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#1 of 11 Old 12-19-2006, 01:35 AM - Thread Starter
 
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My daughter (who will be 5 weeks old on Wednesday), has a stuffy nose every night. She wakes up rubbing it, sniffling, and generally getting frustrated from not being able to breathe easily. I know it's not due to a cold, because during the day she is fine...it's just at night. I'm thinking it has something to do with lying down for a few hours at a time (during the day, we're always holding/carrying her around, so she changes position very often)...could that be it? Has anyone experienced this? It's upsetting for me since I feel helpless when she's so uncomfortable. What can I do about it? We use a humidifier (set on high) every night, so it's not dry air either...

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Can sometimes be caused by reflux. I have reflux myself and tend to get stuffier in the night hours.

Maybe dry air at night?? Could you turn your heat down a little more when you all go to bed??


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I experienced this in the early weeks with DS. You are right that it is not a cold. Their little bodies just take time to get used this new word. In australis we have a product called Fess. It is saline nose drops and it helps keep things soft and enables them to come out. It has been great over the passed 8mths. Hope this helps.
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I second the saline nose drops. It keeps their little nasal passages moist. Are you co-sleeping? You may be able to stick a wedge under the sheet that will elevate her head slightly.

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Thanks for the suggestions ladies. I have heard of saline drops as well, and was considering using them. Are they JUST saline, or do they have all kinds of additives? And would I have to get a special type just for babies? Kylena, I'm not sure if we have Fess here, but I will check. I guess I'll ask my pharmacist for recommendations.

We are mostly co-sleeping. She sleeps in her bassinet when I first put her down, and then I stay up a bit longer, and when she wakes up the first time for a feed, I bring her into bed with me, and we sleep until morning. Usually she sleeps with my arm under her head, so her head seems to be elevated.

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DD has the same trouble, there have been a few nights when I had to turn the light on at 4am to suck her nose out because she couldn't breathe through it well enough to nurse. We use Little Noses brand saline, nothing but saline and water in it. I'm stuffy at night too, I always figure it has something to do with laying down for so long. I was afraid to use the nasal aspirator for the longest time, I assumed it would make her cry, in fact she loves it and laughs at the thing.
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Thanks for the suggestions ladies. I have heard of saline drops as well, and was considering using them. Are they JUST saline, or do they have all kinds of additives? And would I have to get a special type just for babies? Kylena, I'm not sure if we have Fess here, but I will check. I guess I'll ask my pharmacist for recommendations.

We are mostly co-sleeping. She sleeps in her bassinet when I first put her down, and then I stay up a bit longer, and when she wakes up the first time for a feed, I bring her into bed with me, and we sleep until morning. Usually she sleeps with my arm under her head, so her head seems to be elevated.

Thanks again!
I've got a homemade recipe for the saline solution if you want it (no additives). Got to go but will check back later if you want me to post it and I will.

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Dallaschildren, yes please!

Erin, good idea with the aspirator...does it really work if the "nose contents" are super dry, or do you spray the saline first, wait a while, and then aspirate? BTW, I checked out your album, and it seems like we have a few things in common...our daughters were the same weight at birth, we both picked uncommon, old-fashioned names for them, we have cats that are also getting less attention, I have a similar hotsling, and both our dd's have blue eyes and brownish hair...weird how I noticed these things!

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I usually give her a drop of saline on each side and then go "snot fishing" with the aspirator. I'm sure every nose is different, dd stores her boogers way up high, it takes a few sucks to tease the sticky little things down.

I can't believe I'm spending my saturday morning discussing baby boogers. Ah motherhood.

I'm very interested in the homemade saline recipe too!
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Are you nursing while lying down? I had the same problem, only stuffy at night. Then one night I noticed that excess milk she wasn't able to swallow was actually going from around her lips up her nose making her stuffy. Maybe because supply increases at night?
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I know another poster already mentioned reflux--does she have any of the other symptoms (choking, spitting up, gassiness)? Stuffiness is normal in the beginning, like others said, but not for very long I don't think. Just keep an eye out for possible reflux.
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