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Bulb Syringe

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This handout was written to answer some questions most often asked about using a bulb syringe. Please feel free to ask your doctor or nurse to go over any information you do not understand.


A bulb syringe is used to get fluid out of the nose when your baby has a cold. Removing the fluid/mucus will make it easier for your baby to breathe. Sometimes, bulb syringes are also called nasal aspirators or ear syringes.


  1. Get out the bulb syringe and some tissue.
  2. Squeeze the big end of the syringe.
  3. Keeping the big end of the syringe squeezed, gently place the small end of the syringe just inside the nostril. Remember to aim away from the middle of the nose.
  4. Slowly release the pressure from the squeezed syringe. This will draw the fluid out from your baby’s nose. Take the syringe out of the nose.
  5. Remove the fluid from the syringe into a tissue by squeezing the big end of the syringe.
  6. Repeat steps 2-5 as needed.


The inside and outside of the bulb syringe should be cleaned with warm soapy water. Rinse the bulb syringe with clear water. Let it air dry.

PDF: Child Health Information - BULB SYRINGE

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Corregido: 1992, 1994, 1995, 1996, 1999

The information contained in this handout is for general information only and should not be considered complete. For specific information about bathing your baby, please ask your doctor or nurse practitioner.

Additional information may be located in the Family Resource Center, 2nd floor, near the Outpatient Surgery Center. Hours of the center vary; please contact the Family Resource Center at 937-641-3700.

Copyright(c) The Children's Medical Center of Dayton. This material is for educational purposes only. It cannot be reproduced or distributed without permission from Dayton Children's.
Revised: 1992, 1994, 1995, 1996, 1999


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