Sneezing: Is My New Baby Sick?

Sneezing: Is My New Baby Sick?

 

Question:

“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.

 


 

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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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