Did you know that babies can only breathe through their noses? According to experts, babies do not have the developmental reflex to breathe through their mouth until about one year old.
This makes clearing stuffy or clogged noses during cold season and beyond, that much more essential.
Even a partially clogged nose can therefore bring major issues including trouble sleeping, eating, and trouble breathing. And no parent wants to see their little one suffer from the prolonged congestion.
It always pained my heart to hear my babies sniffle and sometimes wheeze when they weren’t feeling well.
So what can parents do to help a congested baby?
One of the first things you can do to help alleviate nasal congestion in baby is check the moisture in the air.
Dry air can contribute to mucus buildup inside the nose. Adding moisture via a cool-mist humidifier can help. Make sure to follow safety guidelines, clean regularly to remove mold, and keep out of baby’s reach.
Running a warm shower and letting baby breathe in the mist is another option to help.
Next, use saline drops or saline spray with suctioning. These should be a staple in your medicine cabinet. The drops help loosen up dry mucus so it’s easier to suction with a baby nasal aspirator device.
How to clear baby’s congestion with a suction-device
When a baby is congested or has some mucus building up in their nasal passages, parents can try a few different suctioning tools.
After a few drops of saline, they can try a bulb syringe or nasal aspirator made to suction out mucus or loosen boogers.
And these rubber bulbs are often the first things parents turn to, but they can also be a bit daunting for new parents. The design of your standard bulb syringe makes it so that you have to insert the pointy nosepiece carefully into the nostril without going too far in before squeezing and releasing the bulb. So it’s not the most gentle option and takes practice.
Next, you have a variety of manual nasal aspirators that help improve the nose piece, but do not have the strongest suction power and require a bit of trial and error.
Then there are snot suckers that aim to improve the suctioning limitations of these devices, but require the use of both hands and have you literally “suck out the boogers” through a tube. And I can tell you while these can do a much better job than your standard bulb syringe, they are quite gross if you don’t get that filter on properly — I know because it’s happened to me!
The NozeBot was designed to help solve these issues.
Why is the NozeBot a better way to clear baby’s nose
The NozeBot is a battery-powered suction device designed to clear even the toughest nasal congestion in babies, from newborns to 3 years old.
It is quite the upgrade and solution to many of those typical ways to clear congestion and was designed by Dr. Steven Goudy to help babies better breathe, eat, and sleep at home instead of having to visit the hospital for congestion issues.
With a uniquely designed nose piece gentle enough for baby, and a suction power that can handle everything from little boogers to stubborn snots and prolonged congestion, it’s a great tool to have handy.
No more accidentally inserting the piece too far in and risk injuring baby, and no more accidentally ingesting baby boogers.
When you need to clean the nosepiece, simply replace the disposable filter and give it a deep clean in the dishwasher if needed.
One of my favorite features of the NozeBot is how easy it makes suctioning — since you only need two fingers to use, it helps free up your extra hand to support baby’s head as you suction.
The device is rechargeable and includes 3 levels of hospital-grade suction to handle a wide range of nasal congestion issues right at home.
Parents will appreciate that the device is not too bulky either, so you can take it with you on the go as needed.
If your child suffers from prolonged congestion or if you simply want to be ready to manage cold season for the first three years of life, the NozeBot is the upgrade you need in your home.
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Ana, a mom to three rambunctious little boys, has supported hundreds of thousands of women throughout their pregnancy and motherhood journey since 2012 as a blogger and maternal health advocate at MommysBundle.com.