How to Help A Snotty Child

How to Help A Snotty Child

Posted by Emma, Snotty Noses HQ on 14th Feb 2024

Dealing with a snotty nose is the least glamourous side of parenthood.

Whether it's due to seasonal allergies, a common cold, or teething, a congested child can make everyone's life stressful and uncomfortable.

However, fear not! 

With the right techniques and tools, you can help clear out that pesky mucus and bring comfort to your little one.

In this guide, we'll explore some practical tips for managing a snotty kid.

TIP 1: Loosen Mucus with Saline Drops/Spray:

Saline drops or spray are a gentle and effective way to loosen and clear out nasal congestion in children. Here's how you can make your own saline solution at home:

How to make your own solution for less than 5 cents.

  • Ingredients: You'll need sterile water and salt. The ratio typically used is 1 teaspoon of iodine-free salt per 1 cup of distilled or boiled water.
  • Preparation: Mix the salt and water until the salt is fully dissolved. Ensure the solution is at room temperature before use.
  • Application: Lay your child on their back or tilt their head slightly backward. Gently insert a few drops of saline solution into each nostril using a dropper or nasal spray bottle. Allow the solution to sit for a moment before helping your child blow their nose or using a nasal aspirator to clear out the loosened mucus.

Tip 2: Clear Out Mucus: Nasal Bulbs or Aspirator:

When saline drops alone aren't enough to clear out mucus, nasal bulbs or aspirators can come to the rescue. These devices work by creating suction to remove excess mucus from your child's nasal passages. 

Let's compare the effectiveness of manual vs motorised aspirators.

Nasal Bulb:

Squeeze the bulb to expel any air, then insert the tip into your child's nostril. Slowly release the bulb to create 1 second of suction, then gently remove it while continuing to hold the suction. Repeat as needed for each nostril.

Be mindful of these bulb aspirators, they contain hard plastic nose pieces that can cause your child discomfort. Which can be distressing while they’re already uncomfortable from other symptoms.

Unfortunately, the nasal squeeze bulb only has 1 size of nozzle.

Parents also need to ensure they squeeze when outside the nostril and release when inside the nostril, otherwise snot can be accidentally pushed further up the nostril and cause a choking hazard in the throat.

Modern parents are loving motorised nasal aspirators with soft silicone nozzles for faster more comfortable relief from mucus.

Nasal Aspirator - Like our Snotty Boss:

Simply press the 'power button'.

Insert the nozzle into your child's nostril.

Gently rotate the nozzle for 5-10 seconds, so the suction reaches all parts of the nostril. Repeat on the other side. Choose nozzle based on your needs at the time.

The strong, constant, one-way suction will safely and easily remove any loose nasal mucus, allowing the child to breathe easier and feel better instantly.

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TIP 3: Cool Mist Vaporiser

Our Hush Vaporiser is a long-running cool mist vaporiser to add moisture to the air, making it easier for your child to breathe and loosen congestion. 

Here's how to use one effectively:

  • Fill the Tank: Fill the vaporiser's tank with distilled water, following the manufacturer's instructions. Avoid using essential oils unless specifically recommended by your healthcare provider.
  • Place in the Room: Position the vaporiser in your child's room, ensuring it's placed on a stable surface away from electrical outlets and out of reach of curious hands.
  • Turn it On: Switch on the vaporiser and adjust the settings as needed.

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TIP 4: Run a Hot Steamy Shower  to Loosen Mucus

If you're in need of a quick and easy solution, running a hot shower and creating a steamy environment can provide immediate relief for your snotty kid. Here's how to do it:

Step 1: Close the Bathroom Door: Ensure the bathroom door is closed to trap the steam inside.

Step 2: Run Hot Water: Turn on the shower to the hottest temperature possible and let it run for a few minutes to generate steam.

Step 3: Sit in the Steam: Sit with your child in the bathroom for 10-15 minutes, allowing them to breathe in the steamy air. You can also gently tap or pat their back to help loosen any mucus.

Dealing with a snotty kid can be challenging, but armed with the right techniques and tools, you can help alleviate their discomfort and promote better breathing. 

From homemade saline drops to cool mist vaporisers, there are plenty of options available to suit your child's needs. By following these practical tips, you'll be well-equipped to tackle nasal congestion and provide comfort to your little one.

We hope these helpful tips have your babe breathing clearer sooner.

All the best Mama,


Snotty Noses HQ.

Disclaimer: We are not doctors or healthcare professionals or aromatherapists. Our products are offered for sale with general use guidelines provided by the manufacturer. Should any sensitivity to our products occur, please discontinue use. Our products are not intended to diagnose, treat, and/or take the place of medical treatment prescribed by a doctor or medical professional.