Nasal congestion: How to clear your baby's dry, stuffy nose

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Learn about how you can help newborns and older babies if they have a stuffy nose.

Key points

  • Newborns may sound like they have a stuffy nose because of leftover fluid in their nose from the womb.
  • Usually, a newborn's stuffy nose goes away on its own within a few days.
  • In older babies, nasal congestion or stuffy nose happens when the tissues inside the nose swell, usually from a viral upper respiratory infection (cold).
  • Use salt water nasal drops or an infant nasal aspirator or suction bulb to help clear mucus from your baby's nose.
  • If your baby has trouble breathing, see their health-care provider right away.
Last updated: March 13th 2024