Cleaning the baby’s nose is very important and requires special attention. Constant hygiene is able to prevent respiratory diseases, allergies, help in the treatment of rhinosinusitis, such as colds and flu – and even avoid the dreaded colic. We’ll explain how to do this cleaning! See more!
It is essential that parents know how to clean the baby’s nose properly. It should not be done in any way, after all the nasal mucosa is more delicate and sensitive than the skin of the ear! Therefore, it is not recommended to clean the baby’s nose with a towel or cotton swab, for example.
Most pediatricians recommend cleaning the baby’s nose twice a day, one after the bath, as hot water and steam help to dissolve the mucus and unblock the air passage.
Ways to clean your baby’s nose:
– Saline solution: is among the most recommended methods by pediatricians to clean the child’s nose. You can find the serum in several formats: single-dose ampoules, small bottles or aerosols.
Experts recommend that the serum be applied with a syringe, in a continuous jet in one of the nostrils. Thus, the baby can expel mucus through the contralateral nostril. Repeat the procedure on both sides, as many times as necessary to make the secretion clear.
Heads up! When you are going to apply the serum to your baby’s little nose, do not insert the applicator deeply into the nasal cavity.
– Nasal aspirators: Regardless of the type of vacuum cleaner you choose, you should start cleaning by putting a little saline inside the baby’s nose – keep the baby’s head slightly tipped back. This helps to soften and loosen the secretion before you suck it.
The nasal aspirator is indicated to facilitate hygiene and also unblock the baby’s nose when it is clogged. There are several models available on the market. Rubber “firecrackers”, which are shaped like a pear, are often the most used.
The way to use is very simple, you just need to squeeze the part that looks like a pear (bulb) to remove all the air and, consequently, create a vacuum. Insert the tip of the nasal aspirator into one of the child’s nostrils and unscrew it to suck the secretion.
As soon as you remove the aspirator from the baby’s nose, you should press the accessory tightly against a tissue and clean it so you can repeat the process in the other nostril.
Another model widely used by moms is the vacuum cleaner that comes with a ‘straw’ and mommy must ‘suck’ the secretion from inside the baby’s nose. Some moms prefer this vacuum cleaner model, as they believe they have better suction control.
The accessories of this type have a kind of ‘lock’ to prevent the nasal mucus from reaching your mouth, so you don’t have to worry about eating snot!
There are also electric nasal aspirators. These devices perform the same function as the conventional ones, but are usually more expensive.
Attention to dry weather!
In winter, clean your baby’s nose more often. That way, you avoid dryness and dehydration of the nasal mucosa.
To clean the baby’s nose: a dose of delicacy + patience
It doesn’t matter which technique you use to remove nasal discharge. Be sure: the baby doesn’t like to wipe his nose! You can cry and be very upset during the process. If he is very reluctant, wait a few minutes for him to calm down and try again. Over time, he will get used to it and complain less.
The cleaning of the baby’s nose needs to be very gentle, see ?! Otherwise, it can end up inflamed and even bleed.
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