How to clean the nose of babies

Clean­ing spout a lit­tle crumb is a very respon­si­ble and at first excit­ing thing for a young moth­er. Here the basic rule applies: do not touch the spout once again unnec­es­sar­i­ly.
How to clean the nose of babies

You will need

  • cot­ton wool for the man­u­fac­ture of fla­gel­la or cot­ton swabs with lim­iters,
  • ster­ile veg­etable or vase­line oil.


It is impor­tant to note that the less often the clean­ing pro­ce­dures, the bet­ter. The fact is that the body itself reg­u­lates the amount of mois­ture, includ­ing on the nasal mucosa. If the nose is dry, crusts have formed, it is dif­fi­cult for the baby to breathe and eat, you need to soft­en the nasal mucosa. To do this, use cot­ton swabs with lim­iters or cot­ton fla­gel­la moist­ened with ster­ile veg­etable oil (warmed up in a water bath for 20 min­utes) or vase­line oil. In this case, you need to act care­ful­ly so as not to dam­age the mucous spout.
Fla­gel­la are twist­ed from cot­ton wool in this way: cot­ton wool is wound around a match or tooth­pick, but not tight­ly, then the match (tooth­pick) is pulled out and the fla­gel­lum is twist­ed more tight­ly. You should imme­di­ate­ly pre­pare more fla­gel­la so that they are always at hand.
If you are afraid to use sticks or fla­gel­la, you can sim­ply drop Aqua­maris or anoth­er sim­i­lar rem­e­dy into your nose and just wait until the crusts soft­en and come out on their own.
Some­times the cause of dry nose is hot and dry air, so you should try to buy a humid­i­fi­er in the nurs­ery or just put a con­tain­er of water near the crib.
With the for­ma­tion of crusts in the nose, some pedi­a­tri­cians advise giv­ing more drink to the baby. Hot, but not too hot, milk or tea will also help soft­en the lay­er of crusts.
If, on the con­trary, it is wet in the nose, the baby has con­ges­tion or a run­ny nose, a spe­cial suc­tion pear with a soft tip or an aspi­ra­tor is used. These devices must be used with great care, as the pres­sure they cre­ate can dam­age the ves­sels. In addi­tion, it is not rec­om­mend­ed to abuse suc­tion prod­ucts, as they dry out the nasal mucosa.

Tip 2: How to clean your nose

The nose needs reg­u­lar clean­ing just as much as the ears, eyes or hands, and maybe even more, since about one hun­dred thou­sand liters of air pass through the nose every day. This means that many virus­es, dust par­ti­cles and aller­gens enter the nasal cav­i­ty. In order for the mucosa to suc­cess­ful­ly cope with its func­tion, peri­od­ic clean­ing is sim­ply nec­es­sary.

How to clean your nose

You can clean your nose prop­er­ly by rins­ing. This pro­ce­dure is car­ried out both in med­ical insti­tu­tions and at home. Rins­ing the nose helps not only clean, but also dis­in­fect the nasophar­ynx, as well as elim­i­nate var­i­ous dis­eases. This is a good pre­ven­tion of dis­eases such as rhini­tis and sinusi­tis. For pre­ven­tive pur­pos­es, wash­ing is car­ried out with dis­tilled water, but you can achieve a bet­ter effect with sea water or saline. You can also use herbal infu­sions and decoc­tions.

Most often, at home, the pro­ce­dure is car­ried out using a con­ven­tion­al syringe. The flush­ing solu­tion is placed alter­nate­ly in both nos­trils. The head should be low­ered face down, this is nec­es­sary so that the liq­uid imme­di­ate­ly leaves the body through the oral cav­i­ty, with­out lin­ger­ing in it.

Help­ful Hints:

  • At the begin­ning, the pres­sure of the jet should be small, grad­u­al­ly it should be increased. Thus, dis­com­fort and dam­age to the nasal mucosa can be avoid­ed.
  • Before wash­ing, make sure that there are no open wounds in the nasal cav­i­ty.
  • After cleans­ing with sea water, rinse the nasophar­ynx with plain water, as salt cor­rodes the mucous mem­brane.
  • After wash­ing, you should not blow your nose sharply for thir­ty min­utes, you can blow out the rem­nants of the solu­tion from each nos­tril in turn.
  • Chil­dren under 12 years of age should not rinse their nose with sea water, so as not to burn the mucous mem­brane. Cor­rect­ly clean­ing the nose of a child is nec­es­sary under the guid­ance of a qual­i­fied ENT doc­tor. Then the pro­ce­dure will be absolute­ly safe for a small patient.
If the need to clean a clogged nose occurs more than twice a week, then you need to see an ENT doc­tor. Per­haps this is just a fea­ture of a tiny organ­ism, and per­haps a dis­ease, for exam­ple, chron­ic rhini­tis.
Help­ful advice
When using any prepa­ra­tions and devices for clean­ing the nose of infants, you need to care­ful­ly read the instruc­tions, make sure that they cor­re­spond to the age of the baby.
At the age of up to a year, only drops are used in the nose, since the sprays enter both the nasophar­ynx and the ears.