Can I use a nasal spray on my baby?


Babies can only breathe through their nose for their first few months. So when their tiny nasal passages get blocked or runny with excess mucus this can mean an unhappy and unsettled baby. This is because excess mucus can block their airways and as a result, may interfere with both feeding AND sleeping. Let’s face facts, an unsettled baby can have knock-on effects for the whole family.

So what can I do to help baby when he/she has a blocked or snotty nose?

There’s sufficient evidence showing that a gentle saline nasal spray can help baby get some relief and hopefully get them back on the path of feeding and sleeping better.

What are the benefits of using a saline nasal spray for my baby?

Using saline nasal sprays or drops in babies can help provide relief especially when they have colds or allergies because clearing a congested nose this way means:

  • Sticky, gunky mucus is thinned
  • Some of the inflammatory chemicals (that the cold virus stimulates in the nasal tissues) can be washed out of the nose
  • Mucus plugs in the nose can be removed
  • Nasal tissues are moistened helping the nose function better
  • Crusty, nasal scabbing is less likely

If you use a saline nasal spray or drop on your baby, you might notice they sniff, sneeze or swallow. These are quite normal bodily reactions that allow him/her to naturally clear their airways so they can breathe easier.

Should I use a snot sucker (posh name: mucus aspirator)?

In some cultures, mothers suck the snot out of their baby’s nose with their mouth, however this is not a great idea for the hygiene reasons alone, never mind horrified onlookers!

Some products available on the market use a “nasal aspirator” or “nasal suction bulb” known as “snot suckers!”. Flo does not use these for many reasons, including the stress they may cause to mum and baby. Parents may find them tricky and difficult to administer, especially on a wriggly upset baby.

Flo Baby Salines do not use a snot sucking device because our products do not require one! Excess mucus can be easily cleared from baby‘s nose by gently squeezing the nostrils together with a clean tissue.

How do I use a nasal spray on my baby?

Flo Baby Saline Nasal Spray has a special nozzle that allows the product to be used in any position or at any angle, making it quick and easy to use. Here’s how you administer it:

1. Position baby comfortably i.e. in their most comfortable position.
2. Position the Flo Baby spray applicator tip just below baby’s nostril and insert the required dose into each nostril.
3. Wipe baby’s nose with a soft clean tissue.

When is the best time to use a saline nasal spray on my baby?

The answer is when they are comfortable and at ease! We recommend you try Flo Baby Saline 10 minutes BEFORE feeding, play and sleep time thereby making it part of their daily schedule.

Try Flo Baby 10 mins before feeding, play and sleep time.

Which saline spray is suitable for my baby?

  1. Try a gentle formulation to mimic the natural fluids surrounding the nasal tissues e.g. an isotonic saline solution is a good example.
  2. Look for “preservative-free” on the pack.
  3. Check the product can be used “at any angle” for easier dosing.
  4. If your baby doesn’t seem to like a saline nasal spray, try nasal drops instead.
  5. If in doubt, please ask your Pharmacist or GP to help.

Parents choose Flo Baby!

Parents from Australia’s popular Tell Me Baby website chose Flo Baby Saline Nasal Spray as the best rated baby health care product last year. Read more about what real parents have to say about Flo Baby Saline Nasal Spray.

Always read the label. Follow directions for use. If symptoms persist, talk to your healthcare professional.

Clinical References:

  • Diagnosis and management of the newborn and young infant who has nasal obstruction. Olnes S Q et al. Paediatric in Review 2000 Dec (12) pp 416 -420.
  • Nasal irrigation with saline solution significantly improves oxygen saturation in infants. Schreiber S et al Acta Paediatrica 2015 Nov 26.