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How To Use A Bulb Syringe

AMBULATORY CARE:

A bulb syringe

is used to gently suction mucus out from your baby's nose. It can also be used to remove saline nasal wash from his nose. A bulb syringe is best used when your baby is younger than 6 months old.

How to use a bulb syringe:

  • Squeeze the bulb syringe and gently place the tip into one of your baby's nostrils. Do not put the stem of the syringe in your baby's nose.
  • Slowly release the bulb so that it draws mucus or fluid out of your baby's nose.
    Proper Use of Bulb Syringe
  • Once the bulb has expanded, remove it from your baby's nose. Squeeze the contents onto a tissue.
  • Repeat if needed. Then follow the same steps for the other nostril.

How to clean a bulb syringe:

Prevent the growth of bacteria by rinsing your bulb syringe after each use and cleaning it daily.

  • Rinse the syringe:
    • Fill the bulb syringe with distilled or sterilized water. Sterilized water is tap water that has been boiled for 1 to 3 minutes and cooled.
    • Gently shake the syringe.
    • Empty the water from the syringe completely.
    • Place the bulb syringe with its tip down in a clean glass to drain fully. Do not allow the tip to sit in water.
  • Clean the syringe:
    • Fill the bulb syringe with rubbing alcohol (70% isopropyl alcohol).
    • Gently shake the syringe.
    • Empty the alcohol from the syringe completely.
    • Place the bulb syringe with its tip down in a clean glass to drain fully.

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