Tips for helping relieve blocked little noses

Top tips from FESS ® Little Noses® to help new parents manage blocked little noses this cough and cold season.

While the onslaught of winter coughs and colds can be trying for any adult, this season can be especially distressing for new parents as their newborns and infants suffer blocked noses from coughs and colds. As newborns and infants breathe through their nose, a clear nose is essential to successful feeding, settling and sleeping. When struggling to breathe through blocked noses, newborns and infants can be grumpy and unsettled, leaving parents feeling exasperated and exhausted.

“The importance of nasal airflow is often undervalued by parents. Babies are ‘obligate nasal breathers’, which means they only breathe through their nose. The airflow through the nose is important as it warms and humidifies the air making it easier for us to extract oxygen. As we grow, nasal airflow is important in stimulating mid-facial growth. An ongoing blocked nose in a child or infant can affect more than just their sleep and feeding; it can potentially lead to problems like the underdevelopment of the mid-face or sleep apnoea,” explains ear, nose and throat surgeon Dr Larry Kalish.

Little Noses® consumer research[i] has revealed a surprising 47% of new mums surveyed said that their infants suffer a blocked nose more than once a month. New mums interviewed about their infant’s blocked noses expereince also replied, “It makes it difficult, because my little man is just miserable. He can’t breathe properly through his nose and that stresses him out, and just makes the cold worse.”

Here are top tips from FESS® Little Noses® to help new parents ease the suffering of their littlest snuffling noses[ii] this winter:

1) Raise the head of the infant’s bed   
Just as with some adults, newborns and infants can find it easier to breathe and sleep when suffering a blocked nose by lying slightly elevated. Raise the head of the infant’s crib by putting a pillow underneath the head of the mattress.                   

2) Ensure your infant drinks fluids        
Encourage your infant to drink plenty of fluids, such as water, breast or formula milk    

3) Use an infant saline spray or nasal drops, and aspirator       
Use FESS Little Noses® gentle saline solution to help loosen and thin mucus to help clear your baby’s blocked nose and moisturise dry nasal passages. The special aspirator helps you to remove nasal mucus so your baby can breathe easier, naturally. 

4) Add moisture to the air in the infant’s main room    
Increasing the level of humidity in the infant’s room can help moisturise dry nasal passages before bed. This can be done with a cool-mist vapouriser, a humidifier or by simply holding your infant in a steam-filled bathroom. ** It is important to avoid putting too much moisture in the room; and if using a vaporiser or humidifier, it is important to clean the machine each day

5) Gentle eye compresses can help relieve infant discomfort experienced during a cold
Alcohol, fragrance and preservative free Little Eyes® can be used as both a gentle warm or cool compress to cleanse the delicate area around your little one’s eyes, softly wiping away crusting and sticky residue between the littlest eyes and eyelashes.  Little Eye® is ophthalmologist recommended and suitable for newborns.

This information was brought to you by Fess Little Noses.

FESS® Little Noses® is committed to helping new parents understand newborn and infant nasal congestion, and how to care for their littlest blocked noses.

FESS® Little Noses® is a gentle preservative-free saline solution which loosens and thins mucus to help clear a blocked noses and moisturising dry nasal passages, allowing your baby to breathe easier, naturally. FESS® Little Noses® Spray is convenient and easy to use, and is available with and without a special FESS® Nasal Aspirator.

The aspirator is a rubber bulb syringe with a soft tip designed to gently suction the mucus (loosened by FESS® Little Noses® Saline Solution) from your baby’s nose. As babies cannot clear their noses, the suctioning effect of the aspirator has the same effect as blowing to clear mucus congestion.

FESS® Little Noses® Drops’ convenient bottle and applicator are ideal for newborn babies allowing a gentle application of non-medicated saline into the littlest nose. Both FESS Little Noses Spray and Drops are non-medicated and can be used as often as necessary.

** It is important not to share nasal sprays, as this can lead to the cross-infection of others

To view a instructional short film on how to use Little Noses Spray, Drops and Aspirator,
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FESS® products are approved by the Sensitive Choice® program of the National Asthma Council Australia and the Asthma Foundation New Zealand.

FESS® Little Noses® Saline Spray with Aspirator RRP $11.95

FESS® Little Noses® Saline Spray (without aspirator) RRP $9.95

FESS® Little Noses® Drops with Aspirator RRP $11.95

Little Eyes® Cleansing Wipes –        
Little Eyes® are gentle hypoallergenic wipes specially designed to help you gently cleanse the delicate area around your little one’s eyes and are ph balanced to match your child’s own tears. Little Eyes™ are ideal for softly wiping away crusting and sticky residue from your little ones eyes and between their eyelashes.

Their unique embossed technology ensures every wipe is silky smooth but strong enough to work without breaking, whilst also moisturising and soothing the delicate skin surrounding the eye area. Little Eyes® are suitable for newborns and can be used from Day 1. Little Eyes™ are:

  • Sterilised
  • Easy to use
  • Alcohol, fragrance and preservative free
  • pH balanced to match your child’s own tears
  • Suitable for the most sensitive skins
  • Tested and recommended by ophthalmologists and dermatologists

TOP TIP for mums!           
To use Little Eyes® as a warm compress, place the entire sachet in a cup of warm water for a few minutes. Remove the sachet from the water, tear open, unfold and use the wipe. Alternatively, to use Little Eyes® as a cold compress, pop in the fridge for a short while before use. For an easy guide on how to use Little Eyes, please visit -

Little Eyes RRP $15.95



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