Don’t have the heart to do it when the baby’s respiratory tract becomes obstructed, besides the sound disturbing it also makes it uncomfortable. For adults it may be very easy to remove it but for babies it is very difficult to get it out on their own. You don’t need to panic, you can find the right way to expel phlegm in your baby.
Phlegm or what is known by another name, namely slam can make your baby’s throat uncomfortable, obstruct breathing, interfere with swallowing breast milk so that your baby is often fussy. Changes in the baby’s health condition, especially those related to health problems that cause discomfort, are often accompanied by a cough with phlegm. Cough with phlegm can be caused by several conditions such as coughs, colds, flu caused by viruses, bacteria or allergies.
Steps that can be taken to thin out phlegm, namely:
- You can take your baby after a shower in the morning to get sunshine (at 06.30-07.00) for approximately 10-15 minutes. To warm your baby
- You can apply telon oil or a special baby balm to the chest so that the baby feels warm, especially at night.
- Provide a basin filled with warm water then give a little eucalyptus oil and place it near the baby so that the air is inhaled, be careful not to get it easily reached by the baby’s body, it is feared that it will hurt him.
- For babies aged 6 months and over, you can provide additional warm food. For example, by providing a warm broth.
- Still in babies aged 6 months and over, then you can give fluids for a simple therapy to thin out phlegm and clear your baby’s throat.
Meanwhile, to help expel phlegm in your baby, you can do the following ways:
- If you have done the steps above, to thin the phlegm, lie flat on your baby’s lap. Place your one foot higher so that your baby is tilted and the head is lower. You can pat the baby’s back gently, the runny phlegm on the baby will come down and then come out of the throat.
- With enough fluids consumed by your baby (fluids or breast milk) will help your baby in expelling phlegm through feces, when the baby is salivating or sneezing and vomiting.
- You can use a special tool to remove phlegm from the rubber material. If necessary, suck up phlegm in the mouth and nose. First you can vacuum the mouth first by placing the suction tip into the oral cavity.
- When expelling phlegm avoid sucking your baby’s mouth or nose after feeding or eating as this can cause vomiting. If your baby is vomiting and has difficulty breathing then you can limit the suction.
Those are the steps you can take to help your baby when expelling phlegm. Phlegm often interferes with activities and makes your baby fussy. By knowing how to take it out, hopefully it can be useful.