Don’t worry about getting the mucus in your mouth; manual nasal aspirators usually come with disposable filters, which you place at the end of the syringe.
- Assemble the manual nasal aspirator for baby as per the manufacturer’s instructions. Don’t forget to place the filter.
- Lay your baby down on their back.
- Use nasal saline drops if needed.
- Place the nozzle of the syringe just outside the baby’s nostril. Don’t put it inside; just close enough to seal the nostril.
- With the mouthpiece, gently apply suction to pull the mucus out.
- Repeat on the other nostril.
- Wipe your baby’s nose.
- Limit use to 3 to 4 times a day.
Throw away the filter properly; always use a new filter. Disassemble the parts of the manual nasal aspirator for baby and wash according to instructions (usually with warm, soapy water). Air-dry them completely.
How to Use an Automatic Nasal Aspirator
The instructions in using an automatic nasal aspirator for baby depend on the brand. It generally works like a bulb syringe – the only difference is you don’t need to apply suction manually. You just press the button and let it work for a couple of seconds.
Many automatic nasal aspirators come with two detachable tips. The larger one is for thick mucus, and the smaller one is for loose discharge. As always, limit use to 3 to 4 times daily to prevent irritation.
Care instructions also differ since they are usually battery-operated. Usually, you need to take the device apart and clean the detachable parts with soapy water.
A nasal aspirator for baby helps them breathe more easily in times when they experience a stuffy nose. In case your baby continues to have feeding and breathing problems, bring them to the doctor for proper assessment.
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