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Saline Nose Drops

March 12, 2009


I can’t count how many times I have had to put saline drops into my little ones’ noses, and buying the over the counter saline drops can set a person back a good $5 or more, depending on brand.

Well when my 4th child, EK, was 3 weeks old she was congested and having a very difficult time breathing.  I took her to our pediatrician, who recommended that I use saline drops and a bulb syringe to keep her nose cleared out.  AND she was kind enough to give me directions on how to make my own at home for just a few cents, MUCH better than $5!!

All you need is 1 cup of water, and 1/4 tsp. of salt.  Boil the water, Add salt.  Allow mixture to cool down to room temperature and put it in a clean container.  Put 2 or 3 drops of the solution in each side of baby’s nose and wait 4 seconds.  This helps to loosen the nasal secretions. Suction the baby’s nose with a bulb syringe, especcially before feeding and before putting him/her down for naps. This suctioning procedure can be repeated every hour if necessary.

Note: Be sure to prepare a fresh solution every day. 

Even with having to prepare a fresh solution everyday, you still save quite a bit of money, b/c you will only be making the mixture as it is needed, and if you little one is not too stuffy, then only mix 1/2 of the saline mixture together!

This may not save a TON of money, but A Penny Saved, is a Penny Earned! 😉

Find out other frugal tips at Life as Mom.

2 Comments leave one →
  1. March 13, 2009 6:39 am

    Thanks for sharing such a great tip!

  2. April 16, 2009 12:38 am

    Thanks for this tip!! Great timing–My 12 year old son has terrible allergies and is so congested!


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