Runny noses are nothing new to parents. As the seasons change and the colds come, it can be difficult to keep up with your child’s runny nose.
Babies and some toddlers are too young to blow their nose, and it can be hard to tell if you are spreading the snot around their face or really helping them out.
Here’s my take on the two nasal aspirators we have used.
Briggs Baby Nasal Aspirator – Bulb Syringe
If you’re in your 30s or older, you’ll remember the Briggs Baby Nasal Aspirator. These units are small and can be used with one hand. I remember taking them and pushing on the bulb to blow air in my brothers’ faces. And now that I think about it, that was disgusting.
They have been around for a long time and serve more than one purpose.
At $5, it is easy on the wallet.
There are no filters to replace or extra pieces to hunt down when you need them.
Not only can you use the bulb syringe to suck snot out of your baby’s nose, you can also use it (after you have cleaned it) to suck earwax from your baby’s ears if needed.
Just because they have been around for a long time doesn’t mean that there aren’t any drawbacks.
No child likes to have things shoved up their nose, especially when they are sick. In order for the bulb syringe to properly work, you need to place the tip inside your child’s nostril. Doing this has caused our kids to become more upset than they were before with just the stuffy nose.
Hard to Clean
Because the syringes are opaque, you can’t see inside. This makes it hard to tell if you have thoroughly cleaned the syringe after each use. Failure to properly clean the bulb syringe could result in a health risk to your child. I should note, however, that some models are made as a two-piece bulb syringe instead of a one-piece.
You are at the will of the bulb syringe and its suction power. You cannot control the power of the suction.
Fridababy NoseFrida Nasal Aspirator
When Anna was pregnant with Jude, a friend of ours told us about the Fridababy NoseFrida Aspirator.
Unlike the bulb syringe, the NoseFrida works using a (BPA and phthalate-free) mouthpiece. The mouthpiece is connected to a tube which links to the mouthpiece.
We have used the NoseFrida for almost five years now, and there are several pros to mention.
Unlike the bulb syringe, you place the NoseFrida against your child’s nostril.
The suction is driven by the mouthpiece and your ability to suck, so you can control the suction as needed.
Easy To Clean
You can disassemble the NoseFrida for cleaning. Also, because it is clear, you can spot the areas that are dirty and easily clean and dry them before the next use.
The NoseFrida isn’t for the person who is easily grossed out (however, I would say that blowouts and dirty diapers are way worse than any snot). Also, there is a disposable hygiene filter that prevents mucus or bacterial transfer.
There are 5 total pieces needed in order to use this device properly.
It is recommended that you replace filters after every use. I tend to let the filter go for a few uses unless snot has reached the filter.
The NoseFrida costs $16 plus you have the costs of the replacement filters ($3 for a pack of 20).
After using both nasal aspirators, my top choice is the Fridababy NoseFrida Aspirator hands down. Overall, it’s snot that bad. #dadjoke
Here’s why we like it:
- You can see the snot you sucked out.
- Easy to clean
- Ability to control suction
Have you used a nasal aspirator with your child? If so, which one have you used? Let me know about your experiences in the comments below.