Summarized from: "Nasal Congestion, Saline and Suction – Clinical Updates from Dr. Schmitt"
With allergy season in full swing, parents and patients are often concerned about how to best take for nasal mucus (snot). Dr. Schmitt’s April clinical update gives some great advice and help. Here are the main ones:
- Nasal secretions are normal.
- Nasal washes and suctions are the best ways to remove discharge
- Saline drops or spray are a great help if you need to loosen up dried mucus
- Rule 1: Never suction without first loosening up the mucus with saline or water. Reason: Suction or nose blowing alone can't remove dried or sticky mucus.
- Rule 2: If the saline opens up the nose, suctioning is not needed. Goal: Avoid unnecessary suctioning.
- Another option: Use a warm shower to loosen mucus.
Caution: Never use the suction bulb to instill the saline. Reason: Suction bulbs are usually dirty with germs (in parent talk!).
See link to attached PDF above for the full article.