1. The discovery
You hear the teeny tiny sniffle. It’s so adorable yet sends a dreaded thought through your mummy-mind. You think maybe if you ignore it, it might go away. Maybe it’s just a solitary sniffle? But the tell-tale signs of stuffy nose begin to reveal themselves. The little whistling noise coming from his button nose. The confusion on her little face when she realises something is just not right... yep. Your baby’s nose is officially blocked.
2. The blowing lesson
At 4 years old, my little one has only just mastered the intricate art of blowing her nose. Lessons began at the very first sniffly-nose, when she was only a few months old. Even if you know they have no way of understanding you, you will still attempt to teach the technique. Your toddler will inevitably blow in instead of out. You try to think of a way to demonstrate and end up sniffling a bit yourself. ‘Pretend your blowing out candles on a cake with your nose’ does not work. You have been defeated; it’s time to find a different solution.
3. The snoring
Don’t worry, its cute as can be and at least it means they are getting SOME sleep. However, you are NOT. If you’ve caved and have them cuddled up beside you for easy access to midnight drinks and tissues, you will probably get an hour or two of broken sleep, max. This will remind you of the sleepless twilight-zone you experienced during the weeks after your little one was born. It will also remind you that you do not miss it one bit.
4. The solution
FINALLY, you find something that works. The blowing failed. The steaming works for you but putting a child’s head over a bowl of hot water was a no-go. The onion your mother told you to leave in the room is just icky at this stage...
Time to turn to modern science. For us, Clear Little Noses
by Clonmel Healthcare is a godsend. Clear Little Noses is an isotonic nasal cleansing solution for babies that comes in the form of aqua drops. It is free of preservatives and all-natural. It also moisturizes baby’s nose, avoiding rawness - the perfect sniffles solution that stops congestion and helps prevent colds. They also make one for ages 3+, so you know you can rely on a single brand as they grow up!
5. The relief
You’re almost surprised that your baby no longer sounds like an almost-empty ketchup bottle when he breathes. You can’t quite believe her lil’ nose is no longer stuffy and has returned to normal. YOU can also breathe easy again. Remember- take a pic or jot down that product that saved you from the dreaded baby sniffles, so you can use it again the next time and spread the word to your mum-pals!
Good luck with those little stuffed noses.