Best Nasal Aspirator
Last Updated: . Best Nasal Aspirator. What’s the second most common reason parents call a doctor for infants? Nasal congestion! (The #1 reason is fever). To the rescue come nasal aspirators, which promise relief for unhappy kiddos.
But do they really work?
We tried out several gadgets that promise relief for nasal congestion and consulted with pediatricians about best practices. Here are our picks—and a simple remedy that doesn’t involve a gadget! As always, we recommend consulting with a doctor about your baby’s congestion and whether an aspirator is recommended to use for your baby.
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Easiest to Clean Nasal Aspirator
OCCObaby Baby Nasal Aspirator
Easiest to Clean Nasal Aspirator: OCCObaby Nasal Aspirator
This aspirator suggests using a saline solution first before suctioning and that is wise advice—it’s a good way to break up congestion. Here’s an overview:
What We Liked
• Easy to clean. Compared to others we tested, the OCCObaby was the easiest to take apart and clean. • Easiest to use solo. Some nasal aspirators require an extra set of hands to work well; this one is easier to use if you are solo parenting a sick child.
What Needs Work
• Can be noisy. That can scare some kiddos, we should note! • Suction inadequate, say critics. There is a split opinion on this—when we tested it, we thought the suction was adequate . . . especially if you close the other nostril while using. However, others feel this one isn’t as strong as competitors like the Watolt model reviewed earlier.
Parent Favorite Nasal Aspirator
Baby Nasal Aspirator NoseFrida the Snotsucker by Frida Baby
No batteries, simple to do. This low-tech solution to relieving congestion is simple but effective. Works better for wet, runny noses. Caveat: sometimes requires a second set of hands to be effective.
Parent Favorite Nasal Aspirator: NoseFrida
The “NoseFrida Snot Sucker” (their words, not ours) is a low-tech solution to relieve congestion. One end goes in baby’s nostril. Then this is attached to a tube, which a parent sucks on to remove mucus. Yes, there is a filter to prevent this from backing up into your mouth! We know, yuck.
NoseFrida has a cult-like parent following—fans just love this thing since it is effective and non-invasive. And there are no batteries to worry about. Here’s more:
What We Liked
• Good for wet, runny noses. NoseFrida says it works best when used with saline spray, which makes sense as that helps break up congestion, aspirator or not!
• Portable. This solution is easy to take on the road, in case your child has a cold while traveling.
• Quick and easy. In our testing, the NoseFrida did what it promised—and was fast.
What’s Needs Work
• Filters only work against bacteria, not viruses. That means if your child has a viral infection and you suck that air into your mouth, there is a risk the parent could get sick as well.
• Not a kid favorite. Note we said this is a PARENT favorite—kids are not so wild about it, based on our testing and research. Other nasal aspirators have built-in distractions (music, for example). This one doesn’t.
• Requires extra set of hands. Because you have to make sure the end that goes into your baby’s nose has a good seal, you may need an extra set of hands to have it work well. That’s because you have to then hold that part that goes into your mouth at the same time. If you are solo parenting a sick child, this may not be the best solution.
Simple remedy: Saline drops/sprays
If you ask pediatricians what they’d recommend to treat nasal congestion in infants and toddlers, they will universally recommend saline nose spray. Little Remedies Nasal Spray is a good example. Saline drops or sprays are a mix of salt and water and that’s the easiest (and most gentle) way of breaking up mucus in the nose.
Not only are saline drops affordable, they don’t run the risk of side effects. Getting overzealous when using a nasal aspirator like the NoseFrida can irritate the lining of the nose and possibly cause nosebleeds.
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