Getting into the thick of it, babies with a clogged nose are not a fun problem to have. And who can blame them? Clogged nostrils are the worst. Let me 100 percent transparent from the beginning of this. I have never used a neti pot or nosefrida or other new nose tools. When my kids were babies, I used an old-school bulb syringe and maybe some saline nose spray. But things, they are always a changing, and new products come out seemingly by the minute. Plus, people seem to like nasal irrigation, and it appears to help the babies, and I am all for healthy babies and sane momma. So, if you are wondering if you are a neti pot mom, here’s what you need to know.
The Neti Pot
From what I’ve seen you fill a little teapot looking thing with a saline solution and then pour into your nostril as a stream of snot runs out of the other nostril. Known as nasal irrigation, you are flushing the mucus out with liquid, and lots of adults do it all the time. Except for me because the thought of mucus running down my face grosses me out. So, let’s go into it further!
In case you’re not familiar with the neti pot process or what the actual step-by-step process, here’s how it works: In the neti pot, you combine lukewarm distilled or sterilized water and the provided saline packet. From there, you’ll lean forward, tilt your head sideways, open your mouth, and pour the solution into one nostril. The water streams out the other side, taking nasal gunk with it. (But you should be sure to follow the specific instructions that come with the neti pot and saline solution that you purchase.)
Neti Pot Tips
Be sure to use the distilled or sterilized water not tap water. Using tap water puts you at risk of giving yourself or your child a brain-eating amoeba. Doctors say although the chance is small it is real.
You need to use an actual nasal saline solution as directed, not your own salt water mixture. You may put too much salt into it a homemade mixture, and it could burn your child’s nose.
Also, doctors say you do not need to worry about your kiddo choking on snot during the process. The green slime may wash into their throat, but they can easily swallow it. And then their stomach will just break it down.
Grossed out yet because I am. But that’s just me. I am also trying to figure out how I would have put my kids in a bear hug to do this process when they were little. Trying to get the boogs out with a nose sucker was hard enough. However, if you want to brave the nose cleansing wilderness more power to ya momma, I wish you well because a cranky baby with a clogged nose is no fun!
For more ways, you can keep your family out of the pediatrician office, check out these healthy home tips.