5. Keep your child hydrated
Your child may find it difficult to blow the thick mucus from their stuffy nose out, and frequent blowing can dry out their nasal passages. One way to keep nasal tissues moist is to keep your child hydrated. Give lots of water and encourage drinking by handing over a water bottle. Or treat them with 100% fruit popsicles either made at home or from your grocery store. Your child may even find them more appealing than water. Keep away from drinks containing caffeine, like soda, because they may worsen dehydration.
6. Add a humidifier to your child’s room
A cool-mist humidifier works by spraying mist into the surrounding area to make the air moist. A humidifier helps to prevent nostril dryness and thins out the mucus in the nose. Place it close to your child but not within reach. Also, be sure to regularly clean the humidifier daily to prevent bacteria or mold from growing in it.3
7. Breathe in soothing Vicks Vapors with Vicks Non-Medicated Children’s VapoPatch
Give your child a calm, soothing environment to keep them comfortable. One way to do this is to use Vicks Non-Medicated Children’s VapoPatch. It provides soothing Vicks vapors in an easy-to-use aromatherapy patch. All you need to do is to peel, apply on their shirt, and let your child breathe in vapors that can soothe your child’s senses.
8. Let warm chicken soup work its wonders
Nothing says ‘sick day’ more than a chicken soup. Serve two generous bowls of chicken soup—one for you, and one for your stuffed-up kid.
9. Use a nasal aspirator to remove mucus
For infants, aspirators or bulb syringes can help remove mucus and provide comfort, especially because infants don’t yet know how to blow their noses. Bulb syringes are pretty straightforward to use. You squeeze out the air from the bulb syringe to make a vacuum, keep it squeezed while inserting it into your child’s nose and release it to suction out the mucus. Your baby will sleep better and more comfortably as a result.
10. Use a nose ointment for dryness
Your kid may be blowing their nose constantly, trying to relieve their stuffy nose. This can make the skin around their nostrils dry and irritated. If your child is older than 6, Sinex Nasal Balm can heal and soothe the dry skin around their nose through intense moisturization. Rub a little amount on the dry skin around your child’s nose.
11. Check the pantry for honey if your child starts coughing
Lots of mucus from a stuffy nose can add coughing to your kid’s symptoms, too. Parents looking for a natural option can check the pantry for honey.4 It’s important to note, though, that this is not appropriate for children under a year old. The CDC recommends that you do not give honey to a child younger than 12 months.5
12 Give them a long, warm bath
Get the bathroom steamy and get your child in the bath. Steam can help hydrate your child’s nasal passages. It travels into the nose and thins out the mucus. Having a warm bath at night will also signal to child’s body to wind down for bedtime.
13. Make sure they eat a balanced diet
Lots of kids prefer to pass on the veggies at dinnertime. But it’s important to give your child a balanced diet—with all nutrients they need to support their little body's growth and development. Blend or puree veggies into your kids’ favorite dishes, so that even when they’re fussing with a stuffy nose, they’re still eating a balanced diet.
14. Extra snuggles
Kids love cuddles! Sometimes the best home remedy is a good cuddle. Kids just want to feel loved and comforted when they’re feeling sick. Cuddling will calm your child, and if they’re calmer, they can rest and feel better or breathe easier. Those extra cuddles are so worth it!