There is nothing worse than a sick baby!
When your little one’s nose is stuffy, eyes are puffy, and has a cough, then it’s time to jump into overdrive and try to do everything we can to make our baby feel better.
One of the BEST things to help my daughter feel better quicker is a steam bath. Trust me, a steam bath for baby is like a miracle!
A steam bath for baby is one of the best ways to help your baby get better from a cold and cough because it can:
- loosen up all of the “stuffed” mucus
- provide relief from clogged passages
- help them breathe easier
- and ultimately shortens the length of their cold and cough!
What is a steam bath?
A steam bath is when you make your bathroom nice and steamy so you can sit with your baby in the steam and let the steam loosen the clogged passageways.
How to make a steam bath
You make a steam bath for baby (or any child!) by turning your shower on super-hot and let your bathroom steam up like a steam room. You sit with your baby in the steamed bathroom for 15-20 minutes with the door closed, and your baby’s cough and clogged nose will begin to loosen up! Let your baby breathe in the warm, saturated air. It’s so easy!
You do NOT touch the shower or the hot water. Do NOT put your baby in scalding hot water. You’re just using the hot water to create steam.
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Benefits of a steam bath for baby
Loosen up phlegm
One of the major contributors to a child’s cough and cold is phlegm.
Babies don’t know how to blow their noses or intentionally cough up excess phlegm as adults can do. Because of this, they just continue to suck in and all of that nasty mucus gets caught in their throat and chest.
The best way to loosen up and get rid of this trapped mucus is a steam bath for baby. The steam from the shower will begin to loosen the mucus and it will slowly drain from your child’s nose- riding it from their throat and chest!
Relieve the sinus pressure
A cold can bring about some crazy sinus pressure, especially when you have a sinus cold!
It feels like you have a heavyweight glued to your forehead and all the pressure builds up in your nose area.
When a baby feels this way, they tend to get very frustrated and agitated because they cannot relieve the pressure. A steam bath for baby helps relieves this sinus pressure because as the steam loosens the mucus it helps relieve the intense pressure that your child may be feeling!
Open clogged passages
As I mentioned, a steam bath for baby can loosen the mucus and phlegm that is stuck in your baby’s nose, throat, and chest. Because the mucus is being relived and is now draining because of the steam, it is opening the clogged passages that are making your baby “stuffy”.
A steam bath will reduce the stuffy nose and open up their passages to breathe easier! No more clogged and stuffy nose when your baby is eating! AND the steam works immediately so your baby’s next feeding should go so much smoother because your little one can breathe better!
Prevent further build-up
One of the reasons a baby is sick so long is because they cannot voluntarily get rid of mucus in their nose or cough out built up phlegm. Because a steam bath loosens all the mucus, relieves the sinus pressure and opens the clogged passages, it prevents further mucus build up.
So instead of having the music build up for days and days and wait for it to drain, you can sit with your baby in the steamy bathroom every night for 20 minutes and it can prevent any more mucus build-up!
Shorten the length of coughs and cold
I love the steam bath because it not only works immediately but it also essentially shortens the length of my baby’s cough and cold!
Because all of the mucus and pressure are being released and my baby;’ passages are being opened, it helps my daughter get over a cold in about 3-4 days, instead of 7-10 days!
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So, there you have it! I absolutely love steam baths and every time my daughter has a cough or cold the steam baths immediately start to make her feel better! So if your baby is starting to get a little cough or stuffy nose know that a steam bath will help loosen their phlegm, relieve sinus pressure, open clogged passages, and shorten your baby’s cold!
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Please know that I am not a doctor or physician and I am not medically trained. All tips and advice given is based on my own experience and given to me by my own pediatrician. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact your doctor. This post is solely to offer encouragement from my experience and not designed to offer medical advice or treatment.