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It’s that time of the year again in our part of the world when a lot of people are getting sick because of the rainy season. We all know how hard that can be especially for us moms who are tasked to take care of the sick members of our family.

One of the things I hate whenever I get sick is getting nasal decongestion. I learned recently that nasal decongestion, or having a stuffy nose, can be caused by a lot of things, the most common of which are infections, such as colds, flu or sinusitis, or irritants like smoke as well as allergies.

This happens when the nasal tissues and blood vessels become swollen with excess fluid. Regardless of the cause though, nasal decongestion can be a pain for both kids and adults. It affects how we breathe and sometimes it will result to sleep disturbance or difficulty as well, which is especially a concern when it comes to kids and infants.

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I, myself, have been experiencing nasal decongestion several times during the last few months. I just thought I was getting a cold or that maybe it had something to do with the fact that I’m in an air-conditioned room most of the time. However, I also learned that it could be because I’m pregnant. Apparently, pregnant women are more prone to allergies, which then causes nasal decongestion.

Luckily, there are various easy ways on how we can clear a stuffy nose and I’d like to share some of them with you.

  1. Swallow or gently blow your nose.

If you have a cold, swallowing or gently blowing your nose, one nostril at a time, may provide some relief. Just be careful to not overdo it or you might end up propelling more mucus into your sinuses, which can cause more bacterial infections.

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  1. Use a humidifier.

Humidifiers or vaporizers can help relieve congested sinuses by adding moisture to the air. This helps thin the mucus inside your nose, giving you relief. Make sure to keep your humidifier clean though (and follow the cleaning instructions properly!) to prevent the growth of bacteria and mold.

  1. Hydrate, hydrate, hydrate.

It’s always a good idea to stay hydrated when you are sick. Drinking lots of fluids help thin out your nasal secretions and prevent blocked sinuses.

  1. Take vitamins or herbs.

When you are sick, boost your immune system by taking in some extra Vitamin C to help you get over your cold symptoms faster. If your stuffy nose is due to allergies though, you might want to try some herbs, such as menthol and eucalyptus oil commonly found in balms and rubs, which can provide short-term relief.

  1. Use a seawater / saline nasal spray.

Seawater or saline nasal sprays or rinses contain salt water that will keep your nose clean. Just be careful of which one to use because not all nasal sprays are the same.

There are variants or brands of nasal sprays that contain natural seawater, which has elements that help strengthen the natural defenses of your nose and help remove particles, such as dust, pollution, tobacco smoke, allergens, etc., that weaken our nasal mucosa. One such brand I came across recently is the French brand, Humer, which has specific solutions for all kinds of nasal problems. They even have separate variants for adults and infants or kids.

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  1. Put a warm towel on your face.

Doing this can help relieve discomfort. Try wringing out a wet wash cloth and heating it in the microwave for a minute before laying it on your face. Of course, make sure it’s not too hot that it will burn your skin.

  1. Put an extra pillow under your head.

Sleeping with a stuffy nose can be quite a challenge. You can make it easier on yourself by propping yourself up and putting an extra pillow under your head. Elevating your head will help make breathing more comfortable for you.

If these methods don’t work, there are over-the-counter medicines you can take. BUT, remember to always consult with your doctor first especially if your symptoms last more than 10 days or are experiencing other problems such as high fever or sinus pain, or if you have a bloody or yellow or green discharge.

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  1. I agree, sleeping with a stuffy nose is not easy, that’s why I don’t want to have colds or cough. Thanks for sharing about the extra pillow, I will try that next time.
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  2. When I have colds I use to put Vick’s on a hot water basin and put my head on top of it and cover my head with towel. works really good for me!

  3. What I do for myself whenever I catch a cold is I take a lot of water. I don’t take meds as soon as I get colds but most likely after 2 days of having it. For my little girl, I breastfeed her every now and then, that’s what her pedia also told us. And yes, the pillow! Esp at night time when she’s about to sleep. πŸ˜‰
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  4. Vicks works for me every time I have colds and for my son I always put extra pillow in his head para he can breath
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  5. I wonder if this will work for my kids.
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  6. We always used Vicks kasi effective talaga siya sa runny nose and even clogged ones. But, gusto ko din macheck tong new product from Humer to see if it will work for us ☻
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  7. We used nasal drops but it makes my kids uncomfortable. We will try Humer once we finish the drops.
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  8. I always use Vicks or Nasal Spray when having colds. This Humer sounds promising. Will check if I can get one so I can try it myself too.
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  9. Perfect timing because both Yuri and I am stricken with cough and cold! Grr! It’s so hard to get him to blow his nose so I’m gonna try the other tips instead.
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  10. I have asthmatic kids and we’re using another brand. But this looks worthy to check out so I will next time i’m in the drugstore. Might be better and easier to use..
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  11. Great tips! The cool air from the aircon also aggravates stuffy noses. I haven’t tried using humidifiers though I’ve heard that they’re a great investment.
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  12. I must try Humer, my children often gets clogged nose. πŸ™‚ Good bye vicks! πŸ™‚
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  13. This came at the right time, my daughter just got over her sipon and I really saw how irritated she was. Drinking a lot of water and loading up with vitamin C helps a lot!
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  14. I always get a stuffy nose whenever it is cold. This will definitely make it easier for me. πŸ™‚ Glad to have read about it from you.
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  15. My kids and I always get stuffy nose be ause of the weather condition nowadays. Will definitely try Humer. Thanks for sharing πŸ™‚

  16. Ah humidifier. We should get one of those. I’m interested in Humer. We used another brand of saline spray before but I forgot what it was.
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  17. Such great info! Everybody in the house except for the 5 yo girl are down with the flu. My son complains about his stuffy nose a lot. I’ve been thinking about buying a humidifier as I’ve heard that it truly helps. Will check Humer too!
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  18. This product looks promising and something we need at home. With four boys, it is hard for the other not to be affected by the virus of the other kid.
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  19. This product looks promising and something we need at home. With four boys, it is hard for the other not to be affected by the virus of the other kid.
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    1. (Sorry i unintentionally pressed the post comment button) continuation – With Humer at home, at least the boys would somehow feel comfortable breathing.
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  20. I like this product and will definitely help me and my kids get rid of the stuffy nose that we usually have because of allergies. Will check this out in drug stores.

  21. These are very helpful tips since my toddler recently complains his stuffy nose. Will definitely checking this out on our next mall visit. Thanks for sharing!
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  22. All of these were great pointers especially the hydration which is important. Does Humer contains Epinephrine?
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  23. I personally do 4 out of the 7 tips you gave out πŸ™‚ These are all certainly helpful and will do the other tips the next time I have this problem. Thanks!


  24. Nice and informative tips. My daughter suffers from stuffy nose most of the time. She uses “wellness spray” from Neutraorganics. It has a citrusy mentholated scent that smells so good and relaxing.
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