How to Avoid a Sinus Infection or Shorten the Duration of a Cold

by GfG on October 8, 2008 · 11 comments

Ok, hear me out. You may close out my blog as soon as you see the photo I’m going to show you. But, wait! I, too, dismissed the effectiveness of this practice. I had heard many a ‘crunchy’ person talk about it, but I ignored it. UNTIL I realized how often I was having sinus infections and how long colds took to run their course in my home. Paying for antbx three times a year for myself (and the long-term effects of that) was bumming me out, so I finally decided to try it.

I actually squirted salt water up my nose.

Ok, I said it.

I used a bulb syringe to do it. It was odd. It was a bit gross. I will not post photos of the step-by-step process. I know you are thanking me. But you know what, my allergy issues were helped! I started doing it to the kids. You would have thought I was amputating an arm the first two times each kid had to do it, but then a very funny thing happened…

They started asking me to do it! They were feeling better and they realized that ‘cleaning out their nose’ was helping them.

When I forgot my bulb syringe and was at my friend Dr. Mole’s house, she gave me this super duper kit! We now have three of them.

I’m telling you, it works. Doctors have rec’d to parents of small babies to squirt saline solution up the baby’s nose and the suction out the nose. It’s the same principle. You don’t have to admit to others that you do it. Just try it. It’s that time of year when colds start getting passed around and we have a month until the Texas Hill Country gets hit by cedar pollen. I did not have a single sinus infection last year and I really think it was because of starting this practice.


1)Start as soon as you have drainage. I didn’t do this last week and I think I may have a sinus infection now. I’m popping garlic and cleaning my nose out, but this could have been avoided if I had remembered this little tool. I’m guessing that it’s still a new practice to me and so I didn’t think of it immediately. Bad move.

2)Use this bottle or a bulb syringe because there is no germie backwash. Neti pots are popular, but their design leaves me wondering about backwash. Yuck.

3)Wash the syringe or bottle tip after each use.

4)Empty the whole bottle. Don’t just do one squirt in each nostril. With the kiddos, I only started with two squirts in each nostril two-three times a day. They will see the yucko come out of their nose and will become believers. It cracks me up that my seven and five year old will come up to me when they start having a runny nose and say, “Mom, will you clean my nose out!” The eleven year old will just do it on her own without even asking. We nostril squirted the seven year old before BSF last night and when I picked her up she said, “I didn’t sniff or have to wipe my nose one time, Mom!”

This is what Works for Me. Check out Shannon’s blog for lots of other great tips on all sorts of things.

Come on’, I dare ya’ to try it. I’d love for you to report back if/when you do. No photos of the process, though. ‘K?

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