About us About us

My baby has a stuffy nose at night, what to do?

A runny nose or a nasal congestion in a baby is a problem that every parent knows well. The real struggle starts when it happens at night making it impossible for the whole family to catch enough sleep.

Be ready to arm yourself with patience, and make sure to follow a couple of guidelines to get rid of a stuffy nose as fast as possible.

DOs:

Saline solution

Putting a few drops of saline solution in the baby’s nose can help to thin the secretion.

Wait a few seconds after using it, then wipe the excess discharge with a tissue.

Nasal aspirator

By using a manual or electric nasal aspirator (also known as a nose cleaner or a nose sucker) you can clear the nose effortlessly and enable the baby to breathe freely.

Here is our hint: clear the child’s nose before bedtime to make it easier for them to fall asleep. It might be better to choose a manual (mouth-operated) nasal aspirator for the night, as it makes no sound and will help the child to get back to sleep. Click here to learn how to choose a nasal aspirator.

For details on how to use a nasal aspirator against a stuffy nose in your baby, click here.

Humidifier

Running a humidifier in the baby’s room while they sleep helps to loosen mucus.

Cool mist is the safest choice as there aren’t any hot parts on the device that could cause accidental burns.

Massage

Gently rubbing the bridge of the nose, eyebrows, cheekbones, hairline, and bottom of the head can be soothing if the baby is congested and fussy.

DON’Ts:

Don’t prop your baby on a pillow or put their mattress on an incline

Doing so increases the risk of SIDS (sudden infant death syndrome) and suffocation.

Don’t underestimate the importance of air quality

Avoid smoking near your baby just as well as taking long walks when your child can be exposed to high levels of air pollution. Those are factors that might increase the risk of nasal congestion and runny nose.

Don’t use scented candles, as strong fragrances can be irritating to the baby’s airways. Don’t let pet dander build up in your home – it can be an allergy factor, causing a stuffy nose, among other symptoms.

We hope you find these tips helpful when your baby has a stuffy nose at night.

Which one is the perfect match for your family?

Nosiboo Pro Electric Nasal Aspirator in 3 colour versions: blue, green, pink, front view

Nosiboo Pro electric nasal aspirator

Nosiboo Go Portable Nasal Aspirator for babies to clear little noses on the go: angled view

Nosiboo Go portable nasal aspirator

Nosiboo Eco Manual Nasal Aspirator for babies using the power of your lungs

Nosiboo Eco manual nasal aspirator


Main picture: @mowmi_juju

Bibliography:

Noris T. (2020) How to Treat Nasal and Chest Congestion in a Newborn? https://www.healthline.com/health/newborn-congestion

Stukus D. (2015) Are Scented Candles and Air Fresheners Harming Your Child? https://www.nationwidechildrens.org/family-resources-education/700childrens/2015/12/are-scented-candles-and-air-fresheners-harming-your-child

Rapaport L. (2020) Air pollution may aggravate nasal suffering with colds and seasonal allergies https://www.reuters.com/article/us-health-pollution-rhinitis-idUSKBN2072RX

You might seem to be browsing from outside US.
You might choose one of our international sites for more relevant content.

Privacy Preference Center

Strictly Necessary

This type of cookies are essential to enable you to move around our website and use its features and/or services.

wp-settings-3, wp-settings-time-3, gdpr[allowed_cookies], gdpr[consent_types], gdpr[privacy_bar], wpml_browser_redirect_test, wordpress_test_cookie, _icl_visitor_lang_js

Statistics

These cookies are used to collect information about how visitors use our website. We use the information to compile reports and to help us improve the website. The cookies collect information in an anonymous form, including the number of visitors to the website and where visitors have come to the website from and the pages they have visited.

_dc_gtm_UA-XXXXXXXX-X, _ga, _gid, _hjIncludedInSample
_dc_gtm_UA-XXXXXXXX-X, _ga, _gid
_hjIncludedInSample