How to do a nasal saline rinse for toddlers and kids

It’s starting to be allergy and drippy-nose season already! At the very least, it’s the time of year when young children who haven’t been exposed to a lot of germs return to school and start carrying home some fun ones. In addition to boosting immunity with Thieves oil for infants and toddlers, one of my go-to treatments for prevention and also treatment of upper respiratory illness for kids is nasal saline rinsing. Obviously, a nasal saline rinse for toddlers and kids does not look the same as it does for adults. For adults, I always recommend the neti pot first of all. It’s much less harsh and does a more thorough job of rinsing contaminants out. However, if you’ve ever tried to hold a child’s head sideways and pour salt water into their nose (I haven’t, but I have a friend who actually tried this!), OUT OF WHICH THEY BREATHE, you might recognize it is a fool’s errand. More water is going to get on you and the child than into anybody’s nose. And it’s going to traumatize both you and the child.

Here is where I recommend the nasal saline spray for kids.

The key word is SPRAY

Do not buy the ridiculous bottles labeled “drops OR spray” with a nozzle that looks like this:

Saline DROPS are not what you want, you want saline SPRAY for kids
Saline DROPS are NOT what you want,
you need saline SPRAY for kids

There is no way you are going to get that dropper top to defy gravity and send water up a child’s nose! I don’t know what someone was smoking to call that a “spray”. The only way to make that kind of dropper spray significant amounts is to invert the head. Now you’re right back to having to hold your child’s head sideways and put liquid up their nose.

Just, NO.

Here is the kind of nozzle you need:

The easiest nozzle for kids to do their own nasal saline spray - post includes video demo with a 2 & 3 year old

Below is a video of my kids demonstrating how they do nasal saline spray on themselves.

If you weren’t able to see the embedded video, you can see it on YouTube here.

The key is to start young and make it fun. I started my kids at birth with nasal saline spray. Until they were about a year old, I followed the spray with suction using the nose frida (affiliate link). Because the nose frida mimics the feeling of blowing out through the nose (not suction like those bulb suctions you get at the hospital), both my kids knew how to blow their own nose before they were 2 years old. I let them start holding the saline nose spray for themselves at about 18 months old. I also let them spray it into the air as you will see in the video because that makes it fun!

I hope this answers some of the questions I get about how I get my kids to use nasal saline spray. Let me know if you have any questions in the comments!


Meme: Accent vlog

I’ve seen this going around the blogsphere from Jennie at She Likes Purple, Nicole from As Many As We’re Given, and Bobbi Janay from Kid to Grown Up.

There is a list of words you are supposed to say and then questions you answer. I wish someone was compiling this stuff so I could be a nerd and hear all about the different accents.

I have also included commentary on why I have the accent that I have and what I call various things.
So, here you are {video here}:

NOTE: No idea why my head is stretched in the video. I blame YouTube.

Vlog Talk: If I Didn’t Blog

We had a great, relaxing Labor Day with amazingly beautiful cool temps here in Dallas! As a result, I did not get really any writing done this weekend and I’m behind in posts even though I have some great things to share with you all.

Somehow, I suspected this might happen and I pre-recorded an answer to the weekly Vlog Talk prompt.

Vlog Talk
I am answering the question:
What would you do with your days if you didn’t blog anymore?

Love the {Home} You’re With: what I don’t love

Recently Jill at Baby Rabies did a post on how she decided to  “Love the Home You’re With“. She and her husband are doing amazing things to make their home so beautiful since they’ll be staying there for a few years. We recently decided that, instead of moving to another rental and possibly moving again in another year when we’re closer to being able to buy, we should just stay here where we are for another year.

In order to stay where we are, we’ll be doing some rearranging. I am going to do a series of posts over the next month or so on our progress. Warning: they will most likely be sporadic. I have to do them as we accomplish steps toward our goal of creating somewhere for Little Lady to sleep since there is currently nowhere to put her other than our room.

I wanted to start this first post with something I don’t love about this place, because I am always keeping in mind that we are going to get out of this place one day, and I am going to learn from the design flaws of this house. No one ever believes me when I tell them we have a 2-square-foot bathroom. So I have done my first vlog to show it to you.

Here it is, the smallest bathroom in the world {video here}: