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Mum's trick for unblocking baby's nose hailed as 'genius' - but medics and parents are divided

Mirror logo Mirror 26/11/2017 Zahra Mulroy
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Not only is a blocked nose very uncomfortable for your baby, but it's incredibly frustrating for both parent and tot.

A blocked or stuffy nose impacts family life as a whole.

Your baby's feeding is affected, meaning they don't sleep well - meaning you don't sleep well.

And as any parent knows, sleep is already at a premium in those first few months.

While there is apparatus which can help - such as nasal respirators, one mum has come up with a DIY technique which is being hailed as "amazing".

But not all medical professionals are convinced.

In the clip, posted on Facebook , the mum of an adorable little girl gets a syringe full of salt water.

Distracting the little one with the camera, she instructs her to keep mouth open, places the syringe under the unblocked nostril, presses down and, hey presto - a torrent of otherwise inaccessible snot shoots out.

Parents and medics alike were quick to provide their varied feedback.

"As a respiratory therapist, this is the bomb!" one wrote. "Although most kids may not be so cooperative and may require some sort of containment system."

"Coming from a parent of a stuffy 5 month old this is definitely worth a try," agreed one mum.

"Mum is on point! Had a plan and executed it with purpose. She was quick yet gentle," added another.

But plenty of other viewers raised objections.

"This is not a safe practice. It can lead to choking and aspiration which could result in a pneumonia. But what do I know. I'm only a children's nurse."

"Looks good and eases child BUT errrrm Dry or secondary drowning springs to mind. I wouldn't do it too risky," agreed someone else.

"Unless the child is old enough to know how to breath out of its mouth while your doing this then I would say that child is too young to safety do it ,but frankly I'd speak to my doctor or pharmacist before doing that to my child," read another comment.

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If your baby or toddler is suffering from a cold or blocked nose, the NHS suggest the following.

If they have a blocked nose, you can make their breathing easier by raising the pillow end of your child's bed or cot by putting books or bricks under the legs, or placing a pillow under the mattress (although you shouldn't put anything under the mattress of a baby younger than one year old).

A warm, moist atmosphere can ease breathing if your child has a blocked nose – take your child into the bathroom and run a hot bath or shower, or use a vaporiser to humidify the air.

If you are unsure of anything, contact your GP or speak to your pharmacist.

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