7 effective tips for treating child’s nasal congestion

If you are parent, then you are very well aware of the nightmare that accompanies cold weather. Be it winters, monsoon or frequently varying temperatures, kids are susceptible of suffering from cough & cold. The major problem for a child is nasal congestion that they suffer from.


As a new parent, I was caught unaware when my child caught cold for the very first time. My kid was unable to breathe or sleep properly and continuously kept on crying. It led to having many sleepless, troublesome nights. That’s when I turned to my mother and sister to get insights from their experience in helping my child feel better.

Using Vaporizer or inhale steam

Breathing moist air helps child by clearing the nasal passage. It is very easy to do and benefits a lot, especially done before the child’s is sleep time. Instead of using a vaporizer you can also sit in a small closed steamy bathroom with the kid. Be attentive to keep the child away from vaporizer or source of the steam.

Saline Water

It is advisable to consult a doctor before using it. Instill drops of saline water in each nostrils to soften the mucus and then clean it with cotton swab to open blocked nose. It is safe and can be repeated numerous times in a day as per need.

Eucalyptus Oil

This is my personal go to solution for the blocked nose. I have been doing it  since I was a child. Pour few drops of Eucalyptus oil on a clean cloth and let the child inhale it few times during the day. It helps in getting relief from troubled breathing. But, it would be best if you can test it beforehand, to check if your child is allergic to the oil or not. You can also add few drops to the vaporizer.

Giving liquid diet

A child might feel uncomfortable when trying to eat with a blocked nose. Even as adults we find it difficult. The solution is to increase liquid intake to keep the child hydrated and avoid dry sour throat. Breastfeeding is also a helpful technique to soothe the child.

Sleeping in elevated position

The child might feel suffocated due to clogged nose and have trouble breathing while sleeping.  To avoid this add extra pillows under the head to make them sleep in elevated position. It works wonder and provides some respite from breathing troubles. A child that sleeps well is a happy child.

Oil Massage

Gently massage your child’s chest, back, neck and nose with lukewarm oil. You can use mustard oil or olive oil for it. It generates heat in the body and makes baby fall asleep comfortably. Cover the baby with proper clothing and blanket after the massage.

Using Nasivion nasal drops

Nasivion decongestants formula is also an effective way to fight nasal congestion. Nasal drops come in various variants according to the child’s age and can be used as per doctor’s advice. My doctor advised me to use Nasivion Mini for my child as he was just few months old at that time. Different products that are available in the market are –

  • NASIVION® MINI (BABY) NOSE DROPS 0.01% – For infants below one year of age.
  • NASIVION® PEDIATRIC (CHILD) NOSE DROPS 025%  – For children between 1-6 years of age.

These nasal drops worked well for my child and helped us in avoiding sleepless nights. Do consult your pediatrician before using the products.

You can check more details about the Nasivion here.

All the remedies mentioned above are tried and tested. What remedies do you use for your child’s nasal congestion? Do share your thoughts with us in comments.

Post Author: Dishki

40 thoughts on “7 effective tips for treating child’s nasal congestion

    richa mina

    (9th August 2018 - 21:25)

    thanks for sharing such an useful post with so many tips to help child during cold especially in this season when flu is common. truly appreciated.


      (10th August 2018 - 00:25)

      Glad that you found it useful 🙂
      Thanks for dropping by.


    (10th August 2018 - 02:13)

    Nasal congestion is not easy to deal with a kid I have been through it , you have given some useful tips will help me whenever I need next.


      (13th August 2018 - 09:27)

      Happy to know that the post is helpful for you.

    Jhilmil Bhansali

    (10th August 2018 - 14:42)

    Glad that you wrote a post on Nasal congestion , it is such a common problem with my munchkin. Eucalyptus Oil is a great option, but can you suggest from where to get it? Will go for Nasivion drops this time.


      (13th August 2018 - 09:25)

      Try chemist shops, you might get it there. I had bought a huge stock from Mysore on a trip.:)


    (10th August 2018 - 18:06)

    My son has this problem and I always use nasivion for him. It really works good for him.


      (13th August 2018 - 09:24)

      Nasivion drops work wonders.


    (10th August 2018 - 20:53)

    Wow, such useful tips. children need extra care and love during such times and your tips are definitely going to help them all. 🙂



      (13th August 2018 - 09:22)

      Yes, kids need special care. Thanks for dropping by!

    Ritika Kalra

    (11th August 2018 - 00:45)

    All the tips are useful regardless of the age for that matter. Great post! 🙂


      (11th August 2018 - 23:51)

      Glad you liked it!


    (11th August 2018 - 11:50)

    Very informative post, since this is a very relevant n common problem. I will share with my mommy friends.


    (11th August 2018 - 19:58)

    Congestion is pretty common in babies.. thanks for the detailed post… these tips will be saviour in future


      (11th August 2018 - 23:49)

      Glad that you found the post helpful.

    Dipali Bhasin

    (1st September 2018 - 15:15)

    An extremely informative and helpful posts for mommies and daddies of new borns. Nasal congestion is so uncomfortable not just for the baby but also for the parents who feel discomforted watching their baby in angst.

    #MyFriendAlexa #DibbiReads


      (2nd September 2018 - 22:58)

      Definitely, parents are stressed if the kid is unwell. Glad you found the post useful. 🙂

    Danisha Nathyal

    (1st September 2018 - 18:36)

    great trips and Nasivion nasal drops is also our go to drops.


      (2nd September 2018 - 23:26)

      Thanks you, Nasivion comes as a savior when nothing else works. 🙂


    (1st September 2018 - 19:08)

    Nasal congestion make skids cranky and impatient. These are great tips to prevent nose block and cold away.


    (1st September 2018 - 20:53)

    Trying this tonite only! My lil one has cough n congestion!


      (2nd September 2018 - 23:16)

      Oh, sorry to hear that. Hope your lil one is feeling better now. Take care!

    Anisha Agrawal

    (1st September 2018 - 22:38)

    This is one of the most frequently problem experienced by us and navision is such a savior.. also steam is a super good options


      (2nd September 2018 - 23:46)

      Steam does wonders. Its mostly the first step in my household. 🙂

    Neha Gupta

    (1st September 2018 - 23:33)

    Useful tips ,Especially for new moms !!! What worked for us is applying warm mustard oil on the chest and back!!


      (2nd September 2018 - 23:39)

      That’s a great tip, remember my grandmother doing it when we were young kids. Thanks for dropping by.


    (2nd September 2018 - 07:12)

    These tips are useful no doubt but I couldn’t find your #MyFriendAlexa post!


      (2nd September 2018 - 18:45)

      Thank you!
      I am yet to post for the #MyFriendAlexa,my first post will be live tomorrow.


    (2nd September 2018 - 08:03)

    Nasal congestion is really bothersome for everyone. I panicked when my newborn had it. Nasivion helped me and my baby then


      (2nd September 2018 - 18:44)

      So true Kapila, even I was panicking. But these tips were very helpful. 🙂


    (2nd September 2018 - 11:13)

    nasal congestion for little babies is a nuisance!! Im sure you are battling it, giving your little one is really very young right now 🙂


      (2nd September 2018 - 18:38)

      It was tough the first time, but with time I am learning the tricks of motherhood. 🙂

    Hill Station Reader

    (2nd September 2018 - 20:34)

    Useful post, home remedies come handy but I believe every child is different and taking a visit to doctor and then deciding some allergy free remedy is always best


      (2nd September 2018 - 23:34)

      A big yes to consulting the doctor first. No experiments without doctors prescription. Thanks for dropping by. 🙂

    brown panther (@TheGreatSte)

    (4th September 2018 - 05:45)

    This is very informative article , Disha.


    (5th September 2018 - 17:23)

    This is a very useful post. Nasal congestion is actually a serious issue, it is extremely difficult for the little one as well as the parents to deal with it. Now i know what to use during the issue.
    #MyFriendAlexa #zenithbuzzreads


      (10th September 2018 - 20:23)

      Glad you found the post helpful. Thanks for dropping by.

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