Bringing a newborn into this world is an incredible feat, but caring for them can be daunting. One thing that new parents may struggle with is clearing mucus from their newborn's nose -- it's not exactly something you learn in school! Fear not, dear reader, as we have compiled some tips and tricks to get those boogies out of there.
Understanding the Importance of Clearing Mucus
First things first -- why even bother trying to clear mucus out of your baby's nose? Well, when babies are congested, they may have trouble breathing or feeding. This can lead to fussiness and overall discomfort. Plus, if left unchecked, congestion could progress into more serious conditions like pneumonia or bronchitis (scary stuff!)
The Snots You Need To Know About
Not all snot is created equal -- understanding what type your baby has will inform how you proceed with getting rid of it.
Green/musty snot often indicates a bacterial infection (yipes!). If your baby has green/musty snot along with other symptoms such as fever or coughing (poor kiddo) then take them to a doctor ASAP.
Clear/white snot is generally less concerning than green/musty mucus. It usually means that there isn't an underlying infection (phew!). However, too much clear/white mucus can still cause discomfort for your little one so clearing it out can still help make them feel better.
Getting Those Boogers Out
In theory, 'getting those boogies' should be pretty straightforward, right? However anyone who has wrangled/tackled/chased around their squirmy little angel while simultaneouslyattemptingto stick devices up their nostrils knows that this process requires some patience and skill. Here are three methods for clearing that mucus:
Suction devices like Nose Frida or Bubzi Co Baby Nasal Aspirator can be effective at removing mucus -- but they may not be your baby's favorite thing in the world. To use, place the device next to your baby’s nostril then gently suck through the tube (don't worry, a special filter prevents any gross stuff from making its way into your mouth). Repeat on both sides.
Saline sprays like Fridababy NoseFrida Saline Spray work by moisturizing dry nasal passages so that boogies can be more easily removed with a suction device. Basically it's like watering a plant before you try to yank weeds out of it! Simply squeeze some saline spray into each nostril then wait about 30 seconds before attempting to suction out those pesky boogers.
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As they say, "an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure." Don't actually try comparing ounces and pounds -- this article isn't about math! Regardless, there are ways you can help prevent congestion/mucus buildup from happening:
- Keeping humidity levels up
- Washing hands frequently
- Not exposing the newborns to sick people
Equip yourselves with enough tissues.Who knows when sudden sneezes will come?
FAQs (aka things we made up):
Q: How do I know if I got everything out? A: Unfortunately there really isn't an objective way to tell so just keep checking periodically throughout the day.
Q: Can I use my own mouth to suck out mucus? A: NO. Just no. Seriously, don't even consider it.
Q: Why does baby snot have to smell so terrible? A: We can't answer that question but we've wondered the same thing ourselves.
Clearing mucus from your newborn's nose may not be the most glamorous parenting task, but it is important for their health and comfort. Remember to look out for any abnormal symptoms (it doesn’t hurt to double-check with a medical professional!) and try out different techniques until you find what works best for both you and your little one!