Mercury is falling slowly and cold days are ahead. Nasal congestion, runny nose and cough are common during this season. A blocked nose causes a lot of irritation in adults as well as difficulty breathing in infants. Babies feel uncomfortable and go crazy during this period. It is very important to clear the nasal obstruction and make it easier for babies to breathe. To help you with this, saline drops are the best. In this article, we will see how to make saline drops for babies.
Saline is a natural way to get rid of nasal congestion in infants. Saline drops can even be made at home. Let’s look at what saline drops are and the process of making saline drops at home.
What are saline drops?
Saline drops are a great way to remove nasal congestion and facilitate breathing, clearing the nasal passage and congestion of the sinuses. Also called nasal sprays or sinus rinses.
The saline drops moisturize the nasal passages and easily remove congestion using an aspirator.
Applying a few drops of saline can easily clear the nasal passages and soothe your baby. Not only in infants and babies, but saline nasal drops also work well in children and adults.
Let’s see how to use saline drops in infants and babies.
How to give saline nasal drops to babies?
During nasal congestion (nasal congestion), the nasal tissues swell with fluid. It can also cause sinus congestion and runny nose. The use of saline drops can help you overcome nasal obstruction caused by allergies or colds.
When giving nasal drops to infants, follow these steps.
- First, wash your hands properly with soap and water
- Take the recommended dose of saline drops using a dropper. (Consult your pediatrician for dosage)
- Hold your baby in one hand with his head slightly tilted back and a dropper in the other
- Clean the mucosa using a vacuum cleaner if there is a lot of mucus
- Apply saline drops using a dropper. You can see that the dropper is not inserted into the baby’s nose, as it may harm the baby. The dropper should be squeezed from the outside without touching the nose.
- Continue to hold it in place until the saline drops travel through the nasal passages. It may take a few seconds.
- If your baby coughs (it sometimes happens if the saline reaches the throat), keep him upright.
After following these steps, make sure you maintain proper hygiene. Wipe the dropper with a tissue and discard the tissue. Then wash the lamp and dropper using soapy water by sucking water and pressing it several times. Repeat the same with clean water.
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Points to Remember When Using Saline Drops
- Saline drops can be used up to 2-3 times a day depending on the condition. Using salt drops more than this can cause pain.
- Saline drops can best be used before feeding or before bedtime so that the baby or infant feels better when they are feeding or sleeping.
- If the baby is over 6 months old, you can offer hot drinks as a soup to keep the baby hydrated and relieve congestion.
- Remember to be gentle when using saline drops.
- If the congestion persists and grows and the saline drops do not help, let the doctor examine the baby.
What are the benefits?
The benefits of saline drops are given below-
- The use of saline drops or saline sprays is a naturally effective technique for eliminating congestion.
- They have no side effects (in terms of hygiene and precautions) as they do not contain chemicals.
- The saline drops immediately relieve congestion.
- Infants, children, and adults can use saline drops
- They are easily available in over-the-counter medical stores or can be easily made at home.
Knowing these benefits, every mother would want saline drops convenient for babies. Do not worry! Here’s a way of making salty drops at home.
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How to make saline drops at home?
The production of saline drops is simple. Read below to learn how to make saline drops for your babies, children or babies.
- 1 cup tap water or distilled water
- 1/2 teaspoon non-iodized salt
- 1/4ου teaspoon baking soda (optional)
- Pour the water into the pot. Let the water boil for 10 minutes to make it free of germs / contamination.
- Add salt and baking soda and mix. Make sure the salt and soda are completely dissolved in the water.
- Allow the solution to cool completely.
- Transfer the solution to a sterile glass bottle.
- Use a sterile dropper to administer the solution
Use the saline drops from the prepared solution and transfer the remaining solution to a clean jar. Store it for no more than 24 hours. It is recommended that the solution be discarded after 24 hours. It is always recommended to make fresh saline drops every day before using them. Also, make sure that it is close to body temperature during use.
Nasal drops are a quick and effective way to relieve your baby of problems. It is recommended that you contact your healthcare provider before giving saline drops to your baby.
Use it when your baby is in a happy and playful mood! Share your views and experiences about using saline drops with your babies and children.