Nasal obstruction in the neonate and infant

Clin Pediatr (Phila). 1992 Jan;31(1):25-9. doi: 10.1177/000992289203100106.


The neonate is a preferential nasal breather; therefore, nasal obstruction in the neonatal period may cause significant sequelae. Although the uncommon choanal atresia is the main condition to be excluded, many other possible causes exist. A systematic approach to the workings of nasal obstruction in the neonate and infant is outlined so that appropriate management can be instituted.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Humans
  • Infant
  • Infant, Newborn
  • Nasal Obstruction / etiology*
  • Nasal Obstruction / therapy
  • Nose Diseases / complications
  • Nose Diseases / therapy
  • Respiratory Tract Infections / complications