Using a Bulb Syringe

A bulb syringe is used to clear your infant's nose and mouth. You may use it when your infant spits up, has a stuffy nose, or sneezes. Infants cannot blow their nose so you need to use a bulb syringe to clear their airway. This helps your infant suck on a bottle or nurse and still be able to breathe.

USING THE BULB SYRINGE

  • Squeeze the air out of the bulb before inserting it into your infant's nose.

  • While still squeezing the bulb flat, place the tip of the bulb into a nostril. Let air come back into the bulb. The suction will pull snot out of the nose and into the bulb.

  • Repeat on the other nostril.

  • Squeeze syringe several times into a tissue.

USE THE BULB IN COMBINATION WITH SALT WATER NOSE DROPS

  • Put 1 or 2 salt water drops in each side of infant's nose with a clean medicine dropper.

  • Salt water nose drops will then moisten your infant's congested nose and loosen secretions before suctioning.

  • Use the bulb syringe as directed above.

  • Do not dry suction your infants nostrils. This can irritate their nostrils.

You can buy nose drops at your local drug store. You can also make nose drops yourself. Mix 1 cup of water with ½ teaspoon of salt. Stir. Store this mixture at room temperature. Make a new batch daily.

CLEANING THE BULB SYRINGE

Clean the bulb syringe every day with hot soapy water.

  • Clean the inside of the bulb by squeezing the bulb while the tip is in soapy water.

  • Rinse by squeezing the bulb while the tip is in clean hot water.

  • Store the bulb with the tip side down on paper towel.