Babies - obligate nose breathers
In the first few months of life, babies are “obligate nose
breathers” meaning that they can only breathe through
their noses; the only time newborns breathe through their
mouths is when they are crying. Babies have to breathe
through their noses because nature designed them to use
their mouths to suckle with. In fact, babies can breathe,
suckle and swallow at the same time.
Infants and newborns can experience nasal congestion due
to the blockage of the nasal passages as a result of
build-up of mucus as well as when the nasal mucosa becomes
swollen from inflamed blood vessels. Nasal congestion can
range from a mild annoyance to a life-threatening
condition. Breathing difficulties can often be indicated
if a baby is not eating for example. It is generally
recommended that that nasal mucus be frequently removed in
order to facilitate good feeding, avoid infection that can
spread to the sinuses, ears and general respiratory tract,
as well as to reduce the child’s discomfort.
When a baby sneezes it is normal. All new born babies
sneeze to clear their nose. However, repetitive sneezing
suggests that their nose needs cleaning and suction.
Moreover, if sneezing is associated with watery eyes,
fever or thick nasal discharge, it should be seen to by a
doctor. Natural sneezing is not associated with any of
By the time babies are three to six months of age, they
are able to breathe through their mouths, but most still
prefer nasal breathing. In all cases however, nasal
rinsing with seawater hypertonic solutions i.e. Sinomarin®,
and suction using a nasal aspirator are prophylactic and
beneficial for the babies’ health.
For your baby's little nose use:
Babies vials of 5ml