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How do you treat a child's congestion or stuffy nose?

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Clear out mucus, by having them blow their nose regularly or using an infant nasal bulb.

Give them fluids.

Add moisture to the air with a cool-mist humidifier, or have them sit in the bathroom with the shower running to breathe in the steam. Saline nose drop can moisten nasal passages.

For related symptoms:

  • If your child is older than a year, try 1/2 to 1 teaspoon of honey for cough.
  • Avoid irritants, such as cigarette smoke.
  • Rub petroleum jelly under their nose to prevent chapping.

SOURCES:

FamilyDoctor.org: "Colds and the Flu in Children."

HealthyChildren.org: "Sinus Pain and Congestion." 

HealthyChildren.org: "Rhinovirus Infections." 

HealthyChildren.org: "Coughs and Colds: Medicines or Home Remedies?"

Reviewed by Dan Brennan on October 22, 2017

SOURCES:

FamilyDoctor.org: "Colds and the Flu in Children."

HealthyChildren.org: "Sinus Pain and Congestion." 

HealthyChildren.org: "Rhinovirus Infections." 

HealthyChildren.org: "Coughs and Colds: Medicines or Home Remedies?"

Reviewed by Dan Brennan on October 22, 2017

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