How can I manage my baby’s symptoms?
Oftentimes, parents of babies with unilateral choanal atresia (where only one side of the nose is blocked) decide to wait on surgery until their infant is a little older. This is fine, as long as your baby doesn’t have severe breathing problems or difficulty eating. In the meantime, ask your healthcare provider how to properly manage choanal atresia symptoms. You may need to flush the nasal passages with saline to keep the tissues clean and healthy
If your baby has been diagnosed with bilateral choanal atresia — affecting both sides of the nose — then surgery is recommended as soon as possible. The goal is to open the nasal passages so your baby can breathe easily on their own.