Parent Information

Congestion

Upper airway congestion is very common in the first few months of life and can also be present with the common cold caused by viruses.  There are no medicines that will completely make the symptoms disappear.   The goal is to keep your child comfortable.  In general, if a child continues to drink normally, there is no need for concern.

The following are suggestions to help your child breathe more easily:

  • Put a few drops of saline drops in the nose, then gently remove the secretions with a bulb syringe.
  • Elevate the head of the crib.
  • Use either a cold air vaporizer or humidifier in your baby's room.   Make sure you change the water every night, and clean it well with bleach or Lysol once a week to eliminate mold and bacteria that grow in a wet environment.
  • Always keep your baby away from irritants such as cigarette smoke, paint and gasoline fumes, aerosols, perfumes, and hair sprays.
  • Keep your baby's sleeping environment as dust free as possible.

We do not recommend any decongestants or cold medicines under six years of age due to excessive side effects.


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