It is quite distressing for parents to see their baby with a runny nose and having some difficulty breathing as well as not being able to eat well. In this case, it is good that said parents clean the nose correctly and in this way the baby can breathe much better again. If you do not know how to do it since you are afraid of hurting him, do not worry since I give you some guidelines to follow so that you can do it without any problem.
WHEN IS THE BEST TIME TO CLEAN THE NOSE
If the baby has an excess of mucus in his nostrils the cause of a cold you can clean him at any time of the day and when you see that he has more mucus. However, it is advisable to do it after bathing since the steam from the water will help the mucus to soften and can come out much better.
When cleaning the baby’s nose, it is best to use physiological saline . It is water with a little salt and it is perfect when it comes to softening the snot and making it much easier to remove them from the nose. This serum is also perfect when cleaning various wounds as it helps to disinfect them. The serum is sold in pharmacies or specialized establishments in small vials or in large bottles. You can also find it to apply it
in the form of an aerosol. At the time of application, just add a couple of drops in each hole and wait for the liquid to soften the mucus.
HOW TO APPLY PHYSIOLOGICAL SALINE
In the case of using the serum bottles, it is normal to drop two drops of said serum into the child’s nostrils. To avoid that it may feel annoying, you can heat the serum a little so that the little one does not notice the liquid so cold. You have to do it on your back and without being afraid of it being swallowed since there is no danger of anything happening to it.
Once the serum has done its job and the snot has softened, you should take a nasal aspirator and start very carefully sucking the snot out of the nose. This vacuum cleaner should not be abused as it can cause harm to the baby. If you see that despite sucking, there are still mucus to come out, the best thing is to add some physiological saline again and try again. The big problem with nasal aspirators is that excessive use of them can cause mucus to end up in the baby’s ear, producing some type of infection in said ears. That is why specialists advise using such vacuum cleaners as little as possible.
You can apply the serum as many times as you want, although it is important that you know that your baby will not like anything at all. The nose is one of the parts of the body that babies hate to be touched so it is quite normal for them to get very angry when you have to clean their nose. There are mothers and fathers who become very obsessed with the subject of their baby’s snot and are continually cleaning their little one’s nose. Do not abuse it and go to the physiological saline when the baby has certain difficulties when breathing. On the other hand, it is quite normal that you have some mucus in your nose and that does not mean you cannot breathe or eat well.