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Saline Rinse isn’t Just for Sick Days

Written by Cathy Hale on August 20th, 2018

Babies and stuffy noses are not a fun duo. How can one cute, little button nose get so darn clogged? The main issue with a stuffy nose is it makes baby uncomfortable and throws off her normal day-to-day activities like eating and napping, and can prevent her from getting her normal nighttime Zzzs.

One of the best things you can do to ease your baby’s stuffy nose is to keep her nasal passages moisturized. Saline spray to the rescue! It can remedy an unhappy nose quickly. In fact, saline rinse has been used around the world for centuries as an effective way to ease dry or stuffy noses. It’s a natural way to soothe.

Dry, irritated, crusty noses can be a result of many things like low humidity in the air, allergens, or dust. Saline not only moisturizes nasal passages, but it gently loosens icky mucus, so it can be expelled.

Just like your body works better when it’s properly hydrated with water, your nasal passages work better when they’re moisturized and free of irritants.

Don’t wait for a cold

Because saline rinse is safe and effective, you don’t have to wait for baby to get a full-blown cold to use it. As soon as your baby starts exhibiting symptoms of a stuffy nose or what you might consider a “head cold,” you can start using saline immediately to help clear nasal passages and help baby breathe easier.

Products like Little Remedies® Sterile Saline Nasal Mist and Little Remedies® Saline Spray/Drops (also comes in a kit, Little Remedies® Stuffy Nose Kit) don’t contain parabens or causes side effects. Both offer safe and effective ways to help ease your baby’s nasal stuffy nose.

How saline spray/drops work

Saline does a few key things to ease stuffy noses and congestion. First, it keeps nasal passages moisturized and comfortable. Second, it can help rinse away irritants and germs before they cause too much inflammation.

Thirdly, saline spray or drops can loosen thick mucus, so it can be more easily removed with an aspirator. All of these benefits can give your baby relief from symptoms and help prevent a little cold from becoming a sinus infection.

Helpful tip for using Little Remedies® Saline Spray/Drops

  • For newborns/infants, use saline drops to move the mucus to the front of the nose, making it easier to remove with an aspirator.
  • Daily use of saline drops can help keep nasal passages clean and moisturized.
  • Avoid putting cotton swabs, twisted tissues or your fingernail inside your baby's nose.
  • After wiping your baby's nose, apply a moisturizing gel outside your baby’s nostrils to protect against soreness.

Helpful tips for using Little Remedies® Sterile Saline Nasal Mist

To flush and irrigate nasal passages:

  • Tilt infant’s or child’s head to the side over sink.
  • Insert nozzle into one nostril.
  • Depress the white actuator until the saline mist begins to fill nasal passages.
  • Continue to depress the actuator until you see excess fluid flow out nostril.
  • Repeat process with second nostril.

To moisturize dry nasal passages:

  • Insert nozzle into each nostril.
  • Depress the white actuator using 1 to 3 short, gentle bursts of moisturizing saline mist.
  • Wipe nozzle clean after each use.

Which saline product do you prefer for your baby? Are you Team Mist or Team Drops? Let us know in the comments section on the Little Remedies® Facebook page.