HOW TO CLEAN YOUR BABY'S NOSE
CLEANING YOUR BABY'S NOSE
All new parents want to ensure their baby is comfortable and in good health. Newborns are delicate and their immune systems continue to develop as they grow. They are more prone to congestion, and the lack of ability to clear their nasal passages themselves leaves them especially susceptible to discomfort. No parent wants to see their baby in distress or struggling to breathe!
Nose cleaners or nasal aspirators are a comfortable alternative to traditional bulb syringes and are another common tool many parents use to make life easier for their little ones. A nose cleaner is a device that clears congestion by being inserted directly through a baby’s nostrils, thus making the babies easier to breathe.
THESE ARE SOME FEW QUESTIONS YOU MIGHT HAVE
1. How to tell if your baby’s nose is clogged?
Other than obvious signs of a cold or infection, if your baby snorts, has noisy breathing, finds it difficult to feed, or is very irritable, it could be because of a stuffy nose. Another sign your baby is congested is when your baby is breathing through his/her mouth.
2. What age are baby nose cleaners for?
Nose cleaners are best for babies 3 months and younger. Infants have little or no ability to clear their noses themselves and will try their hardest to nose breathe, even when it seems impossible. Once babies are older, they’ll switch to breathing through their mouth when congested.
3. Could I accidentally injure my baby using the nose cleaner?
The skin inside the nostrils is fragile, and aggressive suctioning can cause inflammation and even bleeding. This will only make congestion worse. Use only gentle suction, no more than 2 to 3 times per day as required. If your baby is resistant, don’t persist. Give her some time and try again later.
4. What should I do if my baby is still congested after using the nose cleaner?
Using a cool-mist humidifier can help ease a congested baby alongside nasal aspiration. If you need to aspirate all the time, if the mucus is green in colour, the baby is distressed, discoloured or isn’t feeding, seek medical attention promptly.
3 BEST TIPS TO CLEAN YOUR BABY NOSE
TIP #1 - USE THE PROPER TOOLS
Your baby will take his or her cues from you, so try to relax and be calm when attempting nose cleaning. Use the proper tools for the job – make sure you have a device made specifically for the purpose, like the JOYLEE™ Nose Cleaner.
TIP #2 - KEEP YOUR BABY CALM
Ensure your baby is calm when you do it – try to deal with the problem before he or she gets too distressed. Talk to your baby and soothe him or her throughout the entire process. However, with the JOYLEE™ Nose Cleaner, it has built-in LED lights and music to keep the baby relaxed
TIP #3 - BE CONFIDENT AND GENTLE
Be confident and gentle in your approach so it will be over before your baby even notices what’s going on. These sort of baby care tasks do require some practice. It’s so hard when you just want to ease their discomfort and they won’t let you! Just take a deep breath, and try again. Don't worry, the JOYLEE™ Nose Cleaner is completely safe with its non-toxic material and non-invasive use.
5 NATURAL WAYS TO CLEAN YOUR BABY'S NOSE
1. Sleeping positions for a blocked nose
If you’re like any new parent, you often wake several times throughout the night to check on your baby, especially if your baby is sick. If you’re afraid your baby isn’t breathing well, try and raise the mattress by placing a rolled towel underneath, which will gently raise the baby’s head. Remember to never place loose items inside the crib to prevent choking hazards.
2. Natural chest rubs
You can make a natural chest rub at home using a thick lotion and essential oils such as lavender or chamomile to help your baby with a congested nose. Chest rubs work well right before bedtime. Simply rub a small amount on your baby’s chest to soothe him/her to sleep.
3. Place a humidifier in the baby’s room
Fill a humidifier and run it in the baby’s room. The moisture alone when placed close to the crib can help the baby breathe while sleeping. In fact, even when your baby isn’t sick, a humidifier adds moisture into dry air which can also help relieve irritated, dry skin.
4. Use saline drops or spray
One of the easiest ways to clean a baby’s or toddler’s nose is to use a saline nasal spray. The nasal spray works by thinning out the mucus, allowing the nose to clear out and ease congestion. If you can’t run to the store for saline drops or spray, try mixing one cup of warm, filtered water and a ½ teaspoon of salt. Make sure your mixture is completely cooled before using it. Try tilting your baby’s head back and spraying or squeezing a couple of drops inside the nose. Then, follow with some tummy time or by tilting your baby on its side, allowing the mucus to drain. Keep a soft tissue handy to wipe his/her nose.
5. Nose Cleaner
Last, but certainly not least, is a nose cleaner. The JOYLEE™ Nose Cleaner works well in combination with the other nose clearing techniques already discussed. For example, use a little saline spray to loosen up the mucus and follow up with the nose cleaner. This will really get all the gunk out and leave your baby breathing much better.
SAY GOODBYE TO STUFFY NOSES WITH JOYLEE™ NOSE CLEANER
A common rite of passage into parenthood is clearing out your baby’s nose for the first time. It can be scary and there are often tears involved. But don’t worry, it will get easier. Hopefully, these tips and natural home remedies can help make the experience a little less stressful and help you clear your baby’s nose like a pro.
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