Tuesday, December 28, 2010

A Product Recommendation: Nosefrida

I have a thing about snot. It just plain grosses me out, especially when it is green. I know that snot serves a very good purpose as part of our immune system, but it's still icky. So I was very concerned, when I became a mother, to realize that I would very likely be dealing with snot on a more personal basis than I was used to. In this part of the world, allergies are extremely common, and as we all know, children are the incubators for a host of odd viruses and bacteria the likes of which make the CDC throw up their collective hands in despair.

Zane has been no different from any other child, particularly since he began daycare. (Mad props to the daycare personnel--I see them wiping down everything in sight on a daily basis in their losing efforts to stem the tide) My son is a booger factory. Unfortunately for him, his snot seems to want to stay in his nose and mutate rather than exit, so Zane becomes congested and has trouble breathing. This scares the bejebus out of me.

It is extremely impossible to explain to a baby or toddler or three year old how to blow their nose. Even if you use pictures, most of them will not comprehend the idea of blowing air through their nose into a tissue. I don't know what the magical age is for a child to figure this out, but it's not the age my son is. So my husband and I generally have to either wait for the green worms to start oozing out of Zane's nose, or we have to go in after the bastards. We initially tried one of those bulb aspirators, but those just did not work well for Zane; his mutating boogers would laugh and taunt us in our efforts. We tried spraying saline up there to rinse the evil snot out, but this was not successful, either, mostly because little kids just are not thrilled about having stuff sprayed up their nose. Plus, I am pretty sure that the mutated snot in my son's nose can swim.

Finally, we found the Nosefrida. Essentially, this device is a straw that you place at the entrance to your child's nostril. You then use your own lung power to suction the snot out of there like a vacuum. For those of you, like me, who are squeamish about snot, there is no danger of the parent breathing in any of their child's snot. (whew!) No, the straw is attached to a long tube which is what the parent puts in their mouth. There are filters also involved as an additional barrier against snot.

The Nosefrida has been a godsend. It has done the very best job in pulling the snot out in the least painful way possible. We tell Zane that we are going to vacuum out his nose, and most of the time he is okay with it because it tickles a bit. We use it every night and occasionally during the day as well when he is sick. Zane is breathing better and sleeping better and best of all, doesn't have to take any yucky medicine. And it's not expensive, it's easy to clean, and it is just plain wonderful. So I am recommending this product to all parents who have snotty children. Buy it especially if your child has the industrial weight snot like my kid.

Nosefrida Nasal Aspirator with addtional 20 Hygiene Filters

**Nobody paid me anything to recommend this product; nobody gave me a free one of these, because that would be very strange indeed. This recommendation is based on my experiences with the product and my general fear of snot.


  1. Ok, I KNOW you said there was no chance of it entering my mouth....but I have a huge fear of that, so I would probably still be afraid to use it. Sorry, but I'm being honest here!

  2. I have got to get me one of those for the little lady. She is a boogie head.


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