After suctioning, clean the syringe with warm, soapy water by squeezing it several times. Pull water inside and shake the aspirator, too, before squeezing the water out. Afterward, rinse with clean water before air-drying it. Please keep in mind that bulb syringes are prone to wear-and-tear, so you might have to change it a couple of times. The good news is, bulbs are typically inexpensive.
How to Use a Manual Nasal Aspirator for Baby
A manual nasal aspirator for a baby typically comes with a tube: one end has a mouthpiece where you manually apply suction with your mouth, and the other end has a syringe that pulls the mucus out of your baby’s nose.
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 the 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 baby manual respirator parts and wash according to instructions (usually with warm, soapy water). Air-dry them completely.