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Doctor insights on: Nasal Flaring In Infants

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How can I clear the nasal passages of an infant?

How can I clear the nasal passages of an infant?

Saline and suction.: You can use saline nasal drops, which can be purchased over-the-counter and a bulb syringe/nasal aspirator, which you may have received in the hospital after the infant's birth. Otherwise you can purchase one in the pharmacy. Put the drops in the nostrils and attempt to aspirate the loosened mucous with the aspirator. Even if you can't aspirate any mucous, the saline will loosen it. ...Read more

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Dr. Jack Mutnick
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My 2 day old infant is having cold, due to which her nose is choked. We're using a saline nasal drop as needed. Kindly provide your input on this. ?

My 2 day old infant is having cold, due to which her nose is choked. We're using a saline nasal drop as needed. Kindly provide your input on this. ?

Nasal congestion: At 2do the primary cause of congestion are irritants. House dust, fragrance, perfumes, detergent or cleaning products all leave scents that don't bother adults but irritate a babies nose. A good nasal clean out with saline can remove much of this irritant load, but removing the offending irritants from babies life helps more in the long run. ...Read more

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My sister's infant having breath problems after feeding. Not frequently but i think it has to do with burping and nasal cleansing?

My sister's infant having breath problems after feeding. Not frequently but i think it has to do with burping and nasal cleansing?

Feeding: Nasal congestion is a possibility but another important cause is esophageal reflux. Infants with reflux may choke with feeds. ...Read more

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My infant has occasional nasal flarinf but not other signs of respiratory distress is this normal?

My infant has occasional nasal flarinf but not other signs of respiratory distress is this normal?

Not usually: Nasal flaring is usually associated with other respiratory symptoms such as wheezing, bronchitis, airway obstruction, pneumonia etc. However nasal congestion can cause nasal flaring. Usually saline drops and suction of mucus helps. If infant continues nasal flaring i would consult your pediatrician, . ...Read more

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Is it safe for an infant to be close to a child who had have nasal flu vaccine?

Is it safe for an infant to be close to a child who had have nasal flu vaccine?

Yes: It is safe for a child to be administered FluMist when they have close contact with an infant <6 months of age. ...Read more

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How do we clean off infant nose boogle without hurting them?

How do we clean off infant nose boogle without hurting them?

See answer: If the mucus and/or "nose boogie" is visible and near the nare (opening)-simply use a soft tissue and wipe the infants nose. For increased congestion and nasal mucus you can use a bulb syringe. Check with your pharmacy and discuss the proper use of it with them or your dr. Best wishes. ...Read more

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When an infants nose is blocked with a bit of mucus how can I remove it to help her breath easy???

When an infants nose is blocked with a bit of mucus how can I remove it to help her breath easy???

Bulb syringe: You may have been given a bulb syringe when your baby was born. In addition you can use salt water nose drops ...Read more

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How can a stuffy nose be treated in an infant?

Nasal saline: Liberal use of nasal saline wash or spray can help an infant thin out their nasal secretions & increase the effective size of their airway. Suction may or may not retrieve the excess & it's ok if it drains into the stomach. It can be used as often as needed.Also make an attempt to remove any aggravating odors or fumes from babies space. Smoke or perfumes can be hard on baby. ...Read more