by Joanie Whitman
It’s inevitable – with winter colds comes the snot. I used to reach for the traditional bulb aspirator whenever I saw it building, but it was always a battle to use and never really seemed to extract much mucous. There’s also the worry of causing more damage by cramming it into the nasal passage and irritating those sensitive membranes. The strong bursts of suction can cause the nasal lining to swell, making it even harder for baby to breathe. Not to mention how impossible they are to clean . . .
But have no fear – there’s a great alternative to the traditional bulb aspirator called the NoseFrida. I read a great review about it by Thingamababy and decided I had to give it a try. It turned out to be a wonderful product that I would highly recommend to anyone wanting a much more effective replacement for the old tired bulb aspirator. Its hose system uses your own suction to extract excess mucous from the baby‘s nose without even being inserted into their nasal passage. So the worry of causing harm is gone. I know what you’re thinking – but don’t worry, there’s a filter that keeps any snot from reaching your mouth
The NoseFrida does an amazing (and I mean AMAZING) job of pulling out more mucous than I ever thought possible. At first, I found myself straining to create enough suction, but with practice I’ve become good at mustering enough lung power to successfully remove any and all snot from baby’s nasal passage. I do find that using a little saline spray can be helpful in releasing thicker mucous.
As for cleaning the NoseFrida, it’s actually possible and very easy. The cigar shaped body of the aspirator comes apart and can easily be rinsed with warm water. No more germ filled aspirators sitting around. I bought replacements filters, but the filter can be rinsed with water and reused multiple times.
After switching to the NoseFrida, we’ve been able to keep a common mucous-producing cold from moving into baby’s lungs and becoming a more serious infection. This is an excellent, natural way to help our baby recover quickly and stay healthy during the winter season. And to top it all off – the Nosefrida is even made from #5 polypropylene plastic which is free of BPA, PVC and pththalates.
Watch this video to see the Nosefrida in action: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h6D1zYQF2dA