Nasal saline irrigations help to prevent build up of mucus in the nose, sinus passages, and throat....
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Nasal saline irrigations help to prevent build up of mucus in the nose, sinus passages, and throat. This may help prevent asthma attacks and sinus infections. The method used for these irrigations depends on your child's age and comfort level. If your child is an infant, put 10 to 20 drops (0.5 to 1 ml) of normal saline into one nostril. Then suction out the mucus and saline with a bulb syringe. Repeat the procedure in the other nostril, and then repeat in both nostrils if necessary. For a young child who can blow her own nose but needs some help, gently squeeze normal saline from a nasal spray bottle into one nostril. Then have her sniff and blow her nose. Repeat this in the other nostril. An older child who does not need help can follow the same procedure as adults: Lean over a sink, cup some saline in the hand, and sniff into one nostril. Or instill the saline into one nostril with a bulb syringe or nasal spray bottle. Then blow the nose gently. Repeat with the other nostril.