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20month old has cough & congestion. Using saline & suction but he screams w the suction. Could it be hurting him or just annoying to him?
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Dr. Gregory Mosolf
Pediatrics
3 doctors agree
In brief: Bulb suction
Bulb suction is annoying to toddlers.
The saline itself does not hurt. Try nosefrida device or cleannoz. These devices are new and are less traumatizing to the child. Use a vaporizer. You can also use vicks. Honey based cough meds such as zarbees or hylands are ok in a 20 month old child.

In brief: Bulb suction
Bulb suction is annoying to toddlers.
The saline itself does not hurt. Try nosefrida device or cleannoz. These devices are new and are less traumatizing to the child. Use a vaporizer. You can also use vicks. Honey based cough meds such as zarbees or hylands are ok in a 20 month old child.
Dr. Gregory Mosolf
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Dr. Zuheir Said
Pediatrics
3 doctors agree
In brief: Annoying.
Home/pharmacy prepared nasal saline solution of less than 1% ( 0.
65% ) concntration and the use of appropriate blue color suction bulb although is irritant to the nasal mucosa, rarely is harmfulif used approprietly. Advice to parents; even you may notice child is gaging, choching- like, need not to warry, child will swallow the solution and this will clear his upper airways, i like it.

In brief: Annoying.
Home/pharmacy prepared nasal saline solution of less than 1% ( 0.
65% ) concntration and the use of appropriate blue color suction bulb although is irritant to the nasal mucosa, rarely is harmfulif used approprietly. Advice to parents; even you may notice child is gaging, choching- like, need not to warry, child will swallow the solution and this will clear his upper airways, i like it.
Dr. Zuheir Said
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Dr. John Bucek
Family Medicine
In brief: Could Hurt
Concentrated saline solution does burn the nasal passages.
If you make the salt solution yourself, some suggest putting a pinch of baking soda in with the sodium cloride to buffer the acid that is formed by adding salt to water. If you are buying then look for a product that is buffered to reduce the sting.

In brief: Could Hurt
Concentrated saline solution does burn the nasal passages.
If you make the salt solution yourself, some suggest putting a pinch of baking soda in with the sodium cloride to buffer the acid that is formed by adding salt to water. If you are buying then look for a product that is buffered to reduce the sting.
Dr. John Bucek
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