Your baby’s snot can come in a variety of colors. Learn more about baby mucus colors and newborn and infant congestion from Blank Children’s Hospital.
No parent wants to wake up to a stuffy, uncomfortable baby, but it happens more often than a lot of parents care to admit. Whether it’s a cold, allergies, or an entirely different cause, baby congestion can make both you and your baby miserable.
Any parent with a baby under three months of age should be wary of newborn congestion. A stuffy nose or cold in a newborn can take a turn for the worse due to their weak immune systems. If your newborn is experiencing a stuffy or runny nose, make an appointment with your pediatrician.
In infants over three months of age, a stuffy and runny nose is not as major an issue. It’s easy for little noses to become congested because there isn’t much space. There are over 200 different cold viruses, and your baby doesn’t have any immunity to them until they pick them up. The average adult has between two and four colds a year. Just imagine how many of those your sensitive baby can develop! A runny nose doesn’t always mean a cold, however. In the winter, your baby’s nose tries to protect itself when you go out into the cold air. It creates more mucus to keep their nose moist and clear of particles.
Discovering that the snot coming out of your baby’s nose is a rainbow of colors can cause a lot of nervousness. Should you call the pediatrician? Should you take them to the ER? Before you make any decisions, find out what the color of your baby’s mucus truly means.
Baby Mucus Colors
Clear Baby Snot
White Baby Snot
Light Yellow Baby Snot
Bright Yellow Baby Snot
Green Baby Snot
Orange, Red, or Brown Baby Snot
Black or Gray Baby Snot
Sometimes, your little guy or gal gets so plugged up that they need a little help. Say hello to a baby snot sucker! Or, more specifically, a baby nasal aspirator. You may have seen these little, pointed plastic bulbs at the hospital when your baby was born. These baby nose suckers are a safe and natural way to remove all of the excess snot from your baby’s nose.
Steps to Suctioning Your Baby’s Nose
- Squeeze the bulb before inserting it into your baby’s nose to get rid of the air.
- Insert the tip of the bulb one-fourth to one-half inch into your baby’s nostril.
- Point the bulb tip toward the back of your baby’s nose.
- Let go of the compressed bulb slowly to suck up the snot.
- Remove the bulb from your baby’s nose and turn it so it’s pointing towards the floor.
- Squeeze the bulb with some force into a Kleenex to get rid of the mucus.
- Make sure to clean your baby’s nose sucker after each use with soap and water to prevent mold buildup.
Concerning Baby Congestion Symptoms
If your baby is congested and exhibits any of the below symptoms, call your doctor immediately:
- Your baby is younger than three months old
- Your baby isn’t having as many wet diapers as usual
- Your baby has a temperature of 100 degrees for more than three days
- Your baby is experiencing ear or sinus pain
- There is yellow eye discharge
- There is a cough that lasts for more than one week
- Your baby has green snot for more than two weeks
Go to the emergency room if your baby:
- Will not drink fluids
- Has a cough that causes vomiting or skin changes
- Coughs up blood
- Has problems breathing or is turning blue around the lips or mouth
It’s always better to be safe when it comes to your baby’s health. If your baby is experiencing any symptoms that worry or concern you, always feel free to call your pediatrician or schedule an appointment with a doctor in your area.