Tips for Feeding an Infant With a Stuffy Nose

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Today we're going to talk about respiratory illnesses in young children.

One of the most challenging things about having a child with a cold, an upper

respiratory infection, viral cold, whatever you want to call it, is making

sure that this child is eating, drinking, taking in fluids, basically staying

hydrated. The changes you may find when your infant is breastfeeding and they

have a cold is that your infant may feed more often, shorter amounts of time. It's

harder to stay on the breast longer when you're very congested. If you're bottle

feeding your baby you're going to have similar challenges to breast feeding and

you have to change the schedule up just a little bit. If your baby is bothered by

the congestion and they just can't manage getting to the breast or holding

that nipple into the mouth or even keeping their pacifier in when they

want to, then you might want to help them out by clearing out some of the

congestion out of their nose. So here we have our baby whose nose is all full of

snot, cannot breathe through the nose and is really pretty angry with this. So what

we're going to do now is take a couple of drops of the saline, you're gonna put

a couple of drops of saline in one side of the nose and then you're gonna take

your bulb suction, you're going to hold on the other side of the nose

squeeze the bulb, put the bulb into the nose and then suck like that. The biggest

mistake that parents make with this, two actually, one is that they don't use the

saline, so they just take the bulb and try to suck out whatever they can see in

there, not as effective. The other mistake is

that they take the bulb, they put it in there and they forget to put a seal

around the bulb, so if you're not pushing down the other side of the

nostril when you're pulling that out you're not getting the same power of

suction. And now we have the nose frida, and the nose frida is parent powered.

So with this same thing, remember to moisten the tissues in the nose put a couple of

drops in there, and then what you're going to do is you're going to put your

suction, one end here, this is your suction end, this is like the end of your

blue bulb. And then this is going to go in your mouth

and you're gonna breathe in. No, you are not going to get a mouthful of boogers I

promise you, however you are gonna have a baby who is now so happy because they

can breathe through their nose and eat again. So if you have a baby that just

will not take formula or will not take the breast, you still have to get this

baby hydrated. You don't need to worry about your calories right now but you do

need to worry about getting fluid into the baby making sure that this baby is still

hydrated. So that's when our friend Pedialyte comes into play. You're gonna

go ahead and take your syringe, fill up, this syringe is about 10 mLs is how

much we get in this syringe, so not a lot, so you're going very slow with this

you're gonna clear out the baby's nose just like we talked about and then

you're gonna go slowly dropping little bits of the Pedialyte into the baby's

mouth, now this process can be really tedious this could be you feeding your

infant every fifteen to thirty minutes just to get a little bit of fluids into

her but it will keep you out of the hospital and out of the emergency room

which is really what we all want.