When it comes to baby nose suction, there are some things, that you need to be aware of. If your child has a stuffy nose, you need to clear your baby's nose. Obviously, toddlers and infants don't know how to blow their noses, so you need to get rid of the mucus for them. Fortunately, there are some tools that will make this activity pretty easy. They are easily available on the market, so you won't experience any difficulties while getting one of them.
Baby nose suction – tools
To suck mucus from baby's nose you need a device called nasal aspirator. It's a tool manufactured to allow adults to clear infants' noses easily. There are three kinds of nasal aspirators: bulb syringes, electric nasal aspirators and self suctioning nasal aspirators. The price of the device depends on what kind of nasal aspirator you want to buy – electric ones are the most expensive, while self suctioning ones are a little cheaper. Bulb syringes are the cheapest. Nevertheless, you can easily buy one of them for under $20.
Bulb syringe nasal aspirator looks like a light bulb. It's easy to use – you need to squeeze the bulb (so the air goes out), put its tip in the nostril and release the squeeze (that's the moment when suction is performed). Unfortunately, bulb syringes aren't very effective – sometimes you need to repeat the process 10 – 20 times to clear baby's nostrils. It's also difficult to clear the device, so it might happen that you will need to discard the device after a few uses because of the smell that comes from the inside of the bulb.
Self suctioning nasal aspirator requires the parent (or anyone else) to perform the suction. It might sound gross, but the process is 100% hygienic and a lot of parents recommend this kind of nasal aspirators as the best one. It's easy to use and very easy to clean (probably all models are dishwasher safe).
Electric nasal aspirator provides continuous suction. Those nasal aspirators are powered by batteries so they offer limited suction power (which is lower than in parent-powered nasal aspirators mentioned earlier). If you're using an electric nasal aspirator, you need to remember to always have some spare batteries. Probably the biggest disadvantage of this kind of nasal aspirators is that a lot of parents say that those devices break after a short period of time.
Baby nose suction – useful information
You've got the most essential information about nasal aspirators. Now it's time to talk a little about the suction process. First thing that you should remember is that baby's nose and nostrils are very vulnerable. You need to be very careful while performing the suction, so you won't irritate baby's nose. Children don't like the process of removing goop from their nostrils, so they won't sit motionless while you're getting rid of the mucus. Because of that, you should hold your baby's head still while doing the suction.
Sometimes the mucus is very thick and it seems impossible to suck it using a nasal aspirator. Try pouring a few saline drops (or use a saline spray) into each nostril a few moments before using the aspirator. That should thin the mucus and allow you to remove it.
Sometimes it's very difficult to remove the goop from the nostril because of some other reasons than mucus thickness. Besides saline drops, you can try to block the other nostril while performing the suction or try to seal the nostril (the one on which you're working at the moment) while performing the suction. Even though you're trying to bring your baby relief, the child won't (in most cases) like those activities and will try to fight you. Sometimes the fact that your child fights you might even prevent you from doing the suction. In that case, you might need someone to help you and hold the baby while you're removing the mucus.
When buying a nasal aspirator, you should pay attention to both price and efficiency of the device. There is no sense in buying a device (cheap or expensive one) if it won't fulfill its purpose, i.e., remove mucus from baby's nose. As you can see, when it comes to baby nose suction, there are some things that you need to know.