Coping With Nasal Congestion in Babies

All babies get the snuffles from time to time, but what’s the best way to tackle it? The experts from Snufflebabe answer our questions

What causes nasal congestion in babies?

Congestion can occur when mucus builds up in the nose and airways, and sensitive membranes that line the nasal cavity become inflamed. Congestion can be caused by mild infections, like the cold or flu and allergies too. Congestion in newborn babies is common, as the immune system is developing at this point.

Will babies breathe through their mouths if their nose is blocked?

This depends on the age and stage of the baby. Newborns are “obligate nose breathers” which means they can’t breathe through their mouths in the first few months of life. A baby’s natural ability to breathe through their mouths when their nose is blocked usually happens around six months of age. If you are concerned about your baby’s ability to breathe, always contact a health practitioner.

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What should I give my baby or toddler for a stuffy nose?

There are many remedies which can be used for relief from a stuffy nose such as saline drops, vapour rubs, and humidifiers. We recommend that you always read the label on products prior to usage, to ensure the products you use are suitable for babies and children under the ages of four years.

What is Snufflebabe?………………………………………………

Snufflebabe gives parents a simple, yet effective routine of decongestant solutions to help your little ones breathe, feed and sleep in comfort so that you can breathe a sigh of relief too. The range includes a Nasal Aspirator, Nasal Saline Spray, Nasal Drops, Vapour Bath Bubbles, Vapour Rub and Vapour Oil.

How do I use Snufflebabe Bath Bubbles?

The Snufflebabe Vapour Bath Bubbles are an effective decongestant bath product containing a blend of Eucalyptus Oil, Camphor, Thymol and Menthol. Not only is this product hypoallergenic and dermatologically approved, it is also paediatrician approved as being safe and gentle for your baby and is suitable to use from three months of age.

Snufflebabe Bath Bubbles helps clear baby’s nose when they have a cold and is caring enough to use as an everyday product for your baby, as part of a bedtime routine. Simply add, a little squeeze of Vapour Bath Bubbles to warm running water and mix for a gentle, soothing bath.

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Is Snufflebabe Vapour Rub suitable for newborn babies?

Snufflebabe® Vapour Rub is an effective and mild decongestant containing a gentle blend of Eucalyptus Oil, Menthol and Thyme Oil. The vapours from these oils help to ease your little one’s nasal congestion so they can feed more comfortably and sleep more soundly. The Snufflebabe Vapour Rub can be used from the age of three months. Below this age it’s best to consult your GP, pharmacist or health visitor.

Snufflebabe® Vapour Rub is a topical ointment to relieve nasal congestion. Contains Eucalyptus oil 2.0%, Menthol 1.5% and Thyme oil 0.5%. Always read the label.

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What is the Snufflebabe Vapour Oil good for?

Snufflebabe Vapour Oil is a gentle blend of lemon, pine and tea tree oil that has natural decongestant, antiseptic and antibacterial properties. It releases soothing vapours to help clear breathing when used in your baby’s room day or night to create a familiar atmosphere for your little one. Its natural, soothing scent can be used as part of a bedtime routine from birth.

At what age can I use the Snufflebabe Nasal Aspirator?

Snufflebabe’s Nasal Aspirator is suitable for use from birth and has been paediatrician approved. It is completely clean and hygienic. The special filter attached means you can never suck back the mucus. It is also very comfortable for your little one – you never have to put the nozzle directly into your baby’s nose, just near the nostrils. This clever device offers instant relief from nasal congestion and helps to prevent further complications like ear infections, coughs, and stomach upsets.

What’s the difference between Snufflebabe Nasal Drops and Nasal Spray?

They are the same saline solution, but in different formats. The saline solutions are gentle, safe and offer instant, natural relief for a stuffy nose. Snufflebabe Nasal Drops come in a sterile container and are great for newborns, while Snufflebabe Nasal Spray is easier to use for slightly older, wrigglier infants. Both can be used from birth.

Where can I buy Snufflebabe products and where do I find out more about them?

Snufflebabe products can be found in Boots, Tesco, Superdrug, Sainsbury’s, Morrison’s, ASDA, Waitrose and local pharmacies across Ireland and the UK. For more information visit our website at or follow us on social @Snufflebabe.

The Snufflebabe range is made by Dendron Brands Ltd, based in Watford, UK. At Dendron Brands we care deeply about making the right products for you and your family.

We know that congestion can be quite distressing when your baby or child is small. It can stop your little one from sleeping and eating, making them tired and irritable.

Snufflebabe gives parents a simple, yet effective routine of decongestant solutions.

We have more ways of clearing little stuffy noses than anyone else, so your child can breathe, feed and sleep in comfort – and you can breathe a sign of relief too.

Let us help care for your snuffly little loved ones when they need it most.

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