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Safe Ways on How to Get Boogers out of Newborn’s Nose

I can’t remember how many times I’ve done this before. Dealing with our baby’s nasal care is a sensitive circumstance. As a new mom, you may hesitate at first try; but later on, doing so comes naturally.

There are many reasons why babies are prone to a stuffy nose. It could be the baby’s narrow nasal opening or newborns only breathe through their nose for the first two months. Dealing with such nasal discomfort is sometimes tricky.

When infants start to be fussy because of the trouble of breathing, moms are ready for the rescue. How to get boogers out of newborn?

Let me guide you through a short tutorial.


Safe Ways to Get Boogers Out of Newborn 

Do you know that when you don’t take care of an infant’s stuffy nose immediately, it may lead to other medical complications? It’s clear that we need to make sure that our baby’s nose should be kept clean for natural breathing, stress-free breastfeeding, peaceful sleep, and ease.

Most importantly, a clean nasal opening can prevent probable infection. It’s quite perplexing to do the cleaning especially when babies are already in a bad mood.

It’s a relief to see that your newborn sneeze a lot when the nose is stuffy. It helps getting rid of the mucus that blocks the nasal passage. That natural method is helpful. However, some other options are available for you to try.

Let’s see which of these techniques you’ll find simple to apply on getting boogers out of newborn.

Safe Ways to Get Boogers Out of Newborn

Saline Nasal Drops

You can buy Saline droplets or spray over the counter. I guess every mom has this ready at home. In fact, you can even make the solution yourself. These drops soften the mucus inside the nasal cavity of your newborn which causes the urge to sneeze.

Why is sneezing well for your baby? It pushes the mucus out. Some of it remains at the nostrils. Since it’s already in the opening area, we can clean the nose quickly.

However, don’t apply more than three drops during the cleaning. It will cause dryness and will create more sensitivity to the nostrils. In this case, it will be hard to get boogers out of newborn since it’s painful.

Saline Nasal Drops

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Saline drops is the first choice for a stuffy nose.

How to use a saline drops with nasal spray? Follow these steps:

  1. If you have the spray type, hold your newborn upright and gently spray the solution into the nostrils or squeeze a few drops (if you have the drops kind.)
  2. Next, place the little one down with the head slightly lower than the body. It helps to get the solution flow down through her nose. Wait for a minute.
  3. I prefer to do this when I’m holding my baby on my lap so that it’s easy to lay her down and tilt the head back. However, if you think it’s comfortable and safe to lay the baby down, I recommend placing a soft cloth underneath.

  4. Then, gently turn your baby onto her belly and let the liquid drain.
  5. Using a soft cloth or tissue, clean your newborn’s nostrils. Gently take the mucus out. Remember, to not go more in-depth.
  6. Lastly, don’t forget to clean the dropper after each use.
How to use a nasal aspirator

Nasal Aspirator

Are you familiar with a nasal aspirator? Aspirators are a tool to suction out the mucus. It makes the cleaning a lot faster and useful than the manual wiping. The “Nosefrida the Snot sucker” is what I have at home.

It has a nozzle, a tube and a mouthpiece that are all connected. The tube is in the center. The mouth part is used to suction the mucus out. It’s a good thing that you put saline drops first before using the nasal aspirator.

The mucus became softer thus making the suction easy, fast and pain-free. Aspirators works finest for babies 6 months and below.

How to use a nasal aspirator

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Nasal aspirator works well when mucus is softened initially.

How to use a nasal aspirator? Follow these steps:

A more convenient way to take out clogged mucus inside your baby’s nasal passage is the use of aspirators. This tool can help you get the mucus a little further than cloth or tissues.  Again, I recommend using saline drops first before using aspirators.

  1. Use saline drops first.
  2. If you find your baby still fussy after the solution, she is still having difficulty in breathing. Place the nozzle into your baby’s nostril and the mouthpiece into your mouth. 
  3. Try to control the force you apply during the suction. Do the aspiration gently. The procedure will suck the mucus out from the nose and goes into the nozzle.
    Don’t worry; there is a filter placed in the tube preventing you to get contaminated with microbes.
  4. After each procedure, discard the used filter and wash the rest of the pieces.

Rubber Suction Bulb

Aspirators are sometimes called mini plunges. The simplest nasal plunge is the rubber suction bulb. This type is often given for free and is a part of a maternity gift pack. I got an Innovo Twister Bulb Nasal Aspirator during my time.

How to use a rubber suction bulb

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A clear bulb lets you see the amount of mucus removed.

How to use a rubber suction bulb?

The bulb type is less complicated to use compared to the nasal aspirator that has a mouthpiece.

  1. Place the end of the bulb to your little one’s nostril, just enough to seal. Do not insert it deep.
  2. Gently squeeze and gradually release the bulb. Do this several times in each nostril. Clean the mucus from the tip with a fresh tissue.
  3. Remember not to apply a significant amount of force. Forceful sucking may harm your baby. It is recommended to use Saline nasal drops first to soften the mucus before you start the procedure. 

Practice good hygiene each time you do this and make sure to wash the bulb thoroughly with soap after each use.

I like this video showing us how to use the rubber suction bulb. It even gave us a tip of giving the baby a sauna time to help clear up the nasal passage. Try to watch this.

Some Useful Tips:

  • If sauna can work well to unclog stuffy nose, a cool mist humidifier can do the trick too. Place the humidifier in the nursery let it work.

  • Let your baby take in more fluids. Breastfeeding often and giving more water can aid in diminishing the mucus. It wouldn’t be hard to sneeze it then.

  • Don’t do these procedures frequently daily. It will irritate the nostrils.

  • Make sure that you bought the right type of respirators. Some are not applicable to babies.

Final Thoughts

The steps are simple and are easy to imagine. Nevertheless, the difficulty is to keep the baby calm during the process. Use the proper positions in doing so and avoid much pressure to the little one. The gentle you are, the less hard it would be.

Share some of your techniques that may be helpful for all. Every mom needs a helping hand.

Sarah Palmer

Hi! I'm Sarah. My husband and I have a beautiful little girl; plus we’re anxiously awaiting the arrival of Baby #2, so this is a very exciting time for us. Throughout this amazing journey called Parenthood, I’ve learned so much and love sharing my experiences with other parents at SarahsLovelyFamily.com. I'd love to share my discoveries with you too!

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