So W's been stuffy on-and-off for the past three weeks; I understand that a little bit of stuffiness is normal, but in the last few days she's gotten more stuffed up, has actually had a runny nose twice, and will wake up in the night crying because her nose is so plugged she can't breathe.
So far I've been doing the following:
- steam up bathroom and sit in there for about 10 minutes or so (I usually do this once a day, and we 'chat' and work on her leg muscles; she loves to stand!)
- run the warm-air humidifier in the bedroom during the night. She also sleeps beside me so after nursing I'll prop her head and shoulders in the crook of my arm; it seems to help.
- if she naps off me, I prop her on her breastfeeding pillow, again so her head and shoulders are elevated.
I've tried aspirating her nose a couple times, but there's nothing to suck out; it's like all the congestion is in her sinuses, plus, how does one actually successfully aspirate a baby's nose without them being comatose? When I read directions, all it says is something like "gently insert nasal aspirator into baby's nostril and suction" and it doesn't say anything about how you have to practically lay on them to keep them from moving while you do it... I've tried shooting breastmilk up her nose but again, it's so difficult to keep her head still to actually hit the target :P
Is there another way to get breastmilk up her nose? Do I need to be worried? She has no fever or anything, so I don't really see a point in taking her to the doctor. (She has her two-month checkup and vax next week, so if she's still stuffy I'll ask my doctor then)
Could it just be the weather or how dry our apartment is?? We're supposed to hit 9 degrees Celsius today, and I'd love to walk to the library, but should I be taking her out if she's so stuffy? I know for me, fresh air always makes me feel better, but does that go for babies as well? Ack!
Any tips and tricks or suggestions would be greatly appreciated!