Unfortunately, babies get sick all the time and it is not a pleasant experience for your baby or you. There is a certain time of year when you have to start preparing for the cold season.
It is at this time that you need to start thinking about how you are going to help your little one through this season with the use of thermometers, nasal aspirators, and a host of cold and flu medications.
Babies suffer from runny stuffy noses, stomach aches, coughs, and a whole range of sicknesses that stampede through your home leaving devastation in their wake.
But there are ways that you can help to ease some of these symptoms so that they can feel more comfortable and get some rest.
Clearing a stuffy nose is one way to ease their discomfort but which is best NoseFrida vs Bulb syringe – we take a look at both these products to see which is the most effective at getting rid of that dreaded snot!
If you have ever been up all night with a little one that is all blocked up and struggling to sleep due to congestion you know that you will do anything to help ease their discomfort.
For adults, a stuffy nose does not cause us huge problems but did you know that newborns do not have the reflex to breathe through their mouth if their nose is blocked until they are around 3 to 4 months old.
This means that a stuffy nose is going to cause them some serious discomfort and this is often the culprit for those sleepless nights you may be experiencing.
But don’t worry there are now some great products that you can buy that will help to get rid of that dreaded snot and stuffy nose allowing your little one to rest peacefully all night long – well I can’t promise they will sleep all night!
We are going to look at two of the most popular snot suckers available today, hopefully, to answer any pressing questions you have and allow you to make an informed choice for helping your little one get rid of their snot.
So we are looking at the NoseFrida and the Bulb syringe both have their pros and cons. Let’s take a look and see which is the most suitable for you and your little one’s needs.
In this article
- What Are Nasal Aspirators?
- NoseFrida Review
- Bulb Syringe Review
- Which Snot Clearer Is The Best?
- The Final Thought
What Are Nasal Aspirators?
You may well be asking yourself this question as many other moms out there. There are two basic types of nasal aspirators that are most commonly used for infants.
Until recently the bulb syringe was the most common due to its simple design and ease of use, it is also one that is most often given to new parents in the hospital. The second snot sucker we are going to look at is the NoseFrida nasal aspirator.
There are a few key similarities between these nasal aspirators so let’s dive in and get to grips with snot sucking.
Both the bulb syringe and NoseFrida are suitable for use with newborns until around the time that they learn to blow their noses themselves.
Both, of course, are used to remove snot and excess mucus from baby’s nasal passages enabling them to breathe easier and both products are most effective when used with a saline solution which helps to soften the mucus, making it easier to remove.
Now that we know the similarities let’s take a deeper look into each individual product.
When you purchase the NoseFrida It will include the following items to get you started:
- Natural safe snot straw
- Disposable booger catcher
- Nose hose
- Disposable filters
How To Use NoseFrida
NoseFrida is designed so that the caregiver can put one mouthpiece in their mouth and the other end on their baby’s nostril in order to form a seal. Then you suck to loosen the mucus and remove it from your baby’s nose.
The snot catcher has a disposable filter in the tube that prevents the bacteria and snot from being transferred into the mouth tube. Check out the video below.
- It does not go inside the baby’s nose.
- The sucking power is adjusted by how hard you suck.
- Easy to clean and are dishwasher safe.
- All pieces are see-through
- The cost of the initial product plus replacement filters.
- Need to remember when you are out of filters.
- Hygiene issues as it is placed in your mouth, not being able to get someone else’s help.
- Lots of small pieces and the chance of losing them.
Check out our full review of NoseFrida here.
Bulb Syringe Review
When you purchase the bulb syringe it comes with the following items:
- Bulb syringe one-piece or two-piece.
- Normally made from silicone or rubber.
How To Use A Bulb Syringe
Bulb syringes are multi-functional products, one of their functions is as a nasal aspirator. They are easy to operate by just compressing the bulb with your fingers, while it is compressed place the tip of the syringe at the opening of your baby’s nostril.
Let the bulb gradually inflate and draw out the snot from the nostril. This may need to be repeated several times.
- Low price
- No replacement filters are needed.
- Most modern syringes come in two parts for easier cleaning.
- Far fewer pieces to potentially lose.
- Can be shared with other caregivers.
- Multiple uses.
- They often come in an opaque color.
- Reports of mold growing in those that can not be opened.
- Less control over the suction strength.
- The tip also has to be placed inside the baby’s nostril.
Which Snot Clearer Is The Best?
Now that we all know the pros and cons of each nasal aspirator, we would recommend that you have both available to you. The reason for this is that one type may work for one child but not necessarily for another.
It is always good to have a backup in case of breakage or malfunction. If you forget to purchase the filters for the NoseFrida then at least you still have the bulb syringe at hand to clear that snot.
Don’t get me wrong there are of course pros and cons to each product. But which one you ultimately decide is right for your baby and you will more than likely come down to how comfortable you are with using a mouthpiece to suck out the snot as opposed t a hand-operated bulb.
Do bulb aspirators work?
These types of aspirators can be very effective at helping to clear your baby’s stuffy nose but it is not recommended that you use them more than 3 to 4 times a day.
Can NoseFrida be used on newborns?
The NoseFrida was invented and recommended by a doctor and is perfectly safe and hygienic to use on your newborn baby.
Can I get sick from using NoseFrida?
Experts say that as long as the NoseFrida is used correctly and cleaned between uses then there is little chance of it causing you or your baby to become sick.
Do you have to change the NoseFrida filter after every use?
The NoseFrida comes with hygiene filters and it is recommended that they are changed after every use in order to maintain the effectiveness of the suction and to minimize moisture buildup. The filters are relatively inexpensive and can be purchased in packs of 100.
The Final Thought
Both of these products work well and help to clear those stuffy little noses. The one that you choose does really come down to how comfortable you are with using each product.
Whichever one you choose will certainly help your little one get a much-needed restful sleep when they are clear of stuffy noses and snot.