Nasal congestion occurs in infants because they have no concept of ‘blowing their noses’. Unless they are too wriggly, the very careful use of a cotton bud can relieve congestion from the lower part of the nostrils. Infants spend a lot of time lying flat, which allows gravity to pull the catarrh to the back of the nose. Prop the baby up as much as possible.



Any suggestion of a squint should be reviewed by an ocular specialist.

Leave well alone. The problem will resolve by itself despite the apparent discomfort that the child is suffering.

In severe cases hold the child on your lap by a table. Place a few drops of lavender oil, elder flowers, Euphrasia or a mixture of rosemary and thyme in a bowl of steaming water and place a towel over yourself, baby and the bowl. Stay there for a few minutes while the steam and oil acts as a decongestant.

Two drops of lavender oil or chamomile oil on the pillow may be effective or one of the orthodox decongestants can be used, but if the child is taking a homeopathic remedy this will be nullified if the preparation contains camphor, menthol or mint of any sort.

Nose bleeds in infants should be checked by a paediatrician or suitably qualified practitioner.


Try to encourage the production of catarrh if the symptoms are mild.

Excess catarrh can be reduced by eliminating dairy products, alcohol and sugar from the diet until the condition has improved. Homeopathic remedies can encourage the production of catarrh and, depending on the colour, consistency, amount and time of day of production, a suitable remedy can be most beneficial. There are over 200 remedies that have a catarrhal effect and specific assessment is required from your favourite homeopathic manual.

The following vitamins and supplements can be of benefit if taken as prescribed, with food, per foot of height: vitamin A (l,OOOiu), vitamin C (500mg) and zinc (2.5mg).

Persistent catarrh may be an allergic response. See Allergies.

Ensure good hydration, drinking at least one pint of water per day per two feet of height in addition to your normal fluid intake. This dilutes down the catarrh, making it easier for the body to blow or cough out.


Catarrh is the medical term for mucus found in the upper respiratory tract – sinuses, nose and throat. Catarrh is an essential part of good health because it contains antibodies and white blood cells that attack invading viruses, bacteria and fungi. Catarrh is also produced when the body is trying to rid the membranes of toxic substances such as pollutants, excess dust and also in response to foreign proteins such as plant pollen. The orthodox approach to troublesome catarrh, usually associated with colds, is to try to suppress this useful excretion, whereas the holistic approach is to encourage its production so that the cause of the excess mucus can be eliminated.