1. Baby Might Have Allergies
Allergies are a common occurrence in more and more people, so your baby might have them. When your baby has allergies, their body produces more phlegm than they normally have. An adult or child can get rid of the extra phlegm by simply clearing their throat or blowing their nose. Your baby, on the other hand, cannot do those, which means it stays in their nasal passages. A way to know if it is allergies is to think back to new foods your baby was exposed to. Your baby could be reacting to a new food.
2. Baby Might Have Bronchiolitis
If it is winter right now, it is likely your child might have bronchiolitis, which is a respiratory infection. Infants often get it when it is cold outside because their immune system is still building up. The type of infection often happens after your child has had a virus of some kind. The rasping comes from the lungs being inflamed, and there can also be congestion and a cough. Most of the time, your child can recover from it at home with the proper medication. If your child’s breathing is bad, a hospital is needed.
3. Baby Might Have Asthma
If your child is wheezing from time to time, and medicine does not help, they might have asthma. Asthma usually occurs in an infant if it is exposed to someone who smokes. If the child’s mother smoked while pregnant, the child could be born with asthma. Another reason your baby might have asthma is if you or someone in your family has a history of asthma. You should have your pediatrician run the required tests to check for asthma. Some pediatricians will recommend using asthma medication to see if it changes the rasping any.
4. Baby Might Have a Serious Condition
It is rare for the baby to have any serious condition because it is rasping, but there is a chance. Now, if it does happen to be something more serious, you will see other symptoms besides just the rasp. Some other illnesses which might be causing your baby to rasp are pneumonia or pertussis. It can also be a sign your baby might have a congenital or chronic disease. One of these diseases that causes a rasp is a cystic fibrosis. Now, it does not mean you need to panic and rush to the pediatrician.
5. Use a Humidifier
If your baby has allergies, several different items can be used, such as a humidifier. It will put extra moisture in the air, which means it is great to use on dry and humid days. Moisture in the air will help your baby clear the congestion out of their airway. It can also help you and other members of the household who are suffering from allergies. The humidifier can be placed in the corner of the room or up on a shelf. It means it can be placed out of the way.
6. Use a Bulb Syringe
If your child has any kind of congestion, you can try using a bulb syringe to clear it away. The device helps you suck the mucus out of your child’s upper airway. You do have to be careful, though, when using the device. Your child’s airways and nasal passages are still fully forming, so you could damage them easily. It just means you have to be very gentle and not force the device is too far. As anything goes when exposing something new to a baby, you have to take the proper precautions, meaning sanitizing.
7. Give Baby Plenty of Liquids
Something that might be causing your baby to have a slight rasp is they have an infection. It does not mean you are not properly taking care of your baby. Some babies are more receptive to infections, and it depends on how far along your baby is. Your baby’s immune system is still building itself up, so you just have to help it along. By giving your baby plenty of liquids, you are helping them clear any congestion. You have to remember a baby cannot clear congestion like an adult or older child can.
8. Use a Nebulizer
A nebulizer is something your baby’s pediatrician might prescribe for you to use. Usually, with babies, your doctor will tell you to use some saline within the nebulizer. Saline is sometimes used with albuterol, a medication, to help open your baby’s airways. Albuterol is recommended when there is a high chance your baby has asthma. It is because albuterol usually does nothing for rasping caused by other problems. It usually only helps with rasping caused by asthma. Now, it does not mean you will be told to use one because your baby has asthma.
9. Give Baby Medicine
If you have to take your child to see a doctor, you will likely receive medication. Now, the medication can be a wide range of types. It will all depend on what the doctor finds out your baby is getting its rasp from. You could be given a simple allergy medication to clear your baby’s congestion. You might also receive a nebulizer if the rasping is bad enough or caused by something more severe. Your doctor will have to run tests to find what is causing the rasp, which takes time.
10. Take Baby to Doctor
You should always take your baby to see the pediatrician if it is rasping. It does not mean you rush out to see the pediatrician, though. Depending on how bad the rasping is will determine how quickly your baby needs help. It is always best to get a diagnosis when the rasping first happens. Now, if your baby gets diagnosed with allergies or asthma, you do not have to go for every rasp. You will already know how to help them and will only have to go in dire situations. You might also have to go if the rasping is not getting better.