One of the most common ailments that can attack your baby is the common cold. The intensity of the cold is of many levels, and it affects your baby in various ways.
Mucus accumulation in the throat of a baby is one of the common side effects of a severe cold or common flu infection. Your baby finds it difficult to breathe in these cases and is an irritable condition always.
Here are some ways in which you can clear mucus (also known as phlegm) from a baby’s throat effectively. Needless to say, if the condition doesn’t subside, you will have to seek medical help right away.
Thinning the mucus with the help of moisture
The best way to get out of the phlegm is to thin the mucus in the baby’s throat so that it comes out easily, giving ultimate relief to the baby. You can do this thinning process with the help of a humidifier. It is important to note your baby’s cough pattern before you try out this method.
In case of your baby having severe bouts of wet cough, you should use cold mist from the humidifier to thin the mucus.
On the other hand, if your baby has a dry cough, you need to use warm mist. Alternatively, you can also open the hot shower in your bathroom to create steam.
Take the baby there and make it inhale the moisture to get relief. The simplest step is to heat water in a pot for a few hours to create moisture in the room.
In a nutshell, making good use of moisture is the best way to get rid of mucus in your baby’s throat, naturally.
Saline drops with a bulb syringe
Here is a disclaimer – it is imperative that you get advice from your pediatrician before you proceed with this step. Here, you need to make the baby lie down and spray one or two drops of saline spray (pediatrician recommended) into the nostrils.
This will thin the mucus and allow it to pass into the pharynx smoothly. The next step is to suck out the mucus from here, with the help of a bulb syringe.
You need to insert the syringe into both the nostrils (leave a gap after you are done with one nostril) and then forcefully press the syringe’s bulb to suck out the mucus.
When you do this often, you can clear the mucus from your baby’s throat, thereby enabling it to breathe easily.
Some essential points
It is very important that your baby is exclusively breastfed until it is six months old. Mother’s milk is rich in nutrients and keeps the baby’s body feel hydrated, thereby avoiding accumulation of mucus in the throat or chest.
When you are putting your baby to sleep, you need to ensure that its body is placed in a slightly raised position. You can do this by putting a pillow under the baby’s mattress.
This will allow the mucus to pass through easily, without getting blocked anywhere.
In a bid to get a quick solution, never rely on OTC medications for your baby as these can come with some serious side effects. Always take your pediatrician’s advice before giving any medicines to your baby.
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