Good Thursday everyone. The weekend's almost here (of course for us, mommies, who are stuck with the kid at home, it seems like one long day :) I have a 6 1/2 week old DD whose nose has been stuffed since the day she was born. Some days it's better than the others. Spoke to the pediatrician and he suggested Ayr nasal saline drops but they don't seem to help much. Someone suggested to use my breastmilk instead of the saline drops. Anyone knows of any other methods to use on such a small baby?? Thank you.
A friend of mine went through this with her new born. Her pediatrician actually filled on of those nose suckers with warm saline drops. She stuck it in one nostril and blew it right through, out the other nostril. My friend said the baby screamed like crazy, and that it was a bloody, disgusting, smelly mess that came out, but afterward she could breathe just fine and has had no problems since. Her baby couldn't nurse well, because she couldn't breathe! Apparantly her nose was clogged with amniotic fluid and stuff that had never been expelled. Might be worth a mention to your baby's doctor:)
Annie: I bought one of those bulb things but do not know how to use it. Is it used for nose irrigation?
Gabes: I'm afraid I have the same problem. Whenever she nurses, she tends to swallow a lot of air and then suffers from gas. I think it's b/c her nose is stuffed and she can't keep her mouth completely closed.
Unless you are a doctor, you use the bulb to pull OUT the stuff, not to push in saline solution. It could otherwise force stuff up into the sinuses. Drop some of the drops in, and then squeeze on the bulb away from baby's nose, and then let the tube pop open right by baby's nostril. Do this on both sides. This can also be done with a fat syringe body, but those aspirators are for this. Also try the humidifier. My preggers nose makes so much noise at night that my dh is hoping we get one for a shower gift so I'll stop whistling and snorting. Again, use the aspirator in the morning if you have used the humidifier at night.
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