My boyfriend swears by sucking out mucus when our eight-month-old has a cold. I’m on the fence. Do the benefits outweigh the discomfort of holding a screaming baby down to suck out the mucus using — what I consider to be — a torture device? —Linda R. Are you not yet a parent and/or do…

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