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10 Ways to Solve Baby Congestion the Easy Way at Home

The absolute WORST part about baby congestion is the snot crystals that line the rim of her nostrils like a margarita glass.

I can’t stand them.  It’s like an itch I have to scratch.  I see a snot crust and my hand automatically begins searching around for a warm wet T-shirt to start scrubbing.

Since I don’t think I’m the only mom desperate for a baby congestion solution, here are ten solutions that will get that nose breathing again!  (And a breathing nose sleeps better… *wink*)

Solving Baby Congestion the Easy Way

The key in solving baby congestion is to…

  1. Make sure it’s not just noisy breathing (see below).

  2. Keep the air around him from being too dry.

  3. Suck those nasal passages clean so he can breathe. (I’ve got some great tricks below on this.)

  4. Know what the other sick signs that indicate your baby’s congestion needs a doctor’s opinion (see below).

The Baby Congestion Faker:
Noisy Breathing

There is an imposter that likes to pose as baby congestion, though you should know about.  It’s called noisy breathing.  His cute little button nose has extremely tiny nasal passages that are very sensitive to dry air.

A dry nose can make congestion sounds because of the air rushing past the dried chunks of snot.  (Granted, that’s not my prettiest description, but it’s accurate.)

If your infant isn’t acting like he feels sick (fussy, not eating well), and there’s no snot dripping down his face like a faucet, you most likely have a dry nose problem, and not an infection. Give him a few squirts of a saline solution, put an adorable humidifier in his room, and he’ll be as right as rain in no time.

That said…

If he is acting sick and leaving a slime trail everywhere he goes…
it’s time to hit it on the head nose.

*10 poetry points*

My true feelings about the bulb syringe

The World’s Most Useless Baby Congestion
Tool in the History of Mankind

Your infant is incapable of blowing his nose.  This means all that nasty stuff stays in there unless you take it out.  And what do most people suggest you use to get that snot out?

Yep. The blub syringe.

But I, my friend, am not most people. 

I will end the tyranny of the bulb syringe once and for all. You see…*whispering* it’s evil. It looks like it should be your new best friend.  Promising buckets and buckets of removed snot.


The most you’ll get is a few pathetic blobs that were hanging by a chad anyway.

Why this great deception?

First of all, the thick rubber makes it hard to squeeze and create air suction. Secondly, unless you can stick it far enough up in your baby’s nose to create a complete seal, it’s not going to be able to draw the deep stuff out.  And that’s where the gold is. 

The deeper the snot you mine, the longer he will remain congestion free.  This means better eating and longer sleeping for everyone.

After coming to LOATHE the bulb syringe with my two oldest babies,  my husband and I took a chance at an odd looking tube-contraption and found the device we were dreaming of. Seriously, it hits jackpot every single time.  

It’s my #1 gift for baby showers, and I love it so much that I’m willing to endure the YUCK face that every pre-mother gives when opening it.  I can see them trying to be polite, thanking me for a gift they are SURE they will never use.

Until it’s 2am and they are so desperate they would try anything.  Usually I get a call about 8 hours after that, thanking me so much for the gift they had sworn off.  Yep, I’m a ninja gift giver for sure.

A Quick List of Baby Congestion Home Remedies

Besides my favorite nuclear nose-sucker, here are some other nasal baby congestion remedies I recommend.

  1. Offer breastmilk or formula more frequently throughout the day.  A well-hydrated infant will keep the snots from solidifying, making baby congestion worse.
  2. Put some vaseline on his upper lip to protect the skin from the constant wiping and use extra-soft T-shirts or boogie wipes to prevent irritating the skin.
  3. For all-natural mamas, try the homeopathic Sinus Soothe to help baby breathe better at night.  If he seems to be producing extra buckets of snot, add in some Mucus Clear.  The same company also makes a wonderful health supplement for babies over a year old called Kiddie Boost to avoid those nasty colds in the first place!
  4. Place a pillow between the crib springs and the mattress, so the mattress is slightly inclined.  (Slightly.  You don’t want her rolling down a hill.)  The incline helps the mucus to drain better down the throat and avoid sticking around (get it? STICKING? *eye roll*) inside the nasal cavities.
  5. Hylands makes a really good homeopathic nighttime mucus and cold remedy that generations of parents have found effective. Considering the crappy sleep everyone has been getting, it’s worth the try!
  6. Add a cute humidifier to your infant’s room.  Extra moisture is essential in keeping the snot from crystallizing and blocking up the nose.
  7. Wear your baby in a sling in an upright or angled position.  Not only will he be soothed by your close presence, the angle will help with drainage.
  8. Give your baby probiotics to strengthen his immune system.
  9. Give a little nasal massage to help with baby congestion.  This YouTube video demonstrates how to do this on an adult, but it can be easily adapted for an infant.
  10. Shallots! Reader Lucy had a great tip using eucalpytus oil and shallots.  See her tip here.

ESSENTIAL UPDATE!  A helpful reader *ahem Jason* shared this link – which reiterates that Vicks Vapo-Rub should not be used in children under the age of 2.  I would recommend using this all natural eucalyptus tummy rub instead.

What You Need to Watch For

When it comes to your congested baby, there are two major things you should be watching for.

Signs of Troubled Breathing

Firstly,  you want to watch for signs of troubled breathing.  Place your ear on your baby’s bare chest.  If you hear any rasping sound while he breathes, that’s wheezing. It means the cold has settled into your infant’s lungs and antibiotics may be required to get them clear again.  Call your doctor, even if it’s after hours.  He may tell you to schedule an appointment for the next day, OR he may tell you to take him to the Emergency Room – but let him make that decision.

Signs of Dehydration

Secondly, you want to watch for signs of dehydration.  Dehydration is the #1 reasons most babies are admitted to the hospital because congested baby isn’t going to eat well, which increases his chances of becoming dehydrated.

You will need to increase the number of bottles or nursing sessions you have, perhaps every 30-40 minutes if necessary to compensate for this. If your baby hasn’t had a wet diaper in 6-8 hours, call your doctor.  She may encourage you to give him a few drops of Pedialyte, so I would have some on hand.

If you see any of these signs, your infant is in the danger-dehydration zone and needs immediate medical attention.

  • A sunken soft-spot on the top of his head (easily felt in first 6 months).
  • Has a dry mouth or cries without tears. (Remember, newborns don’t have tears yet!)
  • Cool skin with blotchy red patches
  • A faint pulse that seems too quick
  • Breathing rapidly, like he’s run a race
  • A feeble whine-cry, rather than a strong wail
  • What the doctor’s call “listlessness”.  In other words, he has no interest in playing or feeding, doesn’t respond to being held, and isn’t moving his arms or legs much.
  • Eyes that appear to be sunken into the skull.

Winning the Booger Battle

It is completely possible to win the Snot War.  You can keep that nose crust-free and build up his cold combat skills at the same time.

  1. Keep him well-hydrated.
  2. Keep his nose as sucked-free as possible.  Let him breathe in warm medicinal air to open those inflamed nasal passages.
  3. Try one of the methods above to help alleviate the crusty nastiness.

These simple things will allow him to get the rest he needs to attack the cold that’s causing the baby congestion in the first place. So tell me friend, how do you fight the booger battle at your house? 

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73 thoughts on “10 Ways to Solve Baby Congestion the Easy Way at Home

  1. My dr suggested dabbing Eucalyptus oil on the front of bubs shirt so she can breathe easier all day. Melted down baby Vicks/euccy bear rub works too.

    1. Sofia, start with the suggestions here. If you sense that she’s struggling to breathe, take her to the Emergency Room. I always recommend a phone call to your doctor, as well. Remember, if it’s yellowish-greenish, she probably has an infection that your doctor will want to know about. Hang in there friend, it’s so hard to see our little ones sick! Give her extra cuddles and comfort with lots and lots of breastmilk or formula to keep her well-hydrated.

  2. We bought a BabyVac on Monday which works quite similarly to the Nose Frieda, but you attach it to your vacuum cleaner. It gets ALL the nasties out. Not sure if it’s available anywhere else other than in South Africa.

    1. Wow, Adeline! That sounds fascinating! I was able to find it here at Amazon. A great solution for parents who just can’t bring themselves to putting their mouth on the other end. Thanks so much for sharing it! xo

  3. I am a huge believer in the bulb if done right. I am a pediatric nurse and I teach people everyday on the proper way to use it. You don’t need to shove it so far up. The nose is a closed system. Place the bulb in one nostril and hold the opposite nostril closed for a second and suck. You get so much out of the nose. Hold your finger over the opposite nostril, suck and let go before the bulb is done. You get so much out.

  4. Lots of good information, thank you. But I do have to come in here, eucalyptus is not safe for kids under 8. It can actually cause more breathing problems. It can slow and close airways in babies. If you want an essential oil alternative that is safe, you can use lavender or pine needle to get the same effects. You can make your own rub with these oils mixed with a carrier oil and it’s safe to use.

  5. Hi!
    The blocked nose is everyone’s nightmare!i was so frustrated when my Firstborn got cold or Flu.So many night awake.Anyway..
    One Mum -from our local children centre -recommended the Arianna Vacuum Nasal Aspirator .It cleans your little one nose safely as nothing else .
    You can easily purchase from EBay .
    I hope I could help and you could easily survive the next “bug time”!

  6. Thanks so much for such a helpful article that creates productive discussion. I have three children; all three are sick with sinus crud. However, my 3 month old concerns me mist as she was hospitalized for RSV when she was 6 weeks. While there, the Dr. Showed us how to use the hospital grade nasal aspirator, the BBG. I wish I could have brought it home, but instead bought this: http://www.amazon.com/gp/aw/d/B00J7KU3LA/ref=mp_s_a_1_4?qid=1428943553&sr=8-4&pi=AC_SX110_SY165_QL70&keywords=nasal+aspirator&dpPl=1&dpID=41Nc1Euk4aL&ref=plSrch. It’s a nasal aspirator from Bubzi Co. It creates a great seal and works excellent in grabbing a lot of snot from her nose. Her chest is what concerns me the most with this bought. Her lungs are stronger than at 6 weeks, but I’m hoping the onion sugar trick my work.

  7. Not only can I not get anything out with the Frieda but he screams!! Do you close off one nostril when sucking? Will it actually suck out stuff that’s deeper?! If I’m going to do something that makes him scream, I want it to work!!

    1. Tammy,

      You don’t need to close off the the opposite nostril while using the Nose Frieda. Just make sure that you have a full seal around the nostril that you are cleaning out, and also that it’s not pressed against the back of the nose, preventing good suction. I recommend you take a look at a YouTube videos or two for tips. Holding your baby in a position so that he can’t whip his head around is key. 🙂 Hope this makes a difference (p.s. I also found a review by a dad on Amazon that gives tips for how to do the sucking, sounds funny, but might be helpful!).

  8. Thanks so much for your wonderful website. I’m only sorry I didn’t happen upon this with  my first born. Your sleep tips remind me to persevere and not lose hope in the early weeks. As with my first, my second one struck a cold early–7 weeks. A good trick I discovered with my last one (though not the most pleasant smelling) is to cut an onion in half and place it open-face in a sock at the head of the crib/bed (infant) or under the pillow (toddler/child). The vapors encourage the draining of the lymphatic system and help baby breathe easier as they sleep. The room will stink for a few days, but it seemed to work really well for us. I also used a homemade onion syrup for the cough–use the other half of the onion and place in small, tight fitting jar; fill the jar with sugar and let the sugar soak up all the onion’s liquid and medicinal goodies. Then, give your infant a spoonful every few hours to help with the cough. Also seemed to work a dream. Hope this helps some sleepless mamas!

    1. Cassie,

      Those are some interesting methods. The only thing I would add is if parents give this a try they need to make sure the sock is a short one, not long enough to pose a strangulation hazard!

      Glad you found some help for your second-born.

    2. Onions actually were proven to soak up all the bad bacteria around them which is why why say to never leave one out once cut or store a cut onion in a open container regardless of being in the fridge.. that’s a great idea and I might have to find an onion and do both those for my 9 month old maybe that will help him a little..

      Also when the plague and such was going around way back when a farmer ans his family were found to be the only ones not effected by the illness due to his use of onions cut in half and spread around the home..

    3. That’s so interesting about the farmer. And to Danielle, yes!, great tip about sock length. We usually tie ours to the outside of the railing at the head of the bed or jam the sock into the corner of the head railing. Because we tilt the bed with a pillow to help with the drainage, the baby will most likely roll down and not up, thereby omitting choking hazards–especially for those roly poly sleepers like my own. BY the way, does anyone else have their kid screaming when they use the Nosefreda. Even being super gentle, the babe still doth protest…loudly. But it’s so darn efficient at pulling the snot. I’m torn.

  9. My baby of 6 months old is also a patient of chest congestion, which really irritates and causes hard breathing ……

    I consult a aerovaedic in my town, and he gives me powder called “BARA SINGHA”… He gives a dose of just half gram , to be mixed in almost 70 grams pure Honey. And only not more than two to three grams of that honey is a dose for infants twice a day.
    I have used it, and result is much better in this winter season…..

    1. Thanks Mian for sharing this! I would encourage parents, though, to run this by their pediatrician first. In the US it’s not recommended to give honey products to babies under 12 months due to the risk of botulism. Still, I’m glad to have this as a suggestion for parents to consider. Thanks for adding it!

  10. I’ve been using the Nosefreda and Saline drops for 3 days now on my congested 14 week old. He’s got quite the cough too. I can feel the congestion in his upper back and keeping him upright doesn’t always seem to work. Being winter, I have the heat on in the house and am buying a humidifier tonight to see if that helps. I’ve been using vicks baby rub and Johnson’s vapor bath but it doesn’t seem to be helping. He let’s out a loud grunt when he finishes coughing too.
    I have a three year old and he had the same symptoms when he was about the same age. The doctor told me there was nothing I could do because he was so young. How do I know when to be more worried than I am and when to take him in? He has no fever. Just the congested chest and nose.

    1. Is the snot yellow or green? If so, that’s a sinus infection, so he might be able to take antibiotics. Give your doctor a call and see… He may not want to give him antibiotics, since he’s so young, but he should probably be aware anyway that your baby is having some health issues. Most pediatricians like to be “in the loop” when babies this young get colds and things. Hang in there, friend. You’re doing everything you should be doing.

  11. These ideas all sound great, but I have a two month old who has a cold. Which of these can I use to help him. He sneezes and it sounds like he’s about to die and now he can’t keep any of his bottle down. I’m afraid he’s going to dehydrate. I try just giving him an ounce or so at a time. The humidifier with the Vicks says not to use on babies under 10 pounds, he’s only nine, so I’m afraid to use that. I’ve been using the bulb syringe but not a lot comes out. I could really use some help out there :). I’ve already called the nurse twice, pages the doctor on call twice, and had a doctors visit with them in the past 10 days. I’m afraid they’re going to make me get a new doctor! Any advice I would really appreciate

    1. You’re right about keeping the fluids in him as much as possible. I would try the Nosefrida – anything to help suck out the snot and let him breathe better. The Nosefrida sounds super gross – but it got the job done for us!

    2. The Nosefrida was a lifesaver for us.. my baby cries no matter which we use but less with the Nosefrida.. We use the Vicks humidifier if you use one you don’t have to use the Vicks liqud you can use it with out the liquid we do all the time..

  12. Wow, I found this article googling snotty baby. The comments have made me feel so much better. My baby is 5 months and my family find it funny that he always honks of olbas oil. His congestion gets so bad. My boy HATES the bulb syringe, but although I could usually get good amounts of snot out, I might stop using it as it had never occurred to me that it could make things worse. I also use a device a bit like the nosefrieda, I have even sucked with just my mouth in desperation, but he hated it.
    One thing that hasn’t been mentioned here is a saline sea water ‘micro diffusion’ called stérimar. I use this and it is good, designed for ease of spraying up baby’s nose!
    I may well try breast milk now too. I can’t bear it when he is so bunged uphe is breathing through his mouth at night. Thanks for the article x

  13. I was sooooooo excited to get the nosefreda after reading this blog and comments and then sadly sooooo very disappointed. I don’t know if you out there who have had success with it have way stronger lungs then me or what but I have to suck so hard to get the snot that’s just beyond the opening of my baby’s nose that it feels like I am going to collapse a lung! And I hardly get anything at that!!! This is definitely not the product I was hoping for. Such a huge bummer!

    1. That is a terrible bummer! I would make sure that you have a full seal around the nostril, and that it’s not pressed against the back of the nose, preventing good suction. Also, it could be your baby has a deviated septum. That is nothing to worry over – but it does increase the likelihood of sleep apnea, so just in case you may want to brush up on the baby sleep apnea signs so you know what to watch for. So sorry it didn’t help you, Katherine!

  14. These are very helpful tips. I am aware of irritation that would occur from too much wiping of their nose and would eventually turn red – will try using petroleum jelly, I just hope the little one wouldn’t try and lick it out! Thanks for sharing these. – Howard

  15. My LO’s GM puts some olive oil in the nostrils to help open the passage up. We use Kirkland’s Extra virgin olive oil that we bought from Costco. Does anybody else use olive oil regularly on their baby, meaning, everyday after massage?
    Baby is 6 weeks old now

  16. Love this! I live in a hot dry dusty climate so we have dry nose problems. I use breast milk up the nose for my 13week old and I diffuse 2 drops each; lemon, peppermint, & lavender each night. It helps with allergies and associated issues.
    *breastfeeding momma’s should be careful handling peppermint as it can decrease supply – thoroughly wash hands after handling. No topical on chest and no ingesting large amounts.

  17. My doctor said to use a humidifer but without the vapor rub. I have a 16 month old that has a viral infection. Of course we’re dong the adv. And tylenol for his fever, Ifant vapor rub and salune spray but the poor guy gets so stopped up at night that he can hardly breath and having to breathe out his mouth. He clears up after a bath but the later it gets the more he gets stostopped up. Any suggestions?

  18. Hey y’all- more info on squirting milk in their noses – breast milk up the nose is safe and ok mostly because while yes it is a gentle liquid that will help loosen up mucous it contains the live antibodies your baby needs. If you are breastfeeding then your child’s saliva triggered your body to start making the antibodies he/she needs for this time. If your pumping you’re still giving baby some amount of antibodies though so go feel free to use that milk! However, formula is a no go for the nose. It’s great for feeding but doesn’t have the same healing strength and can crust up inside their passageways.

  19. do some googling on why it is dangerous to use vicks on newborns. i was shocked when i discovered vicks can cause serious respiratory problems in newborns. do not put vicks near your baby til you research it. my dr. and local pharmacist made me aware not to use it on my 14 week olds cold.

    1. I haven’t heard that Tanya, so thanks for adding it here. I will definitely need to do some digging on that! I really appreciate the comment!

  20. I love this….I hate snotty noses…..I constantly wipe them. I use vaseline on the lips too. I also put vicks on the bottom of their feet with socks at night. Don’t know why it works, (old wives tale) but it does. I also can’t stand the WB’s Whistling Boogers….

    1. Lol! The Whistling Boogers!! Sounds like a boy band! 🙂 I JUST heard about that “vicks on feet with socks” trick, and tried it (skeptically, I’ll admit) on Isabella last week. Shocked my pants off that it actually helped! Thanks for adding this Niki!

    2. Tea tree oil (melaleuca) does wonders if put on the bottoms of her feet. I prefer it over store bought stuff. My family swears by essential oils

  21. My 6-week old sounds like a little piglet when he wakes up from a long nap! I figured out that no, he doesn’t have a cold, but just a dry nose! I squirt a little saline up there while propping him up, and within a few minutes he’s breathing quieter. Sometimes, he even sneezes out a (satisfying? ew, I must be a mom) gigantic, green, crusty booger plug. Gross! And satisfying to get it out of there.

  22. Great tips!!! We would also let the shower steam up the bathroom before giving kids a bath in Johnson’s baby bath soothing vapor.

  23. We use fluffed up qtips after a squirt of saline to help get the crusty stuff or globs out from the front. It fits perfectly in a baby nose. You just spin it around and it catches almost everything. Then we use an electric snot sucker to get the rest. It worked so well for our little one. Even at almost two we still use the qtips. He doesn’t like it anymore, but we can get it all out in just a minute or two.

  24. Please be careful using essential oils with babies. Eucalyptus globulous (the product the link brings you to) can potentially cause choking in infants and small children. Fresh or dried herbs are a safer and wiser choice for babies. There are also other species of eucalyptus that are a better choice. Oils should also never be added directly to water. The oil needs a compound like milk or other oil (coconut, olive, etc.) to disperse the essential oil first before being added to the bath to keep it from just sitting on top of the water and potentially causing burns or sensitization (Google essential oil sensitization. You do not want this happening to your baby).

    Please, please check with someone knowledgeable in essential oils (and not a sales rep) before trying them with your baby.

    1. April, thanks so much for your comment. I got that suggestion through a book I was using for research. I’ve taken down that suggestion for the time being. To make sure I’ve got this right, you would suggest people disperse the oil with a carrier oil like coconut or olive before placing in the water? Which type of Eucalyptus oil would you recommend? You mentioned dried or fresh herbs…is there a specific one I should mention? Thanks for helping me make this a better, safer article for parents!

    2. Hi Heather,

      Yes, oils like coconut or olive can be used to disperse the oils before placing the entire mixture (carrier and EO) in the water. Some people also use milk. Generally something with a fat content.

      People knowledgeable in essential oils when I have asked questions have suggested eucalyptus smithii if it has to be used with children. I would still personally hesitate to use it with an infant unless under direction. You should be able to find eucalyptus in dried herb form! Sometimes people tie the dry herb to the faucet and allow the shower head or tub warm water to run over it. Other options would be to make your own shower sachets. I would still double check with an herbalist or reputable book source on herbal safety before using anything with a baby.

      Do you mind sharing which book you got that information from? I’m curious.

      If you’re interested in learning more about essential oils, there is an online group that is tremendously helpful with many aromatherapists functioning as an active part of the forum. It has been a great resource. I don’t know what your policies are about linking, but if you message me or say otherwise, I can send you/ add the link to it.

      Also, the Nature’s Gift website has a lot of good information on it, esp. safety info. The lady who runs it has years and years of experience with essential oils.

    3. Link away April! Sounds like it would be very useful for readers. As for the book…I have to admit it’s been a year since I wrote that, so it would take me a while to dig it up. My notes on old posts, are stored away… Yes, please share the link! The sachet sounds particularly interesting! Thanks so much!

  25. Thanks for the article! When i was a baby, my dad would suck my
    Nose with his mouth. Now that I’m a mom, I’ve resorted to the same method of mucus removal. My son had a horrible experience with the bulb and will not let anything of the sore go near his nose. Its a gross method, but totally effective. Its quick, easy and less traumatic for him. I spit it into a napkin after sucking it out.

  26. I don’t know about the product that you’ve cited above, but the RN/lactation consultant I had said that the bulb syringes actually make the congestion in your baby worse. It causes the tissue in their nose to swell from all the suctioning. When she worked in labor and delivery at the hospital she said you see all these babies in the nursery struggling to breathe through their stuffy noses that had been irritated earlier when they had their noses suctioned out right when they were born.

    She recommended squirting breast milk up their nose to loosen things up. It all drains down the back of their throat and then they just swallow it. Gross, I k now, but they are more comfortable. I suppose if you don’t breast feed you could use formula with filtered water. I just used a medicine dropper to squirt the milk up there. I assume it worked because I’ve always been able to keep her congestion very mild and relatively short lived.

    However, I’d like that Nosefrida device for myself. I’ve had some nasty sinus infections in my time and would have killed for a contraption that could clear everything out in one go.

    1. Mary, I hadn’t heard of that! I’m so glad you shared it. The breastmilk idea is also a great tip! My family (even the girls!) use a Sinus Rinse to flush out infections and allergies when we feel the beginning of a cold coming on. It’s like the Nosefrida, I highly recommend it!

    2. The breastmilk idea is recommended all the time in a breastfeeding moms group I belong to. Breastmilk has antibacterial qualities that can clear up sinuses, pink-eye, ear infections, etc. Given that, I doubt formula should be tried instead. I’d stick with saline if breastmilk isn’t available.

  27. I mix peppermint oils, eucalyptus oil, and olive oils (all equal parts), in a little travel spray bottle. Whenever my 19mo old gets congested (which is often thanks to Oklahoma allergies) I spray it on his back and chest, as well as his feet. Peppermint oil works very very well on any fevers and both oils help open us passageways. Also peppermint oil is great for headaches, and since our little babies can not tell us what hurts, it’s an excellent tool. (Side note: I have used peppermint oil with the last few migraines I have had, works very well, as in gone with in 30min to an hour.) The warning with putting any essential oils directly on the skin, is you have to mix them with either olive oil or coconut oil, to reduce the burning effect. Peppermint oil will tingle like icy hot, and could cause minor skin irritation. I use it directly on me personally, but for my son I mix it. I also put a couple of drops of lavender on his sheets, as lavender helps relax the body, but it too helps with congestion.

  28. We use the Snot Sucker too and after not being so successful during the first attempt because my husband was laughing so hard I started laughing and well, it didn’t work so well. After that, we calmed down and it works great! So much better than the bulbs. If you like using Vicks VapoRub, I found a plug in version you can buy that has a night light in it as well. It works like a Glade plug-in and fills his whole room with yummy Vicks. When our baby had a really bad cold, I put some Vicks on a cloth and then wrapped it up so it wouldn’t get on him and placed it under his crib sheet. That was before I found the plug-in, which I highly recommend.

    1. I agree, the Snot Sucker is one of the funniest things we get to do as parents – It just looks so…WRONG! LOL Thanks for the tip on the vaporub plugin! That’s new to me, but I found the Vicks plugin at Amazon. Definitely going to be adding this to our cold arsenal! It’s a much easier tool than the big bulky Vicks vaporizer! Thanks so much!

  29. Our doctor actually suggested putting a big spoonful of Vick’s VapoRub into a mug and filling it up with water as hot as it will run from the tap. Put the mug in baby’s room a while before they go to sleep and leave it there through the night. The VapoRub fills the air and helps baby breathe. We do this now every time our baby has a cold and it works really well.

    1. Vick’s makes a great humidifier that has Vick’s solution you put in it to do the same thing. It provides great humidity and nose opening vick’s aroma in the room it also helps with cough reduction which is really nice. we now have two of them one for our room when we get sick and one for the girls room.

    2. Thanks Jason for sharing that link! I really appreciate it. It’s important to try to keep the article as up-to-date as possible. I’m adding it in the text of the article as well.

    3. I have the Vicks humidifier with the ‘dish’ for the vapor rub, I put several drops of eucalyptus oil in and it fills the room with the essential oil. Thanks for all of your suggestions to try we were up all night with him last night.

  30. OK, I followed the link and read a couple of reviews for the Nosefrida. The second review (written by a dad) is so funny I laughed til I cried. I might have to ask for this for Christmas. 😉

    1. Well you totally made me go and read the review! I agree, it was hilarious. A holster! I’m not too surprised it was a dad, though. Cameron uses the Nettipot with the older girls, and has taught them to say “Look at that goodie!” when they get a particularly pleasing(?) long stream of snot out. What is it with men and mucus? For those wanting to giggle, look for the review entitled “IT SUCKS BOOGIES & catches them in a tube to eat later”. (How can you not read a review with that title?)

    2. OMG! I read the first review and went on to the second and couldn’t get all the way through due to laughing/crying, so my husband had to read it to me. I haven’t even gotten to the rest of them. Funny stuff!!!

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