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Newborn Care: How to Clean Your Baby’s Nose

Babies breathe through their noses without having to do anything to make it easier for them to breathe, unless they have a stuffy nose, which prevents them from breathing.

In this case, it is recommended to clean the baby’s nose so that he can breathe and eat without fatigue (remember how difficult it is to chew when there are many people).

Let’s see what is the best way (or at least my favorite way, because there are many ways to do it)

They are not always snot

Before explaining something, I want to make a point. We don’t always think they do. Sometimes they live off the breast or bottle and squeeze a little milk into the respiratory tract.

This leads to “grow and grow” when listening to breathing, which makes us suspect that it is a cold. If they knew how to clear their throat they would solve it without any problem, but since they did not know it, the milk would stay in the “elevator” plan until it was absorbed or returned to their mouth.

In any case, if it is milk, we will not see it through the nose, so when we cannot see the nasal mucus, we will not wash it off.

There is no pre-set time, because if the baby’s nose is stuffy and he has difficulty breathing and cannot eat, it is better to try cleaning it a bit, but there are times when the mucus will be a little easier, such as after a shower. , when When the steam in the water dilutes the mucus.

Physiological saline

It is the main tool for cleaning the nose of babies and the most used tool. It is water to which salt is added to give it a “physiological” ratio, that is, it is similar to the liquid in our body. That is why it is suitable for cleaning any part of the body, including wounds, eyes and nose, so it can be administered parenterally (through a vein).

The saline solution helps break down the mucus and pull it out so the baby can scoop it out or swallow it. Yes, I know you want to know if there is no swallowing problem, that’s why I answer: no, no problem, if so, it is certain that the baby will be born and have a runny nose.

Different presentations

The physiological saline can be purchased in small ampoules, which makes it more comfortable and hygienic; It can be purchased in large jars (100ml, 500ml, 1000ml, etc.) and even in aerosols, which seems to dissolve Mucus better. .

Each mother must decide which one is better. It is important that when using it, do not insert anything into the baby’s small hole (do not even spray potion) to avoid injury.

Heat it up first

The pediatrician once told me that this is a “trick” that works well. If we apply the serum to the baby at a temperature close to the baby’s body, it will be much less bothersome for the baby than if we take it cold.

I tried it myself (sometimes I wanted to know how they felt), and then it got really hot, and I didn’t even realize that the serum had gotten into my throat, but due to the cold, I immediately noticed it on my nose and Se feel more upset.

To warm it up, just put it in your hand for a while and put it in a pocket that is in contact with our body … (the mother who explained to the pediatrician put it on the cleavage).

How to do it

If we use normal saline solution in the spray, then the most important thing is to put the gun at least in the nostrils to prevent the saline from entering.

The pressure is limited and suitable for all age groups, so it is difficult to damage it, but if we try to install the sprayer perfectly in the child’s mouth, it is dangerous because the full force of the spray will act directly on the nose (if not we will adjust, part of the pressure will be discharged through the same hole).

I comment on the topic of stress because too much pressure can cause mucus (and germs) to enter the ear.

Ideally, since the spray has some strength, it is to let the baby lie down, go to one side and apply the serum to the upper hole, operate the other hole, but operate on the other side.

If you don’t know how to use the syringe well, it is not recommended because pressure is difficult to control and manage, and knowing where to point is important. In fact, when using it, it is best to keep the baby face down to prevent the serum from flowing to unnecessary places.

Is it sucked later with a rubber bulb?

Rubber pears have been used a lot in the past, but they don’t work well and can cause problems.

It is not recommended to adjust the nostrils, because the inhalation can be too strong and affect the baby’s ears, and because someone presses the pear into the hole and then inhales, so when it is necessary to apply vacuum pressure outside (I often glide push air in Then turn off.

The problem with this is that if it does not adapt to the nostrils it will not give many results, so whatever we do, it is useless, otherwise we run the risk of damaging the baby.

And with nasal aspirators?

For some time now, the nasal aspirator has become very fashionable. It consists of a mouthpiece for parents, a tube and a head that fits the baby’s nose. There is a filter on the head to limit the suction pressure and keep the nasal mucus reaching (of course the head is interchangeable).

They work very well, although in my own experience, despite the filtering conditions, the ambitions are still too high. Ideally, be careful and vacuum gently, if not much mucus comes out, add some salt water again and try again after a while (let the mucus get wet).

However, due to the improper use of mucus or the high frequency of use, the risk of mucus eventually entering the ear canal, it is recommended to use it as little as possible.

But they don’t like me to wipe his nose

Well no, they usually hate it and get really mad when we do it. So I tried to find out which methods are the most troublesome and which methods are the least.

The least problematic is that salt water is heated drop by drop without suction. The baby needs to inject the serum into the nose (side) for a few seconds, and then we mix it. This will pull out the mucus serum that has dissolved (and you may even swallow some of it).

Then there will be a spray, and when the pressure is higher, it will produce a very different sensation in the nose, and finally we will discuss the most effective but most annoying binary serum aspirator. This method is suitable for occasions when serum alone is insufficient and the baby is still engorged despite washing hair.

How many times can it be done?

Although we must bear in mind that it will annoy them, it can be run as many times as necessary. Therefore, if only a small amount of mucus remains, it will not prevent you from breathing or eating, it is best not to insist and wash it again if necessary.