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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