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Saline nose drops

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This handout was written to answer some of the questions most often asked about the use of normal saline nose drops. Feel free to ask your doctor or nurse to go over any instructions you do not understand. Normal saline nose drops are a liquid that is like the fluids your body normally produces. It can be used to moisten the nose or break-up thick drainage in the nose. After using the normal saline nose drops, a bulb syringe may be used to get the drainage out of the child’s nose. Only use the bulb syringe if your baby has a cold. This will also make it easier for your baby to breathe. Sometimes, a bulb syringe is also called a nasal aspirator or ear syringe.

1. Your doctor has recommended the use of normal saline nose drops for your child. After opening, the normal saline may be kept for seven days and must be refrigerated.
2. Lay your child down flat on his or her back and tilt his or her head slightly back.
3. Put two to three drops of normal saline in each nostril. Have your child sit up and blow his nose. If your child cannot blow his nose, use a bulb syringe.
4. If the nose dropper touches with your child’s nose, rinse in hot water and dry with a towel.
5. Do not use the same dropper or bottle of normal saline for other children.
6. The best time to use nose drops is before feedings.
7. You may use nose drops as often as necessary for three to four days.

1. Get out the bulb syringe and some tissues.
2. Squeeze the bulb portion of the syringe and hold in place.
3. Gently place the aspirator end (thin end of bulb syringe) just inside the nostril. Remember to aim the aspirator away from the middle of the nose.
4. Release the bulb pressure slowly. Gently remove the bulb syringe from the nose.
5. Squeeze the fluid from the bulb into a tissue.
6. Repeat until the nostril is cleared of fluid.
7. Clean the bulb syringe after each use by washing it in soapy water; your antibacterial hand or dishwashing liquid will be all right. Be sure to wash and rinse the bulb inside and outside.

PDF: Child Health Information - SALINE NOSE DROPS

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La informacion contenida en este material es unicamente informacion de tipo general. No debe considerarse como completa. Para obtener mas informacion acerca de los complementos para leche materna, por favor pidala a su doctor.
Corregido: 1994, 1998, 2000, 2003

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: 1994, 1998, 2000, 2003


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