A mother whose baby was not yet full moon told the doctor about the child’s condition in the clinic and shed tears unconsciously.
Doctor, the baby has been crying and making noises recently and refuses to sleep. I feel so distressed.
After the doctor checked, he told his mother that the baby cried because of nasal congestion.
Nasal obstruction may make the baby cry more than once.
Mom: Does nasal congestion make him cry? Still crying so much?
Doctor: Yes, it will.
Because the newborn baby is not used to breathing with the mouth, until 3 ~ 4 weeks later will slowly get used to it, so this stage of the baby, nasal congestion is very uncomfortable, can only tell parents that they are ill through crying. The feeling of nasal congestion will be more obvious when lying flat and sleeping, and it will be better to pick up.
Mom: It turns out that’s the case. No wonder the baby has to hold it obliquely or vertically before he is willing to sleep. He cries and makes noises when he puts it down. Sometimes the baby looks hungry, but he is not willing to eat milk. Sometimes I cry as soon as I’m ready to eat milk, or I don’t eat milk for a while and then cry.
Doctor: Don’t worry, the baby has these manifestations. It’s not that he is unwilling to eat milk, but that he is afraid that his nose will be stuffed when eating milk.
Why does the baby have nasal congestion?
Mom: Then why does the baby have nasal congestion?
Doctor: The baby’s nose is very sensitive. When inhaling cold air, the resistance inside the nose will increase. In addition, the baby’s nasal mucosa is tender and rich in blood vessels. Therefore, it is easy to swell and block the nasal cavity when stimulated by cold air. In fact, hot air will also stimulate the nose, resulting in increased nasal resistance, but it is not as obvious as cold air.
The causes of baby nasal obstruction are complicated,
Mom: Oh? Is that a cold?
Doctor: Babies within 6 months generally do not catch a cold easily. If it is just a simple nasal obstruction, then most of them are not colds, but their noses are stimulated a little.
There are many reasons for nasal congestion. In addition to cold air stimulation, common cold or influenza, measles, scarlet fever, rhinitis, sinusitis, adenoid hypertrophy and other diseases may cause nasal mucosa edema and nasal congestion.
The persistent nasal obstruction that does not relieve may be some special circumstances, such as congenital choanal atresia, nasal septum deviation, etc. If a slightly larger baby has unilateral persistent nasal obstruction, accompanied by exhalation odor and pus and blood nasal discharge, it is necessary to be careful of nasal foreign bodies.
Mom: Huh? So complicated, I have allergic rhinitis myself, if the baby always has nasal congestion, will it be rhinitis?
Doctor: It may be rhinitis, but it cannot be determined immediately. If the baby has nasal obstruction when it comes into contact with things that are easy to cause allergy (such as pollen, dust, etc.), or sneezes, runny nose and itchy nose at the same time, it may be rhinitis.
Baby’s nose is stuffed, you can try these three moves first.
Mom: How do you know if the baby has nasal congestion?
Doctor: When the baby’s nose is congested, he may cry, gasp for breath, wheeze or snore while sleeping. When he is older, he may also have signs such as opening his mouth and breathing.
Mom: I see, will long-term nasal congestion have adverse effects on what?
Doctor: Yes, Long-term nasal obstruction can affect olfactory function, cause appetite loss, infants may also lead to malnutrition. If nasal obstruction forms the habit of long-term mouth opening breathing, air directly enters respiratory tract through throat without nasal cavity purification, and air with germs may directly invade, thus easily causing pharyngolaryngitis, bronchitis and even pneumonia.
Mom: So horrible? What should I do?
So the doctor introduced three ways to relieve the baby’s nasal congestion:
- Raise the indoor temperature to a comfortable level, not too hot. Hold the baby vertically and lie on his side after falling asleep. (Small-month-old babies need to be under the supervision of their parents to prevent them from becoming prone) Try to apply a wet hot towel to the root of the baby’s nose.
If these methods do not work, can they be used?
Mom: These methods are simple. I will definitely try them next time. What if it cannot be relieved? Can I use what medicine?
Doctor: We should pay more attention to the problem of medication, which is generally the case.
- If the previous methods cannot alleviate it, You can atomize or rinse your nose with normal saline. If it cannot be relieved, Especially when there is persistent nasal congestion, You can use antiallergic drugs. However, these all depend on the age of the baby. So it should be done under the guidance of a doctor. In the event of acute and severe nasal congestion, Under the guidance of a doctor, Use low concentration of 0.5% ephedrine or oxymethazoline hydrochloride to drop nose. If the child has nasal obstruction and rhinitis or sinusitis, Nasal hormones can be used to relieve. Intranasal hormones are safer and usually do not affect children’s growth and development according to regulations. If these treatments are ineffective, then the cause of nasal obstruction should be re-searched, and special circumstances such as intranasal foreign bodies should be excluded. Surgical treatment may be required when necessary.
Mom: I am relieved to have so many ways to deal with it. Is there any way to prevent nasal congestion?
Doctor: There are some preventive measures. Although they cannot be completely prevented, they can at least reduce the number of nasal congestion.
- Reduce the stimulation of cold and hot air, Pay attention to indoor temperature and humidity, Pay attention to ventilation. Do not frequently enter and leave places with large temperature difference. Pay attention to adding and subtracting clothes when the weather changes. But relatively afraid of cold, the baby is more afraid of heat, therefore, don’t wear too much for the baby, otherwise the baby sweats not dry in time is more likely to catch a cold. If nasal congestion is suspected to be related to allergy, then parents should pay attention to what will make the baby allergic, and try to avoid, especially pollen, dust, animal fur, etc.
Mom: Well, I see. The baby’s nasal congestion is really troublesome, but I know better after listening to the doctor. Thank you, doctor!
Doctor: You’re welcome. If the baby suffers from repeated nasal congestion or nasal congestion, especially when accompanied by other cold symptoms, he should come back for reexamination.