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My dd just turned 5 weeks...and for the past week she has been STRUGGLING with a plugged nose, especially at night. (Has not made for much sleep for me!). I've tried: humidifier, saline drops, keeping her head up...you name it. I know it'll run it's course, but I can't do it much longer.<br><br>
My lastest thought was: can I put TTO or oil of oregano (mixed with a carrier, of course) on my baby's chest to help her breathe? I do it with my older kids...but is 5 weeks too young? I don't want her on traditional medicine...but she (and I!) need help!<br><br>
tia!!<br>
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I wouldn't put anything that strong on the skin of a child that age.<br><br>
Have you tried breast milk in the nose? I use a spoon to tip it in. It helps a lot more than saline.<br><br>
Also, have you seen one of those <a href="http://www.nosefrida.com/" target="_blank">Nosefrida</a> things?
 

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I will sometimes hang out in the bathroom with a very hot shower running into a tub with eucalyptus bath stuff in it for a half hour or so when he is plugged up. It seems to help.
 

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That's exactly what I have always done with my kids (still do.<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol"> ).<br>
The steam, particularly, helps them a lot.<br>
Of course, there's the added benefit that when they're sick, they're the cleanest kids I know. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/winky.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Wink">
 

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I'm wondering what could be causing such a plugged nose? Does she have a cold, is it something you're maybe eating, or perhaps something environmental? Yeah, the shower steam idea should help. I hope she feels better soon, so you can get some rest!
 

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I'm not a huge fan of doctors, but if she has been plugged up for a while I would worry about ear infections and go get it checked out. You don't have to give antibiotics, just find out about her ears. Why do you think she is stuffed up?<br><br>
Homeopathic remedies are safe for infants that young, I would try one that is specific to her symptoms or be yet talk to a homeopath (is that what they are called? I am having a brain fart.) You just dissolve the tablet in water then give it to them with an eye dropper, or get highlands brand they dissolve really fast.
 

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I second trying an aspirator of some sort. It is not fun for them but definately helps. We also tried steamy bathroom, humidifier, saline drops, lying her on an angle. Eventually it just went away.<br>
Good luck
 
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