(HealthDayNews) -- If your baby's nose is all stuffed up and your doctor has recommended you use common saline drops, the Children's Medical Center in Dayton, Ohio, suggests these application tips:
- Put your child down flat on his back and tilt his head slightly back.
- Put two to three drops of the saline in each nostril. Have your child sit up and blow his nose. If he can't blow his nose, use a bulb syringe.
- If the nose dropper touches your child's nose, rinse it in hot water and dry it with a towel.
- Do not use the same dropper or bottle of normal saline for your other children.
- The best time to use nose drops is before feedings.
- You may use the drops as often as necessary for three to four days.
- Refrigerate the drops once you've opened them. They're good for seven days.