Sucking Snot In Infants Aged 2 Months Who Have The Flu And Cough, May Or Not?

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Hello, My name is Syaiful Anwar. My child is almost 2 weeks old, dated 13 later exactly 2 months. My child has a cold and cough, breathing is hard like mucus already thick in the nasal cavity, can I as a father suck my child’s snot?

1 Answer:

Good morning Syaiful, thank you for asking on HealthReplies.com. In infants, low immune system and still not perfect makes them vulnerable to infection, be it an infection of the airways, an infection of the ear, or on other body parts. And because nasal mucus is one of the body's normal responses when the airways, especially the nose, get an infection, nasal congestion is also often experienced by infants. This can make a baby fussy because he does not know what to do. Parents also often feel anxious and cannot bear to see their children like that, so suck the mucus directly with his mouth. But this is not the right course of action.

This is because by doing this, many bacteria in the mouth that actually have the potential to enter the nose or mouth of the baby. Our mouth area is indeed the source of various invisible bacteria, and brushing your teeth will not help much, especially because when you brush your teeth, you brush your teeth but when you suck, you use your lips. Maybe this is not a problem if done between adults, but for babies whose immune systems are still not good, this can actually make things worse.

Therefore, the recommended method is to use a special device called an aspirator (which you should first consult with your pediatrician), or by dripping saline or sterile saline water sold in pharmacies into the nostril first, then using an aspirator. In addition, steps that can also be done are to do evaporation by using moist and warm air vapor, keeping the house air clean, fulfilling the needs of baby's fluids, and keep away from dust, pollution, and cigarette smoke. If it still doesn't work, get your child checked by a pediatrician for further treatment. So, hopefully answering your question.

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