Holy moly has my life been a little crazy! Over the course of one month I gave birth, had sever mastitis, and had a super sick one-month-old in the hospital with RSV. Things are finally settling down here though and I’m finally feeling like I’m in my groove with the new addition to our family. (I’m scared to say that though because I swear every time I do something bad happens!!!)
One issue that has been lingering for my little baby though is congestion. It is so annoying! Some nights he sounds like he’s not breathing at all! Luckily I know all the horrible signs of what that looks like from his spout with RSV so I’m a little less worried, but it still makes me lose sleep sometimes. Thanks to a lot of helpful mama’s, nurses, and doctors I’ve gotten a lot of really great tips to help so I thought I’d share them for anyone else struggling with this!
Aerosol Spray Saline: This is your new best friend! My cousin-in-law told me about it and it is way easier to spray in your baby’s nose and much more effective than the regular kind.
Steam Your Bathroom: I didn’t think this would work much better than a humidifier but it is amazing the difference. I do this every night and my son sleeps much better. All you have to do is close off all doors and let the shower run really hot.
Use a Nasal Aspirator: A lot of people have heard of a nose freeda. I have one and loved it but this electric aspirator is only $2 more and is a ton better! It has a smaller opening so it fit better in my little one’s nose, and it didn’t leave me breathless after using it. Once your child’s congestion has calmed down though, a nasal aspirator can make it worse so be careful not to overdue it.
Use the saline and aspirator like a neti pot: Put the saline in through one nostril and suck it out through the other!
Wear your baby: I quickly realized that when I wore my son a lot during the day his congestion was much better at night. I think it helped it all to drain.
Hang in there! It will get better!