If your baby is scratching their nose, this is what it might mean

Your little one loves to explore. Once he or she finds their hands, your baby has to touch everything. But you’ve noticed your child has been rubbing and scratching at their nose. At first, it might have seemed like it was only an itch, but now it’s turned into your baby constantly touching their nose.

If you have seen your little one grabbing at their nose and getting whiny, there are a few things to check to try to get them back to a happy baby. An itchy nose outside could mean something inside needs a deeper look.

Check their nose

The first thing to do would be to check up their nose. Your baby might have a bit of dirt or a baby booger in there that is irritating them. Get the sucker and make sure that all is clear up there.

Your baby can’t blow their nose out yet, so you’ll have to help him or her out. It might seem too obvious or too simple, but sometimes it just is. If only all baby cries and cues were that easy.

Check their bedding

You love to sleep on fresh, clean sheets, right? Your baby’s nose could be getting irritated from dirty and dusty bedding. With all of the excitement and then all of the sleep deprivation, it could be something that is easily overlooked.

It can be hard to remember to do everything with a new baby. Write it down on the board, set new sheets out to remind yourself, or whatever else you have to do to get it done. You don’t like sleeping on gross, stale sheets. It could be messing with your baby’s nose.

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Your baby could have a cold

It could be that there is something else going on with your babe. Your little one could have a cold and as a result of that has a runny nose. Your baby doesn’t know what else to do but to keep rubbing at their nose. Getting your little one some medicine and keeping their nose clear will help your baby to leave their nose alone.

When you have a runny nose, it seems you are blowing your nose every five minutes. Your baby needs you to do all of that for him or her. Keep their nose clear and moisturized, and if it gets unbearable, talk to your doctor.

It could be a tooth

This might be overlooked, but if your baby has a runny nose and is always messing with it, your little one could be cutting a tooth. A runny nose could be a symptom of a tooth coming in.

Be careful, but open up your baby’s mouth and feel around in there. If you get bit, then that could answer your question. There are some random symptoms for teething babies. It seems like every kid does something different when cutting a tooth. Don’t underestimate the power of a teething baby. Never.

Your babe needs a nap

This is what every parent wants to hear. Put your baby down for a nap. It could be your baby doesn’t want to rub their eyes anymore. If only a nap was the answer to everything, right?

It could be that your baby is overly tired and doesn’t know what else to do with their hands. Getting your little one to take even a small nap could reset their little brain and get them back to normal. We all get cranky.

Upset baby in bed
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Your baby could have allergies

This isn’t the option you want to hear, but you can’t ignore the signs. Do allergies run in your family? Has your baby been rubbing their nose for way longer than what a normal cold would last? Is your little one constantly crinkling up their nose like there’s something always bothering it? Your baby could have allergies and doesn’t know what to do to get it to stop.

If you think your child has allergies, go ahead and make an appointment with your doctor. Remember that you can’t just buy any allergy medicine for your babe. If you child is under 2, you’ll need to get familiar with some natural allergy relief for toddlers because most medicines won’t be safe yet. Talk with your doctor, but there are plenty of natural ways to help your little one:

  • Watch your child’s reaction when outside
  • Nice warm baths at night to drain their nose and get dust/dirt off
  • No pets in the room at night
  • Warm compress

These are only a few, but even doing this little bit can help your child day to day. Having a child with allergies won’t always be fun, but it will be manageable.

You know best

If you have tried all of the basics, checked every fold and nook for any sign of any reason why, and your baby is still going at their nose, take your little one to the doctor.

You are the only advocate for your baby. Your little one can’t tell you or the doctor what’s wrong. If it bothers your baby, and it bothers you, make an appointment and get your child checked out. No doctor should ever make you feel like being cautious is the wrong choice when it comes to the health and safety of your little one.

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