Decreasing your baby’s mucus production is possible by weakening the mucus usually caused by colds and other viral infections. Mucus buildup and the resulting congestion your baby might experience can make it hard for your baby to sleep or eat; in some cases, big amounts of mucus may cause choking. Since the American Academy of Pediatrics does not suggest using non-prescription cold medications in babies and children, the best option is to use at-home solutions that keep your baby’s congestion under control.
Offer your baby a lot of fluids through his regular feedings of formula or breast milk. There is no need to increase feedings, however encourage him to eat as he usually would when he is not sick.
Give babies older than 6 months old warm liquids, such as broth or chamomile tea, in a sippy cup.
Run a warm-mist humidifier in your baby’s space while he sleeps to moisten his air passages and separate mucus.
Location a rolled-up towel or a pillow under the head of your baby’s baby crib mattress to elevate it. This positions your baby’s head up, permitting the mucus to drain instead of building up.
Run your shower on hot with the door closed and sit with your baby in a bathroom throughout the day whenever he appears crowded to break up the mucus.
Do not suction your baby’s nostrils more than three times a day or you might aggravate the lining.
Call your physician if your baby’s mucus discharge lasts for more than 2 weeks.
Contact your physician right away if your baby refuses to feed, coughs up blood or coughs hard enough to vomit.
Call 911 if your baby has problem breathing.
Spray non-prescription saline drops into your baby’s nose to loosen up thick nasal mucus.
Suction mucus from your baby’s nostrils with a rubber-bulb syringe, particularly after you spray the saline drops into his nose. Squeeze the bottom of the syringe approximately expel the air out of it. Place the syringe about 1/4 inch into your baby’s nostrils. Launch the bulb slowly to begin suctioning the mucus. Get rid of the syringe from his nose and press on the bulb to release the mucus from it.
Clean the bulb syringe after each use with soap and warm water.