Sneezing: Is My New Baby Sick?

Sneezing: Is My New Baby Sick?



“My newborn sneezes a lot! I have pets. Do you think he has allergies?”


Newborn and Sneezing











Our Answer:

Great question!


Newborns sneeze often in their first few weeks of life. It does not mean that they have a cold or allergies. Sneezing is a baby’s way of clearing his nose.


Baby’s nasal passages are tiny and can easily be clogged. Often there is a bit of mucus that needs to be cleared. Babies born by cesarean section tend to have a bit more mucous as baby was not “squeezed out” through the birth canal.


Contact your healthcare provider if wheezing, fever or other signs of illness accompany baby’s sneezing.




About the authors:

Cindy and Jana are Registered Nurses and International Board Certified Lactation Consultants who have assisted over 20,000 families.


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