Nasal suction bulbs or aspirators can help you clear up your infant's stuffy nose caused by a cold or other infection. The bulb draws out mucus from the nose so your infant can breathe easier.

  1. Lay your infant on his or her back.
  2. Before using the nasal suction bulb, you may want to use a saline solution, which thins the mucus in your infant's nose and makes aspiration easier. Saline solutions are commercially available in sprays or nose drops for infants and children. Follow the instructions for use on the product's packaging. If you use saline, it is better to perform the suction before feeding because the combination of suction and saline can cause vomiting.
  3. Squeeze the bulb part of the aspirator while carefully inserting the tip into one of your infant's nostrils (do not insert the tip too deeply). Slowly let go of the bulb – you should see mucus being drawn into the aspirator.
  4. Remove the tip from your infant's nostril and dispose of the mucus by squeezing the bulb over a piece of tissue.
  5. Repeat steps 1 to 4 for the other nostril.
  6. You may need to repeat the above steps several times before most of the mucus is removed.
  7. When you are done, wash the suction bulb in warm water with a small amount of detergent. Squeeze the bulb several times to clean out the inside. Rinse it thoroughly and allow the suction bulb to air dry.