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A 30-year-old female asked:

My infant has chest congestion i was told by a doctor to use a bulb syringe and saline, but nothing comes our her nose, am i doing something wrong?

4 doctor answers5 doctors weighed in
Dr. Jay Park
Dr. Jay Parkanswered
Pediatrics 51 years experience
Just watch: Nasal bulb suction is not really of help for chest congestion. Watch for heavy breathing, fever, and feeding difficulties which require medical attention.
Dr. Ratna Dhingra
Pediatrics 45 years experience
Bulb not for chest: Use a cool mist humidifier.keep head end elevated.no smoking around him at all.
Dr. James Ferguson
Pediatrics 47 years experience
?age?: The first months are troubled by narrow nasal passages & exposure to dust, fragrences, smoke & other irritants.Baby tries to flush these out of the nose with mucous but this often ends as congestion & produces rattling with breathing. The best rx is washing out the nose with copious amounts of saline & suctioning the remainder. Eliminate irritants from babies environment & this will happen less.
Dr. David Namerow
Pediatrics 50 years experience
Nothing wrong!: You are doing nothing wrong. Bulb syringe will help with nasal congestion and mucous. Chest congestion may be helped by humifier. If labored breathing or persistent fever, get your infant seen by an experienced Pediatrician!

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