Easy Tips to Help Clear Your Child’s Stuffy Nose

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The dreaded cold and flu season is here and sneezes and viruses are everywhere. My own children were very sick a few weeks ago and many of my little one’s friends are currently sick.

Prevention is always the way to go but sometimes catching the cold/flu is inevitable!

Is your little one sick? Here are some tips with some simple things you can do to help:

  • Use a humidifier or have them breath in the steam from a hot shower

A stuffy or congested nose occurs when the tissues lining it become swollen. The swelling is due to inflamed blood vessels. Breathing in moist air can significantly help sooth the irritated tissue. Use a humidifier in your child’s room to help reduce congestion.  Don’t have one? Then take your little one to the bathroom, close the door, turn the hot water on the shower an allow it to run while you sit close to the tub. Breathing in the steam from the shower will help thin out any mucus and also reduce inflammation.

  • Use a nasal saline spray

Just a few sprays of a saline mist solution like Boogie Mist in each nostril will help clear and moisturize nasal passages. These also help thining the mucus, which in turn will help decrease the inflammation of their blood vessels.  Using a saline mist before trying a nasal aspirator also makes it easier to remove all the mucus and congestion.

  • Use a Nasal Aspirator

Use a Nasal Aspirator or snotsucker like the NoseFrida to gently remove mucus from the nose. It may sound gross but it is actually very hygienic and safe. I have used it many times and it really provides fast relief.

  • Keep them Hydrated

Keep your little one hydrated with water, tea, soup and natural juices. If they are younger then ensure you are breastfeeding them often or offering enough water. Hydration is very important when you are sick, staying hydrated helps thinning the mucus, reducing pressure in their sinuses and pushing the fluids out of their nose.

Finally, don’t forget to use gentle wipes when blowing your little one’s nose. A chapped nose is not fun and it will just add to their discomfort. We use Boogie Wipes, they are very gentle and they are alcohol-free!

How do you prepare to survive cold and flu season?

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Hi, my name is Angela van Tijn and I live in Vancouver, Canada with my wonderful husband, our two boys and our puppy. I am the founder and primary contributor behind One Smiley Monkey. Welcome to my blog!
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13 responses to “Easy Tips to Help Clear Your Child’s Stuffy Nose”

  1. Laurie P — March 19, 2015 @ 7:13 am (#)

    My girl has yet to be sick in all her 2.5 years, we’ve been pretty lucky this season considering all the viruses going around.

    Great suggestions here!…..we have a supply of Boogie wipes just in case, and I really want to get a hold of a humidifier to have in the house.

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  2. Dia ah — March 19, 2015 @ 2:18 pm (#)

    Great tips!

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  3. Anne Taylor — March 20, 2015 @ 9:32 am (#)

    We are actually going out later today to find a humidifier for our baby grandson. He’s been a bit stuffy the last couple of days!

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  4. kathy downey — March 22, 2015 @ 8:56 am (#)

    Thanks for sharing your tips,we finally have the grandkids well after 4 weeks of the nasty cold and coupy coughs

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  5. Aliya D — March 22, 2015 @ 11:11 am (#)

    Thank you for the tips… I have a little boy who is sick right now and miserable. I have tried everything except the Nasal Saline Spray and the Nasal Aspirator. He hates the latter, so will try the spray.

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  6. kathy downey — March 24, 2015 @ 7:43 am (#)

    Finally got the kids all better and I wake this morning with a sore throat and runny nose

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  7. Melinda L. — March 31, 2015 @ 6:39 am (#)

    Good tips. Nothing much to add. The humidifier works wonders, I love it so much

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  8. Elizabeth Matthiesen — April 18, 2015 @ 7:09 pm (#)

    Good tips, thanks for sharing. Luckily my kids are all adults but I do remember what it was like when they were feeling under the weather. I can’t believe how my grandchildren go through so many tissues. One wipe/blow and out it goes!

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  9. kathy downey — May 9, 2015 @ 2:00 pm (#)

    These are perfect tips !

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  10. Victoria Ess — June 18, 2015 @ 8:12 pm (#)

    Boogie mist works like a charm! I also like Neilmed saline products.

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  11. Elaine Buonsante — July 15, 2015 @ 10:54 pm (#)

    Great tips and how I wish some of these tools were available when my children were babies!

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  12. kathy downey — August 13, 2015 @ 2:54 pm (#)

    Fall is fast approaching,we soon need to be putting those tips into action

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  13. kathy downey — September 26, 2015 @ 1:52 pm (#)

    I cant believe Fall is here all ready and the kids are back in school,and it soon be cold/flu time again,hope you are all stocked up on tissue and vit.c/d

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