You will wipe a lot of things as a parent. Mouths, bottoms and noses tend to top the list! The timeless battle with runny and stuffy noses becomes a constant struggle when your baby is not big enough to blow or wipe her own nose.
In the midst of fighting the nuisance of a runny nose, it’s helpful to recognize what kind of germs or allergens you’re dealing with. How do you do this? Well, the mucus tells a story. If you can identify the “icky” stuff, you can figure out how to ease the symptoms:
Clear Runny Secretions
If your baby seems happy, but she has a runny nose with clear discharge, she probably just has a little cold or an allergy. As we discussed in Baby's First Cold, mucus is simply the way the body gets rid of unwanted germs. Think of it as a self-flushing mechanism. If you’re baby is eating, sleeping and otherwise seems all smiles, a clear runny nose is nothing to worry about.
Helpful hint! Little Remedies Sterile Saline Mist is great to use on a little nose with clear runny secretions. You can make sure the nasal passages stay clear as your baby’s immune system fights this little cold away.
Yellow and Green Mucus
If you’re seeing a thick nasal discharge that is yellowish or greenish in color, that means your baby’s germ-repelling soldiers are fighting extra hard. That doesn’t mean she’s losing the war against germs, but it means you need to keep an eye on it.
Helpful hint! If she still seems happy and she isn’t running a fever, you can use Little Remedies Stuffy Nose Kit to help her flush out the mucus. It has a soft, flexible angled tip aspirator (medical grade) and non-medicated saline spray/drops. Using these products together can quickly ease her runny nose symptoms.
When to Visit the Doctor
If your baby is getting crankier and starts running a fever, it’s time to visit the pediatrician. If she isn’t running a fever, but you see yellow or green drainage in her eyes, you should definitely see the doctor because that can be a sign or an ear infection or a sinus infection.
Helpful hint! Did you know Little Remedies makes pain and fever reliever for newborns and children? No matter how old your baby may be, Little Remedies has exactly what you need to ease her discomfort safely and quickly. There’s a dosing chart on the box, so you know how much and how often you should administer it.