Nasal Rinses

Why should they be performed?

Children breathe through the nose for the first 4-6 months of life. It is important to perform nasal rinses when there is nasal congestion, so that secretions are discharged and the child can breathe better.

When should they be performed?

10-15 minutes before eating and not after, to avoid vomiting. 6 to 8 times a day depending on the child’s condition.

Targets

  • Cleansing each nostril so that the child can breathe better.
  • Improving food ingestion and making the child comfortable.
  • Attention!

    Attention!
    • When using a syringe for spraying, remove the needle
    • Disposable saline ampules are preferable to using the same syringe from the bottle, because the nasal mucosa is extremely prone to infections from the use of non-sterile liquids
    • After nasal rinsing, the equipment should be cleaned thoroughly with water and soap to prevent the growth of bacteria

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