If you are learning how to properly use a nasal bulb syringe, this may be the most important article that you ever read. But first, you need to realize that it may require you to be very patient and calm. If you are easily frustrated, it may be best for someone else to remove the mucus while you assist in another manner. This isn’t to discourage you; but it is in my opinion the safest for you and your baby. At the end of this article, you will learn how to properly use an aspirator.
The process of using a nasal bulb syringe is broken down into five simple steps, but it is vitally important that you follow each step precisely to prevent injury. You may also want to ask for assistance while performing these steps.
Step 1 – First, hold the nasal bulb syringe at an angle using your index and middle finger on the top, with your thumb on the bottom (almost as if you were holding a syringe.)
Step 2 – With your thumb on the bottom, fully squeeze the aspirator till complete stop. (IMPORTANT: DO NOT DO THIS WHILE THE ASPIRATOR IS IN YOUR BABY’S NOSTRIL. DO THIS ONLY WHEN IT IS AWAY FROM YOUR BABY’S NOSE.)
Step 3 – (Assistance is highly recommended at this point) In your arms, or preferably on a flat surface, hold your baby’s head from moving around and gently and slowly insert the tip of the nasal bulb syringe into your baby’s nostril pointing the tip in the direction of the mucus.
Step 4 – Now release your thumb from the bottom of the aspirator so that it creates a “suction” effect to remove the mucus. Quickly grab a soft cloth and wipe from the tip of the aspirator in a downward motion to remove the mucus.
Step 5 – Repeat steps until your baby’s nasal passage is clear.
If your baby’s nasal passage is severely congested, it may be helpful to use a humidifier or a hot shower first to loosen the mucus before suction.
In conclusion, follow these steps and you will be on your way to properly using your nasal bulb syringe.
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