Oh yes, every parent remembers those middle of the night runny noses and baby shrieking because they could barely breathe. Back in the old days, we used vapor rub or ran a hot shower in the middle of the night. Now, however, many parents may not even realize all the options there are to help with all the nasty colds, allergies or nasal congestion.
Doctors developed the first aspirators to help get that nasty mucus out of the way. Most of us recognize the basic bulb syringe which is sent home with new parents from the hospital. It is a basic mommy tool. Squeeze it partially flat, place the tip in baby’s nose and release. That comes in handy, but there are drawbacks and so many more options now. Professionals have taken the time to come up with quite a few options beyond that bulb syringe.
Aspirators now have three basic styles. Of course, there are the bulb syringes which are basic and easy to use. There are also aspirators which are parent-powered. One tip of a tube goes in baby’s nose and mommy sucks on the other side, controlling the amount and strength of suction applied. The other options are models which are electric or battery powered. These are a lot easier on your lungs and have their advantages too. With all these options you may be starting to feel your head spin, but that is why we are here. We have done the research for you and chosen a few of our favorite aspirators to tell you about to save you a little time before shopping. Here is to finding the perfect aspirator for you, and to a good night’s sleep for your little treasure and for you.
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When you are making a list of baby shower gifts, baby aspirators are probably not the first item that comes to mind. When you become a new parent, though, you learn quickly just have useful they can be. Your little one can develop a runny nose from a cold, allergies or because they are teething and a stuffy, runny nose can ruin their day. They have troubles breathing or eating and do not get much sleep, and that means you do not get much sleep either.
Every parent is probably familiar with the bulb syringe they send home from the hospital with a new baby, but did you know that there are actually three different styles of aspirators? Each has their own benefits and drawbacks, so you will want to do some research to see which one works best for you. That is where we like to help.
The first type is the common bulb syringe. You squeeze it, hold it to baby’s nostril and release it to cause suction. Probably the biggest benefit to these is the low price. They are also commonly available and good for getting rid of the thin mucus. The disadvantage is that there is only a short burst of suction. They are also hard to clean and can even grow mold inside, so you probably will not want to use them more than a couple of times.
Next, there are aspirators which are powered by human suction. One side of a tube goes into baby’s nostril and you suck on the other side. The mucus collects in a container between the two. A lot of them also have replaceable filters. The advantage to these are that you control the length and power of the suction. They are also usually clear so you can make sure they do not accumulate mold and they are usually much easier to clean, sometimes even dishwasher safe. The disadvantage is the risk of transferring germs and catching their cold.
There are also electric or battery-powered aspirators. These work basically the same way as the human-powered ones. The biggest benefit of these aspirators is that they are easy to use. You can just press a button and hold it to baby’s nose. It provides a constant suction. They are also more compact and portable. The disadvantage is that the batteries will need replacing and usually the suction is not adjustable.
These aspirators are great for getting rid of liquid mucus but now and then you might come across crustier, hard stuff that needs a little encouragement. For this, you can squirt a little saline in baby’s nose to moisten and loosen up the hard boogers. Saline can be purchased over the counter at a pharmacy, or you can make your own. Mix together one cup of distilled water, a half teaspoon of salt and a half teaspoon of baking soda. A baby nasal aspirator, and maybe a little saline, can your little one get a better night of sleep, and maybe mommy and daddy can get some sleep too.
Frequently Asked Questions
Q: What is BPA in the term “BPA free”?
A: It stands for bisphenol A. BPA is an industrial chemical used to make some resins and chemicals since the 1960s.
Q: What is phthalate?
A: They are a substance added to plastics to improve flexibility, durability, transparency, and longevity.
Q: What do you mean by “CE approved”?
A: That is a European certification, similar to the FDA, which certifies compliance in health, environmental and safety standards in Europe.
Q: What does RoHS compliant refer to?
A: That refers to the Restriction of Hazardous Substances Directive which works to restrict dangerous substances in household goods.
Q: Can the nasal aspirators be used for water in the ears too?
A: No, since the water in ears is most often behind the eardrum not only would it not be helpful, but it may be harmful.
Q: Is the NeilMed Naspira FDA approved?
A: We are not sure about that, but it is CE approved which is the European counterpart to the FDA and is said to be even stricter.
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