An infant who is having trouble breathing because of nasal congestion is tough to watch. Too young to understand how to clear the nose by blowing, and unable to tell you just how he's feeling, it's a frustrating time for many new parents.
Here are several common causes of infant nasal congestion, suggestions for dealing with them, and a solution that can help reduce the frequency of congestion.
The common cold is well named because it does occur so frequently. One of the best ways to help your infant avoid congestion that comes with a cold is to take steps to prevent it. Keep hands, toys, crib railings as clean as possible.
Avoid, as best you can, close interaction with other children who are contagious (sneezing, coughing, runny noses) as your infant's immune system is not strong enough to fight off the germs.
When colds happen, and they will, clear baby's nose with a nasal bulb syringe. This can provide instant relief for your baby in a non-invasive way. And relief for your baby means piece of mind for you.
Some infants are more sensitive to airborne irritants than others. Dust, dust mites (which tend to congregate in the bedroom), and pollen can cause your baby's body to produce extra mucus to try to wash away the irritants that have been inhaled.
The extra mucus leads to congestion which may also be accompanied by watering eyes, and coughing. Again the nose bulb syringe is a great first line of defense, but that is addressing the symptoms not the cause.
Whether the cause of congestion stems from the common cold virus, or is caused by airborne particles in the air, the best way to reduce the congestion that results is to reduce the viruses and airborne particulates that cause them.
A high efficiency particle arresting (or HEPA) air purifier is an effective way to clear the air of contaminants that are often at the root of infant nasal congestion.
By definition a HEPA air purifier will eliminate 99.97% of airborne pollutants as small as .3 microns. Household dust, dust mites, mold and mildews spores, pet dander, and pollen are all big enough to be trapped by a filter whose openings are .3 microns in size. This clears the air for your infant and greatly reduces the chances of nasal congestion.
Viruses are often much smaller that .3 microns so it may seem that a purifier with a HEPA filter would not be effective. The good news is that viruses tend to attach to larger pollutants in order to travel from one host to another, and so by removing the bigger particles, you are also removing the viruses and well.
Knowing how to deal with infant nasal congestion is great, but knowing how to reduce the number of times it occurs is even better.
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