Comfort From Cold: How To Treat Baby’s Runny Nose

Comfort From Cold: How To Treat Baby’s Runny Nose

23 Dec 2022 | 3 min Read

Manisha Pradhan

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Most parents know that a runny nose also known as rhinorrhea is common in infants and kids as their immune system is still developing. But even then a baby’s runny nose can be a matter of great concern for parents as they don’t like to see their little ones uncomfortable. They want a quick remedy to treat baby’s runny nose.  

There are some simple remedies that parents can follow to help get rid of the discomfort caused by the baby’s runny nose.  

What Causes Runny Nose In Babies?

Most of the time, a baby’s runny nose is caused by colds, especially during winter. Other reasons for baby’s runny nose are:

  • Viral or bacterial infections
  • Allergy
  • Sinus infections
  • Irritation from a foreign body in the nose
  • Cold weather 
  • Excessive crying 

Sometimes a baby’s runny nose can be due to teething especially when a new tooth erupts. This causes the baby’s runny nose because of the body’s inflammatory response to the disruption of the gums.

How Long Does Runny Nose Last?

A runny nose in babies that is caused by a common cold may last for 7-8 days. If it lasts for over ten days then it is best to consult your doctor.

How To Treat Baby’s Runny Nose

A runny nose can make babies cranky and sometimes they may also lose their appetite. Here are some ways you can help comfort your baby:

  • Keep them hydrated

Make sure your baby is well hydrated and is taking their regular amount of formula or breast milk. Fluids help to thin the mucus.

  • Use a humidifier

Using a humidifier can help a baby breathe comfortably when the baby has a runny nose or congestion. Humidifiers help to fill the air with moisture especially in winter when it is drier. 

  • Use a vapour patch

A vapour patch helps give instant relief to a baby suffering from a runny and stuffy nose. It is safe and easy to use. You can either stick these patches to the baby’s clothes or on the baby’s pillow or crib. 

  • Use a bulb suction

Since babies cannot blow their noses, you can use a bulb section to clear the mucus from the baby’s nose, However, you need to be cautious while using one to avoid hurting your baby’s nose.

When Should You Worry About Baby’s Runny Nose? 

If you notice that your baby is having difficulty breathing because the nasal passage is creating an obstruction, then you should consult your doctor. It is also advisable to keep an eye on the colour and texture of the mucus. If it is clear but gradually turns from white to yellow or green, it could be a sign of a viral infection.