@dfoster85 - That's a good idea! I had a similar experience. And my baby was all congested, too, because of having been a surgical birth. Somehow, they brought the saline nasal drops for my infant right away and I had to wait and wait. (Each person has to have his or her own bottle, of course.)
Doctors regularly recommend the use of saline (via nasal drops for infants and children, and sprays and neti pots for teens and adults) when there is a need to clean and clear the nasal cavity. Saline is sodium chloride and water. Sodium chloride is a mineral found naturally occurring in the earth and body that excels at breaking up and thinning mucus when used in the right concentration. Saline Soothers products are made with 0.9% isotonic saline. Patented Saline Soothers are uniquely formulated with just the right amount of saline to soothe and moisturize your nose and face without irritation.
Instead, try a saline nasal spray or saline drops for infants which will help to wash pollen out of the sinus cavity and clear up mucus and congestion, said Sherry Torkos, a holistic pharmacist based in Fort Erie, Ontario and author of “The Canadian Encyclopedia of Natural Medicine.” A neti pot with a few drops of eucalyptus essential oil and homeopathic eye drops like those made using euphrasia, an herb, can help too.
Suction is another one of the fastest and easiest ways to clear mucus that has been clogged in the infant's nose besides using saline drops for infants. Since a baby cannot blow his/her nose, suctioning is the best way to remove the secretions from the nose. It will easily clear the nasal passage, helping an infant breathe well and comfortably. It is best done before and after eating so the infant will enjoy meal time. Avoid suctioning when the baby is sleeping.