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Video:How to Use a Bulb Syringe for a Baby's Nose

with Kathy Moore

A nasal bulb syringe is the perfect tool to help clear a baby's nose when she is suffering from nasal congestion. See how to suction a baby's nose with a bulb syringe.See Transcript

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Transcript:How to Use a Bulb Syringe for a Baby's Nose

Hi, I'm Kathy Moore for About.com. Having a stuffy nose is no fun especially for babies. This program will explain how to use a bulb syringe to relieve nasal congestion in infants.

Babies and Nasal Congestion

As adults we know how to blow our noses but babies are not so fortunate. An infant with a stuffy nose may have trouble swallowing and feeding so it is important to ensure babies can breathe properly through their noses especially at feeding time.

Why Use a Nasal Bulb Syringe?

A nasal bulb syringe is the perfect tool to help clear your baby's nasal passages. As you squeeze the rubber bulb end it pushes air out the tip. When you release the pressure on the bulb, air rushes back in creating gentle suction.

Practice Using the Bulb Syringe

It is a good idea to practice squeezing and releasing the bulb a few times before you try it out on your baby.

Position the Baby

When you are ready to begin, start by holding your baby in an upright position. Alternately, you can try resting your baby's head on a firm pillow so she is propped up at about a 40 degree angle.

Suction the Nose with the Bulb Syringe

Then, use one hand to steady your infant and the other hand to hold the bulb syringe. Squeeze all the air out of the syringe and hold it tight. Then carefully insert in into your baby's nostril. You do not need to stick the syringe in very far at all to do an effective job of suctioning.

Next release the tension on the bulb end and watch it refill with air. As it does the syringe creates suction inside the nostril, gently pulling out the mucus. Remove the tip from the baby's nose and squeeze any collected mucus onto a tissue or clean baby wipe. Then repeat the process with the other nostril.

When you are finished just rinse the bulb syringe with water and squeeze out any residue.

When to Use a Bulb Syringe

The best time to suction your baby's stuffy nose is before feeding and at bedtime. Be careful not to suction your baby's nose more than 3 or 4 times a day as it can cause some irritation of the nasal passages if done too frequently.

Helping your baby breathe easier will make feeding and rest time more enjoyable for you and for baby. Thanks for watching. To learn more, visit us on the Web at About.com.
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