How To Suction a Baby’s Nose Using a Bulb Syringe

Bulb syringes are useful tools in removing obstructions from your baby’s nose. It removes mucous, milk and other liquids that may form in your baby’s nose. If you notice that your baby has a clogged nose, you can use a bulb syringe to remove the mucous that are trapped in it.

Here’s a simple way to suction your baby’s nose using a bulb syringe.

  • Observe your baby’s nostrils. If you notice that your baby has a difficult time breathing, check the nose for barriers. Mucous is a common obstruction. If you notice that your baby has a runny nose, you do not have to use a bulb syringe to remove the mucous in it. However, if you notice that your baby has a clogged nose, you will need to use a bulb syringe to remove the mucous. Bulb syringes are available in pharmacies or stores wherein baby products are being sold. A bulb syringe has one round spherical end connected to a tube like structure. It is inexpensive.
  • Make sure your child is well rested. If you notice that your baby is fussy, do not attempt to remove the mucous. Make sure he is calm when you do this. Lay him on a flat soft surface like a bed. Hold his head gently and squeeze the round spherical end of the bulb syringe. You will notice that air comes out when you do this. Make sure the spherical end is squeezed completely. Gently insert the other end in the nostrils. Gently release the hand squeezing the spherical end. You will notice that mucous is suctioned out of your baby’s nostril. If it doesn’t, you may need to pinch the other nostril or press it using your thumb. Do not force the tube in your baby’s nose. This will only irritate your baby and can also harm your baby as well.
  • Clean the bulb syringe. You will need to clean the bulb syringe before using it again. Clean it by squeezing the mucous on to a tissue paper. You may need to repeat this step again and again. Make sure the bulb syringe is free from mucous. You do not need to disinfect the bulb syringe with alcohol because it will irritate your baby’s nose.
  • Repeat the same procedure with the other nostril. There are some cases wherein only one nostril is clogged. If you notice this, you do not need to repeat the steps. However, if it is clogged you will need to repeat the steps.


It is important to clean the bulb syringe thoroughly after using it. Use soapy cool water to disinfect and clean the bulb syringe. Make sure that you squeeze it several times to remove the mucous completely. It is important to rinse the bulb syringe after soaping it.

There are different solutions which your can drop in your baby’s nostril to make the mucous easier to suction out. Saline nose drops make mucous softer thus making them easier to suction out. Saline nose drops are available in pharmacies.

Always suction your baby’s nose before feeding. Vomiting can occur if you suction your baby’s nose after feeding. You can also use bulb syringes to remove milk stuck in your baby’s nostril.

 

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