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Clear stuffed up nostrils with normal saline drops

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(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.


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