I’m sure you have all seen the image going around facebook showing the inside of a bulb syringe. If you haven’t, basically it shows a ton of mold inside the bulb. Because really, how do you effectively clean inside of one of those things? The answer is… you don’t. Apparently they are meant to be a disposable item. I’m not sure where I read this, but it makes sense, don’t you think? You suck boogers into that thing!! (For the record, I sliced open my bulb syringe, and there was no mold. Just a tiny crusted booger still stuck in there. Still gross though)
Luckily, there are several products on the market that are much more hygienic and also more efficient than the classic old bulb syringe. One of these is the BabyComfyNose, which is a human powered nasal aspirator.
Your reaction is likely the same as mine… human powered?? You mean you suck the snot yourself?? Yes. I do mean that you suck the snot yourself. I, too, was grossed out at first. But as a mother of a child with chronic snot, I was intrigued and just had to try it.
The set up consists of a chamber with a nose tip on one end, and tubing with the nose piece attached to the top. Inside the chamber, you stuff a tissue for a filter. I used two tissues because I was really quite concerned that one wouldn’t be enough. For peace of mind, go ahead and do it (what’s one wasted tissue?), but I don’t think it’s really necessary. I found that the snot mostly stayed inside the nose tip and didn’t even make it to the filter. This was fine, because the nose tip is easily removed and has a wide base so it’s very easy to clean. In fact, the entire unit is very easy to clean. I especially love that it’s also all transparent, so you can SEE that it is clean. And if it’s not, you can purchase a set of two extra mouth pieces, two nose tips, and tubing for $5.
It takes a bit of practice to hold something in your mouth while also holding the chamber and your wiggly, potentially screaming child, but I found that it took only one or two good sucks in each nostril to clear out all of Garrett’s sticky, slimy snot. With a bulb syringe, it could take twenty. No joke. This kid has a lot of snot.
So the verdict is Yes, this thing sucks a lot of snot. And NO I didn’t get any in my mouth.
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