Product Review: Nosefrida The Snotsucker
Posted March 18, 2014on:
For several years now, Hubby and I relied on that green bulb to suck the snot out of a congested M. I’ve seen the various articles and photos of what was actually inside one of those bulbs, but just never knew of any alternative.
Considering I have a background in bacteriology, you would think that I would have gotten rid of that bulb ages ago. It just worked so well for us that I shrugged it off.
As M got older, nostrils got bigger and that bulb just wasn’t working as well.
Basically, the red piece goes in your mouth, the blue piece goes into M’s nose, and you suck.
It’s gross. The idea of using this item as some sort of straw for my child’s snot is disgusting. Thoughts of unintentionally ingesting mucus would fill my mind before I even attempted to use this. Hubby already made it very clear that he wasn’t going to use it.
So I “man’d up” and just did it. I had heard so many great things about this that I just had to do it. Other mothers were assuring me there was no snot eating, and it was very effective.
There is a sponge filter at the top of the blue piece where the tubing connects. That is easily removed and cleaned as needed. The package comes with two of those filters and more replacement filters are available for purchase.
It’s definitely NOT as gross as I thought. The mucus never really gets past the tip of the apparatus and it’s very effective. The trick is to find that perfect amout of “sucking pressure” for lack of a better term. If you suck too hard, your toddler will get very uncomfortable. If you don’t suck enough, nothing will come out.
I find the gross part (for me) is the condensation that accumulates in the tube as I’m sucking in the snot and blowing it out into a tissue. I am not a fan of accidentally sucking back in my own condensate. Luckily, it doesn’t really happen, but it does gross me out.
Cleaning the blue piece and the sponge filter is easy. Run it under warm water with a little soap and air dry. Cleaning and drying the clear tubing is a little challenging. Lying the tubing flat to air dry didn’t really allow the water that collected inside to dry out completely within a day. We had to figure out a way to set it vertically in order for that excess water to drain for me to use it again.
Overall, I’m very happy with this snotsucker. It’s a more sanitary method of aspirating without the mystery of what’s growing inside. Everything is safe to clean and it’s really not as gross as it sounds.
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