How to Give Saline Nose Drops to Infants

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Giving saline nose drops to infants is something you have to do with a certain degree of caution. Find out how to give saline nose drops to infants with help from a family case worker in this free video clip.

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Hi, my name is Christina Gavenda at And today, we're going to talk about how to give saline drops to infants. Saline drops are really handy to have. I use them quite a bit more than even nasal aspirators when a baby's congested. It loosens up all that stuff in their nose very gently. What you want to do when you give your baby saline drops is you just make sure that they're reclined but not too reclined, comfortable, not to hungry because it's, it's still unpleasant, so you want to make sure they're as comfortable as possible. Put the saline drops squeezer right up on their nostril and give it a good squeeze. You don't want to squeeze too hard that, like you would for yourself or even for an older child. But, you want to squeeze with enough pressure to help loosen things up. And then, you also want to go over to the next nostril; go ahead and squeeze again. By this time, they're probably going to be wiggly and fighting you a little bit because it's not fun. So, you just want to make sure that you have them securely and comfortably in your arms as much as possible and then, go ahead and give them the saline drops. After you've given them the saline drops, you want to make sure that you have a little towel or a receiving blanket, lean them forward and let the saline solution drain out. If you're being gentle, like you should be, there won't be a ton to drain out; but, there should be enough to help loosen up everything that's congested in their nose. Thanks so much for watching. My name is Christina Gavenda and that's how you give a baby saline drops.


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