Poor Nathaniel has a stuffy nose. He's had it on and off for about a month. He is not sick, he is just stuffed up mostly at night. I have tried everything--saline drops in the nose, breast milk drops in the nose, humidifier, propping his head up a bit in the bassinet, nursing him in a steamy bathroom--only to get very temporary relief. Not only does it cause him discomfort but it keeps us all from getting a good night's sleep. Nathaniel's first three or so hours of sleep are good, but then after that when he's stuffed up we're lucky to get 2 hours at a time even after drops in the nose and aspirating. It's been two really stuffy nights in a row here and I am pooped! Both nights he started waking so often I just pulled him into bed with me so he could nurse ever 45 minutes or whatever and I didn't have to get out of bed. It stinks because just last week we had our best night ever: he only woke up 2 times during the night to eat (4 hrs, 4 hrs, 3 hrs). I don't even mind getting up every 2 or 3 hours but anything less than 2 hours and it hurts! Plus, Nathaniel sleeps in a co-sleeper hooked up next to our bed so it's tough to sleep well when he's snorting and rolling around all night. Poor baby!!!
I am fighting the problem from several angles: eliminating the causes, mitigate the causes, and treating the result. This means I am working to eliminate dust and potential environmental irritants. I am trying to humidify the dry air. And I am trying to treat the stuffiness with drops and steam. So far, I am winning a few battles but apparently losing the war.
I am studying what happens on good days and what on bad days. The difference between his best night and every other night was that we turned the gas fireplace on for a while so the forced air heat didn't come on until well into the night. I have since taken to turning down the heat at night and bundling Nathaniel a little more at night but that hasn't seemed to help at all. I smelled something funny in our room last night so I took apart the humidifier to clean it and it was so gunky! I was sure all the gunk was poisoning the poor kid! Mrp assured me it was just sediment from our hard water but I still feel bad that whatever that nast is was getting into the air and into my poor baby's nose! Also, yesterday evening I snuggled with Nathaniel for a while in our recliner cuddled under a fleece blanket. He seemed to be more stuffy after that. That could be because the recliner is next to a heat duct, but I am also worried that maybe it's because the fleece had attracted cat hair and he could be allergic to my cats! I don't think he's allergic to my cats because I think he would be a lot worse if he was. He has no other symptoms of any allergy or illness--just nasal congestion. This problem is totally stumping me!!!
So if any of you momma's have any experience with knocking out a stuffy nose, please let me know!