Congestion

Always see a Doctor if you have any concerns about your baby's health.

In newborns congestion is common & is usually nothing to worry about. Newborns under 8 weeks usually breathe through their noses and aren't very good at breathing through their mouth. Having a bunged up or runny nose can make breathing, feeding & sleeping more difficult.

Stuffy noses are caused by inflammation of the tiny membranes in the lining of the nose.

Signs & Symptoms

  • Runny nose.

  • Sneezing.

  • Coughing.

  • Noisy, rapid breathing.

  • Snoring.

How Baby Massage Can Help

Massage can help in 2 ways. Firstly by stimulating the immune system, helping baby's natural defences to fight infection & by draining the lymph glands & sinuses.

Massaging the lymph glands & sinuses can help to prevent & relieve fluid sitting & blocking the sinusses & airways.

When To See A Doctor

Always contact your Doctor if you are concerned about your baby.

  • If baby is under 3 months, especially if accompanied by a fever.

  • Trouble breathing.

  • High temperature over 100 F/38 C.

  • Thick green nasal discharge that continues over a few days.

  • Struggling to feed & producing fewer wet nappies.

  • May have ear pain.

  • Unusual cry.

Seek immediate help if:

  • Breathing difficulties or bluish in colour around the lips.

  • Refuses fluids.

  • Coughs causing vomiting & skin colour change, blood tinged mucus.

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