Breathing moist (wet) air helps loosen the sticky mucus that may be choking your child. You can use a humidifier to make the air moist. Follow the directions that came with the humidifier.
Do not use steam vaporizers because they can cause burns. Use cool mist humidifiers instead.
If your child's nose is stuffy, your child will not be able to drink or sleep easily. You can use warm tap water or saline nose drops to loosen the mucus. Both of these work better than any medicine you can buy.
- Place 3 drops of warm water or saline in each nostril.
- Wait 1 minute, then use a soft rubber suction bulb to suck out the mucus from each nostril.
- Repeat several times until your child is able to breathe through the nose quietly and easily.
Everyone who touches your child must wash their hands with warm water and soap or an alcohol-based hand cleanser before doing so. Try to keep other children away from your child.
Do not let anyone smoke in the house, car, or anywhere near your child.