It is fall. The days are getting shorter, the weather is getting cooler, and the air is getting drier. What is that sound? Sniffle, sniffle… snort?
With drier air, it is not uncommon for our newborns and infants to have more nasal congestion and noisy breathing, especially with feeding and sleep.
Nasal congestion is very common. Newborns especially are accustomed to a humid environment. Inside their mother, they are submerged in water for nine months. With changing air temperature and humidity level, life outside the womb takes some getting used to. Newborns are also nasal breathers, meaning they prefer to breathe out of their noses rather than their mouths. They produce mucus to wet the inside of the nose and keep it moist.
In fall, the air humidity level drops quite a bit in Nebraska. We often turn on our furnaces which dry out the air as well.
Some newborns and infants will live day in and day out with a fair amount of congestion. They will feed and sleep well, but other children can be more affected by increased congestion.
What to do if your little one wakes in the night with a stuffed up nose?
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We have had our share of big rains, big booms of thunder and flashes of lightning in Omaha the last few weeks. Thunder and lightning storms often occur between 3-9 p.m., which often coincides with bedtime.
Fears and anxiety related to storms are among the top 20 fears kids worry about.
A few weeks ago we had dark skies and a storm during the day. When I came home from seeing patients at our Methodist Physicians Clinic – Regency, there was a basement stairway full of toys, blankets and pillows. My daughter was concerned there was going to be a tornado and prepared the house by saving her most precious items. While I agreed, it is good to have a plan in place of what we should take if the sirens go off, every stuffed animal in the house may not make the cut.
September is National Preparedness Month, and FEMA has a nice website (ready.gov) focused on discussing storms with your kids and creating a plan and a disaster preparedness kit.
What should you do if your child is anxious and the sirens begin to go off?
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