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Sometimes your little one's stuffy nose just needs more than a box of tissues. I mean, she hasn't really learned how to blow all that out... To help other mothers help their little ones keep their noses fresh, one mom posted her solution to a clogged nose on Facebook.
Here's what she did.
You will also need saline solution which can be purchased or homemade with the following ingredients:
3 teaspoons canning salt (no iodine)
1 tsp baking soda
1 cup warm distilled, boiled or filtered water
Once you have your materials, gently squeeze the solution into one of your child's nostrils. If the solution goes down her throat or into her ears, have her tilt her head or open her mouth.
After using the solution, wipe your baby's nose with a clean tissue.
Many of the comments on "Amazing's" Facebook post warned that using a saline solution was unsafe. However, commenter Charlotte Magee shut down all the nay-sayers. She said,
"Do any of you commenting on this and giving advice actually have a medical background to support your advice? Theories are of no help to anyone. As an RT with multiple degrees in medicine let me assure you that working in a PICU with very sick RSV babies we did in fact use saline flushes to help with the patients that were aggregate nose breathers and were congested. This did not cause pneumonia and it certainly didn't harm them. We also had the advantage of having specialized suction catheters that had a mushroom cap on the end that allowed us to suction them as well."
And her comment checks out. According to the National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health, saline solutions are a safe way to relieve your little one's congestion. Still, it's important not to forget to thoroughly clean any materials in the process as well as use sanitary water. So it's safe, so long as you stay safe.