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DIY Saline Nasal Drops for Babies & Toddlers

DIY Saline Nasal Drops for Babies and Toddlers when Cold and Congestion set in.

DIY Saline Nasal Drops for Babies and Toddlers when Cold and Congestion set in.

We’ve had a really rough week this week. My daughter was in the ER 5 days ago for a stomach virus. It took about 4 days for her to get completely well, then it was a domino effect, I got sick, then the hubby, and now both her and the baby have come down with a cold, cough and a lot of chest and nasal congestion.

When they are this age (20 months and 6 months) medicine is not recommended so we are left with natural alternatives to help relieve their symptoms and sleep better. One thing we have used for the girls is Saline Nasal Drops. Saline is natural and it’s was what I used when I was pregnant with the girls and came down with a cold. Saline drops work by clearing the nasal passages and moistens them so that the congestion is loosened up and can be easily cleared.

You can buy nasal drops or you can make your own. We make our own.

To make your own, follow these steps:

1. Mix 1/4 tsp salt and 1 cup of boiled water that has cooled.

2. Use a liquid dropper and fill a few ml with the saline mixture.

3. Drop a few drops in each child’s nostril.

4. After a few minutes, use a bulb syringe to clear nostrils.

There is no medication in this so you can’t overdose and there are no side-effects.

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  • Reply
    Ana @MommysBundle
    February 4, 2014 at 1:42 pm

    Bummer re: the sickness! Rough time for lot of mamas!! I have been going through something similar and blogged about it too! Just that time of year it seems. But I never realized you can make your own saline drops — but makes sense! Homemade is probably best.

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      February 11, 2014 at 9:34 pm

      I’m so glad everyone is finally getting better Ana. How is your family now?

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        February 12, 2014 at 8:51 am

        Good to hear! Much better too, thank you!

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    February 4, 2014 at 11:16 pm

    This is so easy and will come in handy when my daughter gets congested. So far we use the kids’ saline drops at the store, but if I can make this myself – even better!

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    Ankit G.
    February 6, 2014 at 11:26 am

    I have tried saline drops for my kids and I must say it works like a charm. Salt water considered very good for receiving nasal congestion because it draws water from the swollen nasal remembrances thereby relieving the congestion.

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    February 19, 2014 at 6:25 pm

    Shouldn’t this be 1/4 teaspoon of salt, not 1/4 cup?????

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      February 19, 2014 at 9:19 pm

      Sara yes!! thanks so much for notifying me of the typo, I corrected it!

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    July 18, 2014 at 5:18 am

    First off, this worked wonders on our little guy, so thanks for sharing! Second, have you tried storing this solution? If so, in what type of container and for how long? Thank you so much!

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      Tonia Piccola
      October 22, 2017 at 9:44 am

      Store it in a clean glass jar/bottle but if it gets cloudy or looks dirty throw it out, also recommendation says to only keep for 24 hours only. I just read online how to make it an that is what it says bout storage.

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        October 23, 2017 at 2:18 pm

        Great advice, thank you!

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          Tonia Piccola
          October 29, 2017 at 10:28 am

          Your welcome! I hope it works for you

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    January 25, 2015 at 11:14 pm

    I’m a single, first time mom of a 4 month old daughter and has been having a terrible time with congestion and cough. Started late December with pink eye/ear infection combo. She got better but developed a cough and runny nose. Her doctor has had her on nebulizer treatments since. She got better and the cough went away so we stopped. Now almost a month later the teething has started and the runny nose and cough came back, did 2 treatments and now its worse. Thanks for posting this, I’m going to give it a try shes breathing through her mouth but there isn’t any mucus to suck near the front I think its all back farther. I have seen many different ways to make the solution most say to boil the water first. Do you need to do that? Sorry for the long post, but I’m just kind of lost…thanks in advance

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    monica mears
    February 17, 2018 at 2:44 pm

    Do you boil your water first?

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      February 25, 2018 at 4:46 pm

      Yes definitely!

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