Babies can get congested when they breathe in cigarette smoke, pollutants, viruses, and other irritants. Their bodies produce extra mucus in the nose and airways to trap and remove these irritants. Exposure to dry air and other weather conditions can also trigger excess mucus production and congestion.
When should I worry about my baby’s congestion?
If your child’s stuffiness is accompanied by a fever, ear pain, a sore throat and/or swollen glands, or you suspect there is a foreign object stuck in her nose, call your pediatrician right away.
Why do babies get so congested?
Congestion occurs when extra fluids (mucus) accumulate in the nose and airways. This is the body’s way of fighting foreign invaders, whether they are viruses or air pollutants. Congestion may give your baby a blocked nose, noisy breathing, or mild trouble feeding.
What are RSV symptoms in babies?
What are the symptoms of RSV in a child?
- Runny nose.
- Short periods without breathing (apnea)
- Trouble eating, drinking, or swallowing.
- Flaring of the nostrils or straining of the chest or stomach while breathing.
- Breathing faster than usual, or trouble breathing.
Should I take my baby to the doctor for congestion?
Call your child’s provider right away if any of these occur: Fever (see Fever and children, below) Symptoms get worse or new symptoms develop. Nasal discharge persists for more than 10 to 14 days.
Does congestion increase risk SIDS?
Pulmonary congestion is present in 89% of SIDS cases (p < 0.001 compared with non-SIDS deaths), and pulmonary edema in 63% (p < 0.01).
Where do you massage a congested baby?
A gentle nasal massage can help loosen and remove any substances clogging your little one’s sinuses. Simply use two fingers to gently rub the area around the top of your baby’s nose. This can also include the region just under your little one’s eyebrows.
What does RSV sound like?
When your pediatrician listens to your baby’s lungs, if they have RSV and bronchiolitis, it actually sounds like Rice Krispies in the lungs; it’s just all crackly.
Does RSV go away on its own?
Most RSV infections go away on their own in a week or two. There is no specific treatment for RSV infection, though researchers are working to develop vaccines and antivirals (medicines that fight viruses).