Extremely dry air can cause the sensitive lining of a baby’s nose to dry up. The tiny blood vessels inside a dry nose may break and bleed. If your baby’s nose has not been injured but bleeds often, he may have a dry nose. This dryness may also make it easier for a baby to get a cold.
Nasal dryness often worsens during cold winter months, when heating makes the air inside the home particularly dry.
Tips to soothe your baby’s dry nose
If a dry or irritated nose seems to be bothering your baby, try these tips.
Moisten your baby’s nose
You can buy salt water (saline) drops at the drug store. You can also make your own by mixing 1/4 teaspoon of salt into 1/2 cup of warm water. Make fresh drops daily.
Lay your child on his back. Place a rolled towel beneath his shoulders.
Put 2 or 3 saline drops into each nostril. Wait 30 to 60 seconds.
Another way to help to soothe and moisten the inside of a baby’s nose is with a small amount of petrolatum jelly such as Vaseline, applied to the lining of the dividing wall between nostrils and just inside the nose. Use a small cotton-tipped applicator or your baby finger, but don’t insert them too deeply! Make sure that your hands are washed and that you don’t scratch your baby’s nose with a fingernail.
Run a humidifier or vaporizer near your baby’s crib
The water vapor can help moisten and loosen the mucus inside your baby’s nose. Clean out and re-fill the vaporizer every day. You can also steam up the bathroom shower and bring you baby in the room before he sleeps.
If your baby has a stuffy (congested) nose
If your baby has a dry nose, he may likely have a stuffy nose too. Along with using saline drops and running a humidifier, you can use a suction bulb to clear a stuffy nose. Read Nasal Congestion in Babies for tips on how to do this at home.
For other tips on helping your baby through the winter months, read Dry Skin.