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    blocked nose

    hey my daughter is 3 weeks old and she has a blocked nose what can i do

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    I am an Audiologist (hearing specialist) and have often seen babies in the clinic with a blocked/ snuffly nose so I thought I would respond to your post.

    First, I just wanted to check if your baby has a fever or any other symptoms? If your baby does have a raised temperature (or any other symptoms you are concerned about) then it would be best to get her checked by your doctor or health visitor as she is only 3 weeks old.

    If it is just a blocked nose that is the issue then there are some things you can do to help to unblock it. Are you breastfeeding? If you squeeze out a few drops of breast milk and rub it gentle into her nostrils this can help to both loosen any dried mucous and also to get rid of a cold. Breast milk has amazing healing properties! If you are breastfeeding, are you still able to feed ok with the blocked nose? If your baby is feeling poorly, they may break the latch more frequently and need feeding more often. The best thing is just to feed on demand (day and night).

    You can also sit with your baby in a steamy shower room (as long as its not too hot) for around 10 minutes at a time. Breathing in the steam should really help to loosen the mucous in the nose. If her nose still seems blocked, try adding a few drops of an essential oil to the bath before you run the shower so that the steam is combined with the essential oil. Be careful to sit far enough away from the shower with your baby.

    You can also buy salt water drops and a pipette to drop gently into your baby's snuffly nose.

    I hope some of these suggestions help - please let us know how you get on.

    Best wishes,


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