Eucalyptus oil in common colds – Eucalyptus Radiata for babies

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It is a fact that essential oils have plenty of health benefits. Eucalyptus oil is one of the essential oils with many benefits. It helps you to breathe easy, to heal cold sores, to decrease joint pain, to clear your chest and to disinfect wounds. However, you should remember that using essential oils for babies is not the same as using them for adults. Some oils are dangerous to be used on babies. Is eucalyptus oil effective in treating common colds and is it safe for little ones?

Eucalyptus in common colds

A few drops of eucalyptus oil added to the bath or hot shower or steam inhaler can definitely give relief from sinus symptoms and from congestion. Inhaling the eucalyptus vapor loosens the mucus from your chest and in expelling it. It has been used for several centuries in Asian countries to treat common colds.

Is eucalyptus oil safe for babies?

It has high 1, 8-cineole content. 1, 8-cineole is also called as eucalyptol. It is known for its mucolytic action on respiratory tract with proven clinical efficacy. When used on babies it can cause problems related to central nervous system and breathing. Moreover, the oil is very strong and can harm the delicate skin of infants. Rarely, it can lead to seizures in babies.

It’s a shocker to know about the side effects of eucalyptus oil on babies. The good news is, not all species of eucalyptus oils have high 1, 8 –cineole content. Some species with low 1, 8 –cineole content are safe for babies if used in the right dosage and in the right way.

Eucalyptus radiata for babies

Eucalyptus radiata is one of the milder forms of eucalyptus oil and is safe to be used on children. It is not as powerful and not as strong as eucalyptus globulus that is most commonly used in adults’ chest rubs.

How to use eucalyptus radiata on babies?

The first thing you should do is to blend eucalyptus oil with carrier oil. The proportion is as follows:

  • For newborns below 2 months – 1 drop eucalyptus oil with 2 teaspoon carrier oil
  • For infants from 2 months to 18 months old – 1 drop of eucalyptus oil with 1 teaspoon carrier oil
  • For kids from 18 months to 3 years old – 2 drops in 1 teaspoon carrier oil
  • For children from 3 to 6 years – 3 drops in 1 teaspoon carrier oil.
  • The most recommended carrier oils are almond oil or olive oil or coconut oil.
  • You can use it in baby’s bath.
  • You can use it as massage oil. If you are using it to massage your baby, you should add 2 more teaspoons of carrier oil to the blend. If your baby is below 6 months old, it is better to massage only the back and not the chest.

If you are buying baby rubs for your kid, make sure that it contains eucalyptus radiata and not eucalyptus globulus.

Our Nasobuddy Cough & Cold balm is based on the Eucalyptus radiata essential oil .

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The Proven Benefits Of Aspirators

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Stuffy nose is one of the most common concerns of parents in their infants’ early months of life. Your newborn can be very cranky when they have a stuffy nose. They will have difficulty in breathing, sleeping and feeding.

Nasal aspirators have proven to be the best option to relieve your baby from stuffy nose. If you are skeptical about using aspirators for your little one, you should know about the proven benefits of using aspirators.

  • It is a hygienic way to get rid of phlegm in the baby’s nose.
  • They help in clearing the nasal congestion in a jiffy.
  • It gives instant relief to kids when they have trouble in breathing due to obstructed nasal passages.
  • It facilitates better breathing, sleeping and feeding.
  • It is easy to use.
  • It is affordable.
  • It is safe to use. It is suitable for newborns as well.
  • When you use manual aspirators you have full control over the suction.
  • It is recommended by doctors because of its effectiveness.
  • It has soft tips to make sure that the tender skin of the baby is not hurt.

If you follow the right instructions to use the aspirators and if you clean it properly, aspirators are really beneficial.

Further reading 

1. A Short guide for using the manual nasal aspirator

2. Easy to do remedies for baby’s cold

Breast Feeding Difficulties When Your Baby Is Having A Stuffy Nose

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Breastfeeding is a must when your baby falls ill because

  • Breast milk is easy to digest when compare to formula.
  • Breast milk contains antibiotics that help in quick recovery from illness.
  • Breast milk helps in keeping your baby hydrated.
  • Breast milk provides the baby with plenty of nutrients.
  • Breast milk gives comfort to your baby.

However, breastfeeding a baby with stuffed nose is not easy. It can be very challenging. There  are difficulties that you may face when you nurse a baby with stuffed nose.

The baby latches on your breast. He tries to suck. However, he finds it difficult to suck because he has to breathe through his mouth when his nose is blocked. Breathing and sucking through mouth at the same time is impossible.The baby gets upset and lets the breast to go.The baby starts to cry.When the baby cries the nasal passage becomes more congested. This makes breastfeeding more difficult.

When the baby does not feed on the breast milk, the mother too has to suffer from a lot of discomfort and pain.

One simple solution is to clear his nasal congestion before feeding. 

Nasal aspiration  along with saline drops before feeding your baby will help him to breath better, allowing  him to feed better.

 

A Short Guide For Using The Manual Nasal Aspirator

Nasal aspirators combined with saline nasal drops is the recommended remedy for nasal congestion , by pediatricians worldwide.

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The two types of aspirators available  are the bulb syringes and the manual aspirator types like Nasobuddy, Nosefrida, Narhinel. We saw earlier about the limitations of bulb syringes. 

Manual aspirator is the most gentle and most effective way to clear tiny stuffed noses and to improve breathing.

  • It solves the bulb aspirators problems of inadequate suction . You can control the amount of suction generated. A low , steady and continuous suction can clear out the hardest of mucus.
  • The aspirators tips are designed to stay outside the nostrils,  virtually eliminating the risk of injury. 
  • They are easy to dismantle and clean. Just warm water and soap is sufficient.  No risks of molds and infections.

Simple two step process :

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Keep the aspirator at the opening of baby’s nostril.

 

 

NASOBUDDY ins 2Suck in air through the mouthpiece.

 

 

 

The mucus will collect inside the aspirator.  The filter inside the aspirator stops the mucus from going higher up.

Tips & Tricks

  1. Always use a few drops of saline before starting  to aspirate. Hard mucus gets liquefied by saline. This will make it easy for you to clear it.
  2. Before using it on your baby, practice  sucking in a couple of times and feel the suction from the aspirator tip on your palm. This will help you adjust the suction depending  on the need.
  3. The position : Be comfortably seated and put your baby down on your lap, with the baby’s  neck slightly tilted upwards.  Gently hold both the baby’s hand down with your left arm. Keeping the other arm free , to place the aspirator  tip on the opening  of baby’s nostril.
  4. Fussy baby ? Do not despair,  some babies are naturally averse to any meddling.  You can use the following tricks (shared by parents) to make him comfortable.
  • Familiarize the object . Allow the baby to hold it in his hands.  But only under your supervision, prevent them from taking it to their mouth.
  • Play with him. Before using the aspirator,  blowing the air through the mouthpiece produces a whistling  sound , something  that would grab your little one’s interest.
  • Before you use it on the nose Suck in and keep the aspirator tip on his tummy, hands, cheek . He will find it as a ticklish fun rather than as a object to dread.

When to use it ?

Use it before feeding the baby and putting him to sleep. This will help the baby feed and sleep better.

Most babies accept  the aspiration meddling immediately,  some don’t.  Be patient with him, take it slowly,  he will accept it once he gets familiar with it.

 

Is it safe to use nasal drops on my baby? 

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When blocked nose causes a lot of discomfort even to an adult, what can you say for the babies? It is sure to a cause a lot of discomfort. Nights become miserable for the kids and the parents as well. I am sure as a parent you are desperate to get rid of the blocked nose of your baby. Many nasal drops, with the promise of giving instant relief from blocked nose, are available in the market? Is it safe to use nasal drops on my baby – This is a frequently raised question. Do you want to know the answer? Here is an analysis.

There are three types of nasal sprays available in the market.

  • Decongestant nasal sprays – They contain medications like oxymetazoline or phenylphrine or xylometazoline or naphazoline etc. They help in narrowing the blood vessels in your nose. This helps in reduction of swelling in the nose and gives instant relief from nose congestion.
  • Saline nasal sprays – It is a spray containing a mixture of salt and water. It works by softening and loosening hardened nasal mucus and clearing it out from the nasal passages.
  • Steroid nasal sprays – Medicines used in this spray include Fluticasone, monetasone, triamcinolone or beclomethasone.

Which of the above are safe for your baby?

Saline nasal sprays are the safest for your baby because they do not contain any drugs.

  • A saline nasal spray loosens the mucus. You can then extract the mucus with a nasal aspirator.
  • Saline drops don’t cause any side effects.
  • Saline drops can be used in babies from birth and in older babies and children.
  • You can use it as often as needed to clear your child’s blocked nose.
  • They do not affect other medicines.
  • You can use a saline spray or drops, both are effective.
  • Saline drops combined with nasal aspiration can be done before each feed and bedtime.

However, you should be careful to follow a few basic tips to avoid undesired side effects.

  • You should make sure you clean your hands to avoid further infection in the baby.
  • You should not share droppers. One bottle per baby.
  • You should not place the dropper outside the nostril and should not insert inside. Keep it right at the opening of the nostrils and squeeze one or two drops.

Decongestant nasal sprays

Decongestant nasal sprays are not recommended for little ones below the age of 6. If your child is above 6 years, it is not advisable to use them for more than 3 to 4 days. When you use for 5 days or more it may cause a rebound effect. When the effect of the nasal drop wears off it may worsen the congestion.

Steroid nasal sprays

Steroid nasal sprays are not advisable because they cause side effects like burning and stinging, itching and soreness.

Verdict

When helping your baby to overcome his nasal congestion or blocked nose, saline nasal drops are an essential aid. When combined with a nasal aspirator, it can be a real help .

Further reading :

The different types of saline nasal drops.