Generally speaking, physicians always recommend parents remove their babies’ nasal mucus whenever it is possible. That is a need action to avoid infection that can spread even to the ears. In addition to that, it will reduce your child's discomfort. Nasal congestion in infants and newborns happens due to the blockage of the nasal passages with the build-up of mucus. If not, it can happen due to the inflamed blood vessels in the membrane lining.
This condition is also regarded as nasal blockage, nasal obstruction, or stuffy nose. Some might even call it blocked nose. Regardless of the name, nasal congestion can appear in different ranges from a mild condition to a serious condition. You should know that newborns can breathe through their noses and that’s why they are called "obligate nose breathers". Nasal congestion in infants can even interfere with breastfeeding and may lead to life-threatening respiratory distress. If the mucus remains in the nose for pretty long periods, it can lead to serious sinus infections. They can even spread to the ears.
So, what is the most effective method and to clean your baby’s congested nose?
The answer is pretty obvious; the most effective and practical solution is to use a nasal aspirator. Basically, these nasal aspirators come in three types.
All these types come with unique characteristics. However, the electric nasal aspirator is considered to be a very effective one. That is because it comes with unique controllers to change the suction power which is very useful when you use it on a baby.
If you are a new parent, you can even consider a bulb-type nasal aspirator (which is very safe for babies). Generally, hospitals provide new parents with these nasal aspirators. One of the main drawbacks associated with these manual aspirators is the limited size. The suction power of these aspirators is limited. If you don’t insert the nozzle carefully into the nostril of the child it may even damage the nasal membranes which are very delicate.
How to use a manual baby nasal aspirator?
Using a baby nasal aspirator is not that difficult. However, following the right instructions is mandatory to prevent potential injuries. Also, it is better to have someone to assist you when using a nasal aspirator for your baby.
- As the first step, hold the nasal aspirator with an angle using the index finger and the middle finger. In other words, hold the aspirator as if you are holding a syringe.
- With the thumb placed on its bottom, you should squeeze the bulb until you reach the complete stop. You are not supposed to do this when the aspirator is insider the nostril of the baby.
- With some assistance, preferably, hold your baby’s head so it doesn’t move. Now, insert the nozzle of the aspirator slowly into the nostril.
- Just release the thumb from the bottom part of the aspirator. It will suck the mucus.
That’s it. Place the tip of the aspirator downwards and wipe it with a clean cloth. Repeat the process until the baby’s nasal passage has no obstructions.