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Chop up onions to help baby with blocked sinuses and runny nose

28 Feb

It’s amazing what a chopped up onion can do – did you know it can be the perfect natural decongestant and remedy for a blocked nose?

When our little boy had his first proper cold at about 3 months, with a blocked nose and a terrible sounding cough, a friend in Switzerland suggested we cut up an onion and place it next to his crib. Now as we share the room with our baby, this also meant we were exposed to the horrible stench of a chopped up onion – and let me tell you, the smell is potent!

But to our surprise, it really works. When our boy woke for his night feed his nose was noticeably clearer than when he went to sleep. And then in the morning, a few hours after the onion had dried up, his sinuses got congested again.

Now at nearly 6 months he just got his second cold. And once again we’ve placed an onion next to his crib and again it has really helped him to sleep. It might be coincidence but so far I have to agree with my friend: it really works!

Some other natural remedies for blocked sinuses:

  • You can try a nasal saline spray, they are available in most pharmacies
  • Use a Baby Nasal Aspirator to temporarily relieve the symptoms
  • Karvol decongestant drops (from 3 months)
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