Using Saline Nose Drops with 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 SALINE 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.

HOME CARE INSTRUCTIONS

  • Use saline nose drops often to keep the nose open and not stuffy. It works better than suctioning with the bulb syringe, which can cause minor bruising inside the child's nose. Sometimes, you may have to use bulb suctioning. However, it is strongly believed that saline rinsing of the nostrils is more effective in keeping the nose open. This is especially important for the infant who needs an open nose to be able to suck with a closed mouth.

  • Throw away used salt water. Make a new solution every time.

  • Always clean your child's nose before feeding.

  • Do not use the same solution and dropper for another child.