Today on the blog I would like to share one of our personal experiences with my daughter, all when she was just 7 months old, all about it and how we managed to overcome it.
OUR LITTLE STORY
I had just joined back work after a break of the six-month maternity leave. While I was very eager and excited to join back work, a part of me was aching because I had to leave my 7-month-old daughter at a daycare.
I had started preparing myself both physically as well as emotionally for the big day. For this, I started expressing breast milk and started feeding my little one with it using a bottle. By doing this I was also getting my little one getting accustomed to taking her feeds using feeding bottles.
I also started taking breaks for 1-2 hours, all because she could get accustomed to me not being around her for a 9-hour period! Ouch, I almost shrieked. I was just one Monday away from joining back when Murphy’s Law struck us. I would call myself a lucky mom when it came to Zuzu’s sleeping patterns. But just the night before Monday (when I was to join work), something happened.
THE FIRST NIGHT
It almost felt that God was trying all sorts of tricks to prevent me from joining back happily on a Monday morning! Jokes apart, Zuzu was crying inconsolably all throughout the night. Nothing was helping me in calming her down. The first thing which comes to any mom’s mind when her baby wakes up crying in the middle of the night is COLIC. Which is why I applied asafoetida laced warm water to her belly button. She calmed down for an hour or so but was up again. That night she hardly slept for an hour or two, and on top of that, I had to join work the next morning.
What followed the next day was me dropping Zuzu at the daycare. I got a very warm welcome from my colleagues at work. But, a terrible headache came calling as I hadn’t slept well last night. Even though it was the first day after maternity leave, and there wasn’t much to do on that day, I couldn’t concentrate on my work. In between, I also called the daycare to check on Zuzu. While she cried when I first left her, but after a few hours, she was her usual cheerful self.
I decided to then take the day off a little earlier than the usual nine hours and picked up Zuzu from the daycare. In my mind, I was only hoping that she would be fine, given the amount of crankiness she exhibited the previous night.
THE SECOND NIGHT (TECHNICALLY A MONDAY)
Just as I was putting Zuzu to sleep, I was hoping for a good nights sleep for both her and myself. I had breastfed her and put her in her cot. Barely an hour had passed when she woke up. I assumed it to a be a hunger call, breastfed her and again put her to sleep. Within minutes of me putting her down, she woke up wailing and crying. This was the first instance in so many months that my child was not feeling comfortable every time I put her down to sleep. This got me a little worried and we then rushed her to the Emergency room at about midnight.
THE FINDINGS AND THE OBSERVATIONS
The pediatrician checked her vitals and immediately told us that she had nasal congestion. I was taken aback, because cold is something parents hardly take for granted, and here I was not able to identify why my child was crying. The doctor told us that infants often suffer from nasal congestion, and is in fact, a very common occurrence during the first year.
Identifying this in Zuzu became a tad bit difficult because she was her usual playful self during most part of the day. The doctor told us that the main cause of nasal congestion is cold or even an allergic reaction. When the membranes lining the nose get swollen, it becomes difficult for the little one to breathe, hence they can’t sleep.
WHAT DOES A STUFFY NOSE LEAD TO?
1.Since a stuffy nose means swelling up of the inner membrane of the nose, due to which a child is not able to sleep properly. Hence it leads to sleep deprivation in the long run which makes the child drowsy.
2. Lack of sleep leads to a greater domino effect resulting in a cranky baby.
3. When a child has a congested nose he/she is not able to eat or take meals properly. This also implies a breastfeeding infant who can also stop taking breastfeeds since his nasal passage is blocked.
4. Newborns and infants are obligatory nose breathers which means that they breathe by default through their nose only. It is only when they’re crying they tend to breathe through their mouth. When their nasal passage is blocked, they have difficulties in breathing, and hence, sleeping through the night becomes a task for them.
The doctor suggested us to use Nasivion drops. Nasivion offers a decongestant formula that especially caters to little noses. Whether as a metered spray or as drops, these products are well tolerable and effective. This solution comes in three different variants:
1. NASIVION MINI BABY NOSE DROPS–
This is for infants below one year. Up to the age of 4 weeks, instill 1 drop of the solution into each nostril 2-3 times per day.
2. NASIVION PEDIATRIC CHILD NOSE DROPS –
For children aged between 1 to 6 years only: instill 1-2 drops into each nostril 2-3 times per day or as directed by the physician.
What the doctor also told us that since a newborn or an infant these days remain in an air-conditioned room 24/7, they end up having a stuffy nose. The fluctuations in room temperature are the prime reason for this.
I can truly rely on these nasal drops, even today when Zuzu has turned 3.5-years old. I always carry this Nasivion solution whenever we are traveling and it has been a savior on most of my trips.
This is my personal experience, but I would advise all moms to consult a doctor before going in for these drops or any medication for that matter.