulate your immune system by multiplying white blood cells. It helps in the production of antibodies that may fight against your respiratory complaints.
You can add some garlic cloves or crushed garlic in hot soup at least twice a day.

4. Humidifier

Dry air can aggravate congestion, which is where a humidifier can help by moistening the air in the room, which in turn helps to clear a stuffy nose. Place the humidifier at a distance from baby’s cot or just outside his room. Make sure to clean the humidifier regularly to avoid the growth of mold and fungus. Avoid using it on days that are already humid

5.  Inhale Essential Oils

A more alternative form of treatment, inhaling essential oils like eucalyptus and peppermint oils offer a myriad of benefits. These oils may reduce inflammation, ward off bacteria, and relieve sinus congestion.

6. Drink Tea

Drinking hot tea has numerous benefits, especially if you are congested or suffering from flu-like symptoms. Tea is able to fight off inflammation and can help thin mucus in your nasal passageways, making it easier to breathe. Additionally, tea is a great source of antioxidants and may boost your immune system.

7. Lemon

Mix 2 tablespoons of lemon juice and ¼ teaspoon of black pepper powder with a little bit of salt. Apply this mixture to get effective relief from a stuffy nose.

8. Tomato Juice

Drink a glass of hot tomato juice in order to get rid of a stuffy nose. Add a tablespoon of chopped garlic, a tablespoon of hot sauce, a tablespoon of lime juice with a pinch of celery salt to a cup of boiling tomato juice. Sip on it at least 2 times a day.

9. Herbal Tea

Herbs, like chamomile, thyme, peppermint, rosemary leaves, or blackberry are great remedies for treating a stuffy nose. You can make a tea of these herbs and drink it on a regular basis till you get relief from a blocked nose.

10. Warm Compress

This is one of the best home remedies for a stuffy nose and head. Placing a warm compress over your nose will give you instant relief from the problem of a stuffy nose, especially if you have chronic sinusitis.

11. Hot Soups

Hot chicken soup is the best remedy for the stuffy nose as it effectively heals the cold symptoms while giving relief from nasal congestion. You can also drink vegetable soups to get healed up quickly.

12. Steam inhalation 

This is a harmless method to drain mucus from nose of adults as well as kids. Just that you need to be a little more careful when you make your child inhale steam to clean the blocked nose. Steam inhalation introduces warm, moist air into the lungs through nose and throat. This not only cleans the blocked nose of your child but also cures the inflamed sinuses, if any. When you are going for this remedy for your baby, you should preferably use a steam inhaler instead of bowl with warm water.
• Babies cannot fight most minor ailments like a cold by themselves. And, if they have a blocked nose, they can become cranky and uncomfortable. Either way, a cold and a blocked nose will give both of you sleepless nights. Most parents would rush their little one to a pediatrician. however, some may not want to consult one thinking it is just a cold. But, you must know that for babies, the level of discomfort is way too high than what it is for the grownups. You can make nasal drops for your baby at home.
• To 8 teaspoons of water, add ½ a teaspoon of salt and mix well with a sterilized spoon. Pour a few drops into your baby’s nostrils once the solution cools down.
• Elevating your baby’s head with the help of a pillow helps the mucus flow out, thereby opening up the nasal passage.
• Keeping your baby hydrated is important, more so when she’s down with a cold. Fluids dilute the mucus and relieve stuffiness in the nose. You can also feed warm and unsweetened apple juice and chamomile tea without honey if she’s older than 6 months.
• Clear chicken soup is another useful home remedy for a cough and cold. Chicken contains anti-inflammatory properties that clear up the nasal passage as well as improve your baby’s immunity.
• In case the nasal congestion is severe, turn on the shower and let the hot water create steam in the restroom. Then, take your baby into the bathroom for a few minutes. You can also give him a bath with warm water.

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