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Using a Bulb Syringe

You should have received a rubber bulb syringe from the hospital. This tool is used to remove mucus and congestion from the baby's nose. It generally works pretty well. Here is how to use it to remove mucus from a stuffy little nose:

  • Lay your baby on a flat, safe surface with their chin tilted slightly upward.
  • Squeeze the bulb to remove any air and to create a vacuum.
  • Gently place the tip of the syringe in the baby's nostril.
  • Slowly release the bulb to remove the mucus.
  • Remove the bulb and discard the material suctioned out.
  • Repeat as necessary to keep your baby breathing easily.
  • To clean the bulb syringe, wash it in hot soapy water and air dry.

Last Updated: 12/27/2013