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Natural Remedies for Clearing a Baby’s Stuffy Nose

Updated on June 17, 2014

Natural Remedies for Clearing a Baby’s Stuffy Nose

It’s two in the morning and your child has awakened you with a stuffy nose. You realize you are too tired to try to explain to your child how to blow their nose. This is especially challenging if your child is age two or younger. What should you do? You don’t want to give your child medicine and probably can’t if they are two and under. You want to use something natural and quick to prepare… Are there natural remedies for clearing a baby’s stuff nose?


  • Cool Mist Humidifier. My daughter’s pediatrician initially recommended a cool mist humidifier at night while elevating her head. The humidifier does not need to be directly on your child. You want to avoid getting your child and the bed linens wet from the mist. Elevation of the head can be achieved by placing a thick book or firm pillow under the head of your child’s mattress. How much elevation should be determined by what will keep your child comfortable without causing them to roll. It is important to note that you need to clean the humidifier daily to prevent the growth of mold and bacteria.
  • You can try using saline drops to help thin the mucus and then use an aspirator or bulb syringe to extract the mucus. Please do not get rid of the pointy tip aspirator the hospital provided you with after your baby’s birth. This is a very useful tool for infants into toddler stage. However, you may have received an aspirator in a healthcare kit that included a thermometer and measuring device for medicine as a shower gift. You will notice that the tip is a lot wider and shorter than the one you received from the hospital or your baby’s doctor. You will find that this wider version will work well for your child around two or older. Your child will definitely be more active and the wider tip version will be safer to use. If you are not able to get to a store to purchase saline drops, you can make your own. You’ll need a cup of water that you will boil for about ten minutes. Add a ¼ teaspoon of uniodized salt (kosher salt will work fine), to the water and include about 1/8 of a teaspoon of baking soda. After the salt and baking soda has dissolved with a quick stir, wait until the solution is warm and use a dropper or the aspirator/bulb syringe to drop a couple of drops into your child’s nose. This will then allow you to extract the mucus more freely with the aspirator/bulb syringe. The older your child becomes and aware of their surroundings, it might become a little challenging to go through this process. However, please believe me it is worth the effort. You will notice a notable difference with their breathing. Keep in mind that your child does not understand the concept of blowing their nose. So don’t be surprised by how much mucus you may extract. Your child will be much happier after you’ve completed this process. With every use of the aspirator/bulb syringe make sure to clean it well. You can use an equal part of water and hydrogen peroxide or hot soapy water.
  • Eucalyptus essential oil. Please be aware that it is not recommended for infants younger than two months. Eucalyptus Smithii has been considered safer for children. A popular method is taking a bowl of boiling water and placing two to three drops of the eucalyptus essential oil into it. The steam will disperse the oil into the air of your child’s room. It should have a calming effect and your child’s breathing should improve as their air passages clear.

There were many times that I found myself using more than one of these remedies during an episode of clearing my daughter’s stuffy nose. Each event can be different so having knowledge on what your options are does help you with assisting your child to be the most comfortable naturally.

Please be advised that the information provided does not take the place of that of your child’s healthcare professional. These are just helpful hints that have worked for me and my family.

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      JP Carlos 4 years ago from Quezon CIty, Phlippines

      My baby sleeps better with Vicks. It makes her breathe better. She does not like saline drops.