Why is it that some babies have snots in their nose all the time and others don’t – we are not yet close to getting the answers for this question but genetics might have a lot to do with it. One of my sons rarely had blocked noses, whereas the other one always had a blocked nose. Even for adults, who have the ability to blow out their noses, blocked noses can be irritating, so you can imagine how bad it must be for the baby who cannot do it on his own and must wait for the parent to help him out.
How can the parent help him out – by using a nasal aspirator to suck out the mucus from the nasal passage of the baby. This will need to be done regularly because there is a limit to what you can and should suck out in each go. You do not want to overdo it and cause injury to the baby.
You will get a few nasal aspirators like this one below from your hospital. But I must warn you that they are only meant for use for the next few days. If you use beyond that you will find that it becomes a perfect area for mold to grow, even if you wash with hot water and soap every day.
The ideal product would have the following characteristics
- Transparent so that you can check for any mold collected in any corner.
- Easy to clean
- Should be operated by sucking through the mouth(even if that sounds gross) because it allows you to control teh suction.
Here is my recommended list
- NoseFrida The Snotsucker Nasal Aspirator – This is the best example of the aspirator operated by the mouth – and is one of the most popular aspirators in the market. There is no danger of the mucus going into your mouth as a removable filter prevents this from happening. See the filter below which you can purchase separately. There are other similar ones like
- For those who liked the simple efficacy of the blue one that I showed at the beginning but wish it could be opened up and cleaned I would suggest the BoogieBulb Cleanable and Reusable Baby Nasal Aspirator. As the picture suggests the bulb can be opened and cleaned up. However I must warn you – this is not the best snot sucker, it is am improved version of the simplest one, which should suffice for most babies. May parents complain of weaker suction – so if you need one that has strong suction(your baby has lots of mucus) then NoseFrida is the recommended one.
- Premium Nasal Aspirator by BaeLove – Last but no least you could use the battery operated nasal aspirator.
But we warned – because this is battery operated, the makers have to be very careful with the suction. They have chosen to restrict the suction power to prevent liabilities and it cannot even be adjusted.