As a mom with 3 children under the age of 5, I've dealt with my fair share of snotty noses. I've tried a variety of baby nasal aspirators on the market, and while they all have their own set of pros and cons, there is one that I recommend hands down to all parents: the Baby-Vac! When we're talking baby nose suckers, this one sucks big time, in the best way.
- a short tube that inserts into the hose of your vacuum
- a snot collection chamber
- the part that inserts into your nose.
- Suctioning children's noses properly when they have a cold or flu will keep their nasal passageways clearer for longer, and can also help prevent secondary sinus infections. Suctioning is not fun for either party, but is very important.
- Moisten dried boogers or thicker snot with a saline spray before sucking (ex. Boogie Mist or Little Remedies).
- If your toddler will NOT let you near them for nose sucking, and you don't have anyone to help you keep them still, this may sound a bit savage but it will help you get the job done: swaddle them!! If they're small enough to still fit into an actual swaddle, do it. If they're bigger, you can use a towel or bed sheet to wrap them up like a little burrito so they can't kick and punch. If you're using a regular vacuum, you'll have one hand free to hold your child's head still. But if you're in a pinch like I am sometimes using a cordless trigger-held vacuum, here are my two suggestions. Position Option 1: Kneel on top of them so that your knees secure their head - now you are hands free to get their noses nice and clean! Position Option 2: Sit on the floor with your child between your legs, which you'll use to keep your child still while you suction away (see me in position 2 below left).
- You may be asking, well, what's wrong with those nasal aspirator bulbs I got from the hospital when my baby was born? Beside the fact that they're very tedius to use with the constant squeezing, they're not meant for long term use with the main reason being that despite your best efforts at cleaning them, they will become a mold, bacteria, and virus factory. I dare you to cut one of your old ones open, or easier yet, click here to see one (not for the faint of heart).
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