Several gallons of air pass through the nasal regions of the average human being every day. Babies are forced to breathe through their noses more than most of us, as they spend much of their time feeding from their mothers’ breasts. Keeping your baby’s nose clean will not only make it more comfortable but can also aid with restful sleep.
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Things you need
- Saline solution
- Eye dropper
- Glass jar with lid
- Clean towel
- Bulb syringe
Place your baby down on the floor on a baby mat or soft blanket. Gently tilt your baby’s head in an upward direction so you can see up the nasal passage.
Squirt a few drops of saline into the passage of your baby’s nose using an eye dropper. Saline solution can help loosen any nasal deposits and make them easy to remove. Store the remaining saline solution in a lidded jar to preserve it for future use.
Keep your baby’ head still for a few seconds after you have applied the saline so the liquid can sink in and loosen any nasal deposits. Clean the eye dropper by running under warm water and drying with a clean towel.
Wait for a few minutes and check your baby’s nose again to see if the blockage is still present. If the saline has not cleared the deposit, a bulb syringe may be effective.
Clear the syringe of air by squeezing the rubber, rounded base. This will create a vacuum and make it safe to insert into your baby’s nose.
Grip the base of the syringe firmly. Insert the tip of the syringe into your baby’s nostril. Slowly release the rounded bulb to draw out the mucus.
Take they syringe out of the nostril. Hold a tissue in your spare hand and squeeze the head of the bulb so the syringe tip ejects its contents into the tissue. Clean the syringe and repeat the process for the other nostril.
Check your baby’s nose after ten minutes. If the blockage persists, begin the process again, ejecting drops of saline into the nose and using the syringe again if necessary.
Rubber bulb syringe
Tips and warnings
- Avoid using the suction device more than three times a day. Babies’ noses are sensitive and over-suctioning can inflame the nasal lining and increase congestion problems.
- Pay attention to your baby’s response to the device and avoid using the syringe for a few days if it aggressively resists your actions.
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