Cleaning up a booger from your baby’s nose is a routine that every parent should know.
Although it is not a very fun and exciting experience, your baby’s health and comfort should be the first priority. It’s time you had to accept that removing a booger is a part of parenthood. Seasoned moms can clean up their child’s nose with little hassle.
They probably know what tool to use and how to approach this problem safely. But that might not be the case for new parents who are not in the loop for the latest baby-booger cleaning technology. In this article, we list proven and tested ways to get nasty things out of your baby’s nose.
What Are Boogers?
The human nose automatically secrets mucus which traps dust, germs, and other particles that don’t have to be in the inner nostrils. Boogers are formed when this mucus with particles accumulated on them had dried up. Adults often pick their noses or use Q-tips to remove these materials because they can be irritating.
Cleaning up deep boogers and mucus from a baby is a little bit more challenging. First of all, it’s some sort of miracle to remove a booger without your young ones being restless or uncomfortable. Second, a single mistake in handling might injure the baby or get things contaminated.
And lastly, it can get worst during the winter when the air is dry and the surroundings are cold. The dryness might even cause the nose linings to bleed when handled improperly.
4 Safe Ways To Remove Baby’s Booger
Treating your baby’s stuffy nose can be a demotivating entry to parenthood. With the help of proper tools and a wealth of experience, cleaning your baby’s stuffy nose would be easier over time. Here are some of the tools and home remedies to remove a baby’s booger or clogged mucus with a less stressful experience.
1. Bulb Syringe / Aspirator
A proven and tested snot or booger removal tool is the bulb syringe, a silicone tool that uses gentle pressure to “suck” out unwanted materials in the nose. Lay your baby on a comfortable and flat surface. Squeeze the bulb until the air residue is gone. Then put the tip of the “syringe” in your baby’s nostrils and slowly release the bulb.
Once released, the bulb syringe will suck the snot or the booger away from the nose and onto the bulb compartment. Don’t release or squeeze the bulb immediately, as it can cause rupturing inside the nostril if the pressure is too much. You can also use the nasal aspirator, which uses the same design principles and mechanisms. But instead of using a silicone bulb, the mom will have to suck on a tube that is connected to the baby’s nose to remove the booger.
Don’t worry, nasal aspirators have filters that prevent unwanted materials to enter places that they shouldn’t be.
2. Saline Spray
Also known as Nasal Spray or Saline Drops, this water and salt solution helps in breaking up thick mucus or really nasty boogers. Saline spray is not designed for solo usage, but to make things easier for either the bulb syringe or nasal aspirator to get the boogers that are stuck in the baby’s nostrils. Once the spray or the drops are applied, it will loosen up the hardened mucus so it will be easier to remove.
Just don’t put a lot when applying it on a baby’s nose, 3 drops are often enough. Leave the saline solution for a minute or two before using the bulb syringe or aspirator.
If you’re not confident in putting saline drops inside your child’s nose, your next best option is to use steam treatment or a humidifier. Similar to how saline drops function, a steam treatment will try to loosen up the material via moisture. And the best thing about this method is that it is achievable even without using a nasal spray.
Only use the last two options if the boogers are stuck too deep and can’t be removed by using the bulb syringe or the aspirator alone. Dropping liquid inside your baby’s nose might cause irritation, which will likely snowball into a big tantrum (and we don’t really want that to happen.)
4. Boogie Wipes
Boogie wipes are recommended for those usual mucus mishaps that happen every now and then. These unsightly but unavoidable experiences have an instant fix: baby wipes with saline solution. Boogie wipes are for dried mucus that is not too deep but is too tough to remove using the bulb syringe. And since these products are soaked in a saline solution, it makes cleaning easier than with ordinary tissue or baby wipes.
Signs Of Severe Congestion in the Nose
A clogged nose can stop the breathing function when left unchecked for a long time. A tell-tale sign of a baby having a clogged nose is an irregular breathing pattern. For instance, if the baby snorts or breathes through his or her mouth, you should take a thorough peek right away.
Nose congestions are considered severe if the baby is having a hard time breathing, sleeping, and eating. Another symptom is constant restlessness and discomfort without any external stimulus. There is an apparent infection if he or she develops fever and rash as well. If the runny nose doesn’t go away after two weeks, it’s time to contact a doctor.
Cleaning Methods To Avoid
The good old q-tips might be the most intuitive option to get the booger outside. Unfortunately, this is not the case for cleaning noses for babies. Inserting q-tips (or any foreign, unsanitized materials) can irritate the nostril lining. Not to mention that these tips can also cause injuries that might hurt your baby.
Saline solutions are very convenient and effective in cleaning up boogers and mucus, but only in small amounts. Shooting water into your child’s nostrils might remove the booger successfully.
However, do note that it can bring other illnesses including pneumonia and other respiratory ailments.