Colds & Congestion

The most effective method to help relieve congestion is nasal saline and suctioning.

Instill several drops of nasal saline (available at any pharmacy or grocery store), one nostril at a time, and repeat several times throughout the day as needed. Be very gentle when suctioning the nose and limit to twice a day.

If your baby has difficulty breathing or eating, or if suctioning is needed more than twice a day, call your pediatrician.

You may also run a humidifier in your baby’s room. If your baby has a temperature of 100.4 or higher (the definition of fever), she should be evaluated by a doctor. Mild cold symptoms without fever may be treated at home.

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