13th August 2018

Nasal Congestion – A nightmare for parents

By Jinal Gada


You can’t change the ocean or the weather, no matter how hard you try. So it’s best to learn how to sail in all conditions

I feel this is true for all mothers especially when their little ones are just exposed for the first time to the changing seasons in a year.

I can never forget the first monsoons experienced by my little man Khevaansh. The coughing bout and blocked nose  gave me a tough time. Innumerable home remedies, popularly known as grandma’s remedies, helped to relieve him on certain days, the rest of the days consulting a doctor gave the some relief. However, introspecting the situation threw light on certain do’s and don’ts that mommies should follow to avoid nasal congestion. Experience has enlightened me with few of these do’s and don’ts which I would like to share with you all.


The DO’S to be followed during monsoon to avoid nasal blockage in toddlers:

  • Infants are obligatory nose breathers and they find it really very difficult to breastfeed if their nose is blocked. Breastfeed the baby in an elevated position or with a spoon after expressing milk.

  • Infants will be too cranky with cold and cough – you, as a mother, will have to keep calm and help them.
  • Try to keep the head covered with a cap to avoid the breeze from entering through the ears.
  • Consult a doctor and give nasal drops – Nasivion Mini Nose Drops made up of distilled water. Take care of the dosage to be given to babies according to their age.

Directions to use Nasivion – (consult your paediatrician before using the product)

for 0-1 years : Nasivion® Mini 0.01% Nose Drops – Up to the age of 4 weeks, instill 1 drop of the solution into each nostril 2-3 times per day. From the 5th week of life until the age of 1 year, instill 1-2 drops into each nostril 2-3 times per day or as directed by the physician.

for 1-6 years : Nasivion® Child 0.025% Nose Drops – 1-2 drops into each nostril 2-3 times per day or as directed by the physician.

  • A massage with warm oil (which the baby uses) helps to keep the baby warm.
  • If the baby is between 1-6 months, steam of ajwain can be given. (ajwain should be roasted on a pan and put in a loin cloth. Then slowly checking the degree of heat, the child should be made to smell it from a distance. It can be kept in the cot or somewhere near with care) the ajwain aroma will prevent the nose from getting blocked.
  • After completing 6 months, babies can be given herbal tea. Check the recipe here.
  • Kids should not be given dairy products during nasal congestion. I would suggest avoid otherwise too. 
  • Avoid making them sleep completely flat on the bed. An elevated bed helps them to breathe.
  • Toddlers between 1-5 years of age should be given jaggery / dates or figs for inner warmth.
  • Cold food items should be replaced with hot nutritious soups.
  • A small quantity of salad should be introduced in the meals as they provide vitamins which increase the immunity.
  • In our recent episode of cold and cough, the ginger lemon shots, eucalyptus oil applied on forehead and rubbed on feet with some herbal tea did wonders and we didn’t have to visit the doctor. How important it is to try and heal yourself naturally. Please don’t try this with very small babies. My son is now 2 years old.

The DON’TS to be followed during monsoon to avoid nasal blockage in toddlers:

  • Do not force the kids to eat when they are unwell and have severe nose block. Believe me, most of the time they won’t eat or if they eat, they might throw up due to discomfort.
  • Avoid getting wet in the rains.
  • Cows Milk and other dairy products should be avoided as it increases cough. 
  • In case of acute crankiness, consult a doctor as nasal blockage leads to ear pain. So do not neglect the child’s continuous crying symptoms.
  • Replace cold water with luke warm water. This help big time even for adults.
  • Do not make the child sleep in A.C. as it will increase wheezing and nasal blockage, thereby creating difficulty in breathing.
  • Do not over wrap babies as the sweat may cause cold and block the nose too.

 Follow these do’s and don’ts to enjoy the rains. Most importantly, follow your gut bcoz that’s the best judge. Ultimately we want happy nose happy moms 


P:S This is a sponsored post but the views are my own with my personal experince.