Saline Nasal Drops for Infants – Benefits and Side Effects


For a young baby, the act of breathing is what takes the most effort in the initial phases. Even as adults, a blocked nose causes the most discomfort and irritation since it takes away our tendency to breathe involuntarily. In babies, this causes a lot of trouble as he will cry or cough in order to breathe better. Clearing a blocked nose is extremely important in babies and nasal drops are your best bet in that regard.

What are Nasal Saline Drops?

These saline drops that are made for the nose are nothing more than a proper mixture of water and salt. On putting a few drops of this solution in your baby’s nose, it works in clearing up the block. For the ones suffering from cold, the mucus will move away and leave a clear nose to help breathe normally. This works on kids, too.

How to Give Saline Nasal Drops to Babies?

Administering nasal drops to young babies can be achieved in a few steps.


  • Wash your hands clean using water with soap, or a disinfectant.
  • Use a syringe or a dropper and pull in the appropriate dosage of the solution as recommended.
  • Hold the dropper in your dominant hand and use the other arm to hold your child. Using a football hold could be effective, too.
  • If a lot of mucus is present on the outside, clear it out first using a small suction bulb.
  • Don’t insert the dropper in his nose. Place it just outside the nasal cavity and squeeze it.
  • If most of it gets used in one nostril itself, keep the bottle nearby or get someone to give you more solution in it.
  • Continue holding your baby as is so that the solution has time to travel down the blocked track.
  • Sometimes the solution can reach the throat and cause your baby to cough. Hold him up when this happens in a sitting position.

Benefits of Baby Saline Drops/Spray

Using saline drops or nasal sprays to relieve blocked nostrils is one of the effective ways to make it happen. This is because:

  • They do not contain any medicinal substances that can affect adversely
  • They provide almost instant relief
  • They can be used by other people in the family too
  • They are quite cheap and easily available in medical stores without a prescription

Side Effects of Using Saline Nasal Drops/Spray for Babies

As simple as it might seem, if the right precautions are not taken, administration of nasal drops could result in a few effects that may not be suitable for your baby.

  • Failing to observe the basic hygiene and cleaning your hands properly could cause germs from your hands to enter the child, further infecting him with more diseases.
  • Sharing the same dropper amongst each other without sterilizing it first tends to be an open invitation for various diseases.
  • At times, the nose could get even runnier and lead to multiple sneezing bouts. Your baby might have a dry nose instead and have breathing trouble, extreme fussiness, nausea, sweating or swelling. Contact the doctor in such cases right away.
  • For long-lasting effects, you have to keep giving nasal drops repeatedly until the blockage is cleared completely.

How to Make Saline Nose Drops for Your Child at Home?

Homemade saline drops for infants are not at all difficult to make and can be quickly rustled up for a fast remedy in case of blocked noses.


What Will You Need? 

  • Water from the tap or distilled water
  • A measuring cap
  • A pan
  • Spoons to measure
  • Non-iodised salt
  • Baking soda
  • Dropper

How to Make

  1. Pour the water into the saucepan such that it is filled to a decent level. Place it on a flame and let it boil for about 10 minutes. This takes care of any bacteria present in it.
  2. Take a quarter teaspoon of salt and baking soda half of that, and add both of them to a cup of warm water. The proportion needs to be precise since a little more of either can result in nasal irritation for your baby.
  3. After stirring them together and making sure they have dissolved completely, take as much solution as required and keep the rest in a clean bowl for no more than 24 hours.
  4. Use a dropper to take a small amount of solution while it is warm. Make sure it isn’t too hot or cold and close to body temperature as much as possible.
  5. Add a couple of drops each in your baby’s nose. Wait for half a minute before you start cleaning the liquefied mucous that comes out.

A blocked nose is nothing more than a small hindrance that causes a ton of irritation. Medication is the last resort rarely recommended by doctors. Nasal drops are quick and effective and can relieve your baby from the trouble, bringing him back to the playful mood he tends to be in.

Also Read:

Home Remedies for Stuff Nose in Infants
How to Clean Your Baby’s Nose?
Nasal Congestion in Babies