Mum Hack to Unblock Baby's Nose Has Left Parents and Medics Divided
This mum's unique method of unblocking baby's nose has left many parents divided. Some of whom admit to using it, while other said they faced more problems.
A stuffy nose can often mean one cranky baby and a worried parent, especially if its a newborn who only knows how to breathe with his nostrils. That's why unblocking baby's nose is crucial. While there are several methods to unblock a stuffy nose, this mum's home remedy for baby blocked nose has left the medics and parents divided.
Some believe her trick is perfect to get all that goop out of the baby's nose, while others believe it can be fatal if done wrong.
The "home remedy for baby blocked nose" video that was shared on Facebook last November has now gone viral. In this DIY technique, the new mum is seen injecting a syringe filled with salt water into her adorable daughter's nostril.
Home remedy for baby blocked nose: This DIY trick by a new mum goes viral
Distracting her little one with the camera, mum instructs her baby to keep her mouth open at all times. She then places the syringe inside the blocked nostril and presses the salt water inside.
Within a second, the other nostril shoots out snot that was blocking her nose. Take a look at the video to see how unblocking baby's nose works perfectly for this mum.
Soon after the video went viral, it received mixed reviews from parents and medics alike. Some said they used this method of unblocking baby's nose, and it worked well. Others said that it was dangerous and caused them more problems.
Viewers divided on DIY trick for unblocking baby's nose
While one user Josh Griffin said, "
Another user and mum Debbie Kieffer wrote, "
Respiratory therapist Terry Keefer Driscoll wrote that while this method works, it must be done keeping the child's temperament in mind. "
Australian user Jeanette Martin wrote, "
While mum Chasity Lee Price seemed against it. "
This home remedy for baby blocked nose may have left people divided, but if your baby has stuffy nose and you want to try some DIY, here's are a few doctor recommended ways.
Home remedy for baby blocked nose: Tried and tested methods you can use
- Saline nasal spray. You can purchase a saline nasal spray. This can be used on infants, babies as well as toddlers. Lay the baby (tilt the head back) and put two to three drops of the saline solution into each nostril. If it comes out, don't worry. Just wipe it away.
- Bulb syringe. A bulb syringe or a nasal aspirator is also quite helpful to unblock a stuffy nose. Lay the baby back as before. Now, squeeze the bulb and take out all the air, Gently, place the tip into one nostril and release the bulb as it sucks in all the mucus. Repeat the process in the other nostril.
- Steam up the room. Preferably the bathroom. Simply run a hot shower in your bathroom and when it turns steamy, you can sit with him for a few minutes to release the stuffiness and loosen up the mucus.
- Cool air humidifier. During colder days you might switch on the heat in your apartment. That sucks out any moisture in the air and makes the room dry and hot. This can make your baby's nose stuffy. So run a cool air humidifier to bring that moisture back and loosen the mucus.
- Elevate his head. You cannot place a pillow under your baby's head because of the risk of SIDS. But you can add a towel under his head and elevate it so he can breathe better.
If you are unsure of any of these methods of unblocking baby's nose – or if you have tried them all and your bub still has a stuffy nose – rush to your doctor for a consultation.