Newborns can experience congestion for a variety of reasons including illness and allergies. Congestion may interfere with your baby's ability to feed and cause her general discomfort. Since babies lack the skills and abilities necessary to blow their own noses, you must clear your baby's nasal passages for her. This process is simple and an important skill for any new parent to learn. Consult your pediatrician if your baby's congestion does clear in 1 to 2 days.
Place your baby on his back on a flat surface such as his changing table. Squeeze 1 drop of saline into each of his nostrils. The saline will liquify the mucus, making it easier to remove.
Squeeze the nasal aspirator so the bulb is depressed. Insert the nasal aspirator gently into the middle of one of your baby's nostrils and release the bulb. The bulb will open, sucking air and mucus into it. Remove the nasal aspirator from your baby's nostril and repeat the process in his other nostril.
Evaluate your baby's breathing once you have removed mucus from both nostrils. Continue to suction the mucus from his nose until he can breathe comfortably.
- "Introduction to Maternity & Pediatric Nursing"; Gloria Leifer; 2010
- "Wong's Nursing Care of Infants and Children"; Marilyn J. Hockenberry PhD RN, et al.; 2010