Has Flu Season Hit Your House? Here's How to Make Your Sick Kid Feel Better Without Medicine

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Cynthia Ramnarace on Nov 21, 2011 at 9:50AM

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Master the Bulb Syringe

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a Cynthia Ramnarace on Jan 6, 2011 at 11:29AM

Small children can’t blow their noses, so you might need to go in there yourself. A bulb syringe (also called a nasal aspirator and can be used from birth until they learn to blow their noses) works best when paired with saline spray, says Dr. Jana. Place a few drops in the nose, wait a minute and then insert the syringe, aiming it at the sides of the nose. “The inside and middle parts of the nose are much more sensitive,” says Dr. Jana. Be sure to go for the mucus you can see, and don’t push the syringe in too far to go digging around. Sometimes what sounds like a lot of snot is really just narrowed airways.

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