The NoseFrida Snotsucker is no doubt one of the strangest contraptions I purchased while pregnant. It is, quite literally, a snotsucker. It is designed to remove mucus safely and effectively from a small childs nose. The NoseFrida is an alternative to traditional bulb style nasal aspirators.
It works by placing the end of the larger tube up against the childs nostril. You then suck on the red mouthpiece, creating enough suction to remove mucus and relieve stuffy noses. Sounds kinda gross, right? Well, the larger tube is equipped with a disposable filter. Their website says clinical studies show that the filter prevents mucus and bacterial transfer from child to user. In my experience, mucus didn’t even make it anywhere near the filter, and I’m honestly not worried about bacterial transfer when using it on my child anyway. Should mucus ever make it up that far though, the filter will prevent it from getting into the smaller tube.
So why did I decide to buy this odd little gadget? Well, while I was pregnant, I was telling my mother about the NoseFrida and how I wasn’t sure what to think of it. She said “If that baby gets a cold, you won’t care if it seems gross or not, if it can give them some relief, you’ll be glad you have it.”. Momma knows best, because our son recently had his first cold. I was so happy to have the NoseFrida here, and even happier when I saw how well it worked.
My son wasn’t a fan of having it used on him, but who could blame him? NoseFrida recommends using a couple drops of saline solution in each nostril before using the Snotsucker. I didn’t have any saline drops here, but I did have some Aleva Nasal Wipes for children which contained saline, so I found those worked to loosen up the mucus. By placing the NoseFrida against the nostril, it creates a seal (when the baby isn’t wiggling all over the place). Because of the shape, you can’t accidently push it too far into the nose, and they say you can’t suck to hard either. So, thankfully I didn’t have to worry about those things while trying to help my little guy breathe better. I was shocked how much mucus came out when I used this on him. He was instantly able to breathe (and then nurse) easier.
The NoseFrida was easy to clean as well. The large tube just pops off to rinse with soap and water. It’s also top-rack dishwasher safe. Now, I have to fess up – I didn’t change the filter each time I used it. As it turns out, I was sick with the same cold, so I wasn’t worried about bacteria transfer. And like I mentioned earlier, the mucus just stayed in the end of the tube. I did rinse the filter a couple times, and now that we’re both all better, I’ve tossed it.
After surviving our first baby cold, I’m very happy with the NoseFrida. It’s a safe and effective way to help baby breathe and feel better. Who wouldn’t be sold on that?