My 5.5 month old has been stuffed up the last couple of nights. She starts rooting around to nurse at night and then tries to latch over and over and apparently can't nurse because she can't breathe through her nose. And then she gets frustrated so I've cleared out her nose by squirting saline drops into her nostrils, waiting a few minutes and then go in there repeatedly with the nasal aspirator. She hates it and I have to hold her head as still as I can while she squirms and tries to get away, she cries, the whole thing.
Is this normal and is there a better way to manage it?
Does breast milk work better? I find I don't have good enough aim to squirt it directly into her nose, but I could put some in a syringe.
Also, we've been using a humidifier the last couple of weeks since we turned on the heat--is that making it better or worse?