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A newborn's runny nose - what to do if a small child is ill


The disease does not choose. It can attack anyone, even a child just born. When a baby develops a runny nose, parents often wring their hands and become very stressful. Although the situation is serious, because even a "trivial" infection in such a small child can develop into something more serious, there are ways that help reduce the risk of complications.

Is it really a runny nose? Or maybe sapka?

A clogged nose in a newborn baby does not have to mean a cold. Sapka is a common cause. There are many reasons why a newborn baby breathes heavily:

  • the presence of fetal membranes in the child's nasal passages, it takes several days for them to be removed,
  • the newborn does not breathe regularly, usually takes a few shallow breaths, and then takes a deep breath, which may suggest that the baby's nose is blocked and the newborn has a runny nose,
  • in the first weeks of life many children suffer from reflux, some babies get milk in the nasal septum, which can lead to swelling
  • in the baby's nasal passage there are hairs that trap dirt (similar to adults), the presence of microorganisms can give the impression of heavy breathing and runny nose.

A newborn baby's runny nose? Go to the doctor

Do you think it's a newborn baby's runny nose? Don't you consider sapie? Or maybe you have doubts? No matter what answer you give, it's important that you make an appointment with your pediatrician.

Any disturbing symptoms in such a small child as a newborn should be explained and verified by an experienced person on an ongoing basis. This is important because they can quickly turn into something more serious, for example pneumonia.

What should prompt you to visit?

For sure:

  • trouble breathing
  • scratching while breathing
  • rattling or hoarse noises when sucking the breasts,
  • malaise of the child
  • food problems
  • higher temperature
  • other cold symptoms, for example cough.

Your doctor will usually recommend a newborn's runny nose or stuffy nose cleansing with saline, by dripping it into each nostril.

It can be helpful using a humidifier, especially during the heating season, to ensure optimal humidity. However, do not place the device close to the cot and regularly check its cleanliness.

Make sure that the child drank a lot. During illness, she may refuse to suck on her breast for a long time, however, put your baby in to prevent dehydration. If you are feeding with a bottle, often give small amounts of water or a cold tea.