Tuesday, 8 November 2011

Top Tips to Unblock Little Noses with Dr. Catherine Hood and Sterimar Baby

As I told you last week (here), I'm proud to be a Blogger Ambassador for Sterimar Baby, the 100% natural seawater nasal spray. We're coming up to the prime time for the cold weather sniffles so I thought it would be a great time to share this advice from Sterimar Baby on helping to unblock little noses. If you're a breastfeeding mum, you'll know how difficult it can be for baby to feed properly with a clogged up nose and I always found Stérimar to be a gentle but effective way of clearing out the muck. Read on for the experts' advice.


With cold season upon us, your little one is very likely to experience a blocked nose at some point. With doctors recommending no medications for young children1, it leaves parents questioning what is safe to use. We have asked expert, Dr. Catherine Hood, to provide her top tips for unblocking little noses. As a practicing physician and mother of two, she has a wealth of experience.

“During the winter months, as people tend to stay indoors more, and are in closer contact, there are more shared germs, increasing the chances of getting coughs and colds. Little ones are especially vulnerable to illness and germs as their bodies are in the earliest phases of building up natural immunities. Little ones will often experience blocked nose, even when not sick. Since they’re unable to blow their noses, the mucus just collects there.” says Dr. Catherine Hood.

When little one’s get a blocked nose, they don’t just have the discomfort that goes with it, but they will also have difficulty breathing, sleeping and eating which will upset their routine. Seeing your little one experiencing discomfort will leave parents looking for a solution.
Here are Dr. Catherine Hood’s Top Tips to Unblock Little Noses:

Use a seawater spray to loosen mucous secretions.

Ease congestion by humidifying the air. Put a bowl of water on the radiator in the nursery, use an electric humidifier or carry your baby into a steamy bathroom.

Raise the head of the cot slightly to help ease congestion at night.

Use a bulb syringe carefully to unblock the nostrils and remove mucous.

Menthol or eucalyptus can help breathing. Put menthol in a bowl of water in the nursery, use a plug in vaporizer or put some aromatic oil on a tissue and place it in the cot. Some inhalants can irritate young babies so follow the product advice.

Give frequent, small feeds if the baby is finding it hard to feed.

While expert recommendations are important, it’s always good to hear what everyday mums think about Stérimar Baby. Research conducted by Sterimar found that the majority of parents and caregivers (86%) would recommend the product to a friend.

Catherine Hood added that “Stérimar Baby is an effective and stress-free natural solution that can stop your little one’s blocked nose in its tracks. Stérimar Baby harnesses the benefits of sea water with a reduced salt content for extra gentleness. Minerals and trace elements like those found in sea water are extremely important for the balance of the internal environment of the body. Stérimar Baby works with the physiology of your baby’s nose to strengthen its defences and keep it in top condition.”

Stérimar Baby is the only 100% natural seawater nasal spray specially designed to clear and unblock little noses, which can be used from birth. The spray is very gentle yet effective. It is uniquely formulated to keep the nose in top condition so that it can fight infections more effectively. To help parents out, the pump is designed so that you can use the spray at any angle, which makes life much easier when your baby is squirming. The patented micro diffusion design of Sterimar Baby ensures that the spray can get to all the hard to reach areas of your little one’s nose and helps to thoroughly clear the whole sinus area much better.

Stérimar Baby is:

100% natural


It has no preservatives or additives

It can also be used on its own or with other medications as long and as often as required

It has been awarded the Allergy UK Allergy Friendly Award

Stérimar Baby is available in Boots stores, on boots.com and most pharmacies across the UK for an RRP of £4.07. For additional information, please visit http://www.sterimarnasal.co.uk/.

Let me know if you have any other top tips for dealing with bunged up noses or, if you've tried Sterimar already, let us know what you thought. If you're a new mum with any questions, feel free to ask away too. If I don't know the answers, I can ask the experts at Sterimar for you !

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  1. I discovered Sterimar a few years ago and buy it for my blocked sinus problem. I haven't seen the baby version but would look for it, in case we need it in the cold weather. It is quite upsetting for a little one who is breastfed when he cannot breathe and eat at the same time

  2. Sterimar is the only 100% natural one so it's the safest and the Baby version has a lower salt content. It also has a brilliant spray action that works at any angle which is a not negligeable advantage when dealing with a squirmy baby !!

  3. I am a keen user of Sterimar! My dad, a French GP, always told me it's one of the best products out there for babies and toddlers.

  4. Oh wow, it must be so reassuring to have a doctor in the family when you have kids ! It was our doctor in France who recommended Sterimar to us too ! :)

  5. Yep, used this to unblock my 4 month old this morning and she fed beautifully after. In other countries, using nasal washes is usual treatment for congestion in people of all ages, but in the UK we are still stuck to syrups and pills.