Tuesday, March 9, 2010

WFMW: How to Suck Snot Out of a Baby's Nose

It took me years and several babies to learn these skillz.

And now, I share the wisdom, with you, my sisters (with the help of my production assistant, GG):



A modified technique works for eyedrops and ear cleaning.

More Works for Me Wednesday here.
Most of which involve no body fluids at all.

40 comments:

  1. 'round these parts (my house only, I think) we prefer to call it a NOSE VACUUM.

    I am laughing so hard. Of all the beautiful moments captured on video throughout a child's life, I'll bet that is one that gets neglected. Ike will be so glad that you documented that. You're a stitch!!!!

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  2. Ha! Loved this! Loved that you are so happy and cheerful through the whole thing, while the little guy is protesting. Cracked me up. I will remember the technique the next time we have snotty noses in the house!

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  3. Love it. You way is much more humane than mine, I pin his arms to his side with my knees (pretty much just crouching on top of him, don't worry, no weight on him) and hold his head down with my forearm so that I can use that hand to hold the side of the nose not getting sucked closed. I find it creates a better suction. I will absolutley be trying this out next time! Thanks Pro Momma!

    (and we call it a nose sucker too)

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  4. You need a NoseFrida!! It's disgusting because you suck through a tube, but it does have a filter so you don't suck up the snot. It is so, so much more effective than the bulb syringe! We never could get much out with the bulb syringe and the baby would cry and wiggle away while the syringe was in the nose. The NoseFrida doesn't go far in the nose, so no pokes, and it really gets the snot out by using the suction you create.

    I did gag the first time I used it, but it works so well that I give it to everyone at baby showers now!

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  5. You need a NoseFrida!! It's disgusting because you suck through a tube, but it does have a filter so you don't suck up the snot. It is so, so much more effective than the bulb syringe! We never could get much out with the bulb syringe and the baby would cry and wiggle away while the syringe was in the nose. The NoseFrida doesn't go far in the nose, so no pokes, and it really gets the snot out by using the suction you create.

    I did gag the first time I used it, but it works so well that I give it to everyone at baby showers now!

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  6. believe it or not I'm gonna HAVE to share this with my hubby. He does most of the snot bulb duties around our house, so I am sure he will appreciate the tip.

    you crack me up precious friend. you crack me up.

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  7. Oh this is great! I'm subscribing to see what you do next :) Thanks for sharing!

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  8. Crackin up! Try holding the one nostril down while you do the other and you will be amazed at the amount of snot you can get in one suck:)

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  9. Loved this... this was such a battle with the kids when they were smaller... they will cry even now if they see that thing.

    A good tip... if you want to get more out at one time (so you have to do it for less time) - hold the nostril that you are not sucking closed

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  10. Oh yeah I've been using that technique for 9 years now! I love how the sirens come when he starts crying like they are coming to get you, hahaha.

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  11. I especially loved the effect of the siren in the background!

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  12. BTW, have you ever read your kids the book Snot Stew? It's darling!

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  13. LOVE this video! One for the wedding montage for sure. Hysterical. Now I need to do my babies, thanks for the reminder.

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  14. What would we do without you? :) Haha!

    I've not yet mastered snot sucking, although after learning 'the hold' I think that I may become a pro.

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  15. I saw a comedian one time talk about using a "snot sucker" to ward off home intruders. It was hysterical!

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  16. I do this, but just the opposite way... with the child's head by my croch they can't move at all!!!

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  17. nosefrida is the way to go! works for us!

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  18. I was actually wondering if I was using my "snot sucker" correctly the other day. Wish I had seen this video to know how to hold my little one still. Thanks! :) - Michelle

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  19. Thanks for this video! It is nice to know that I am not the only one who has these issues. My daughter does the exact same thing when I try to suction her nose and I always feel so bad. Now I don't need to! Thanks!

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  20. Oh my gracious! That TOTALLY cracked me up, LOLOLOL... It's been 20+ years since I've had to do the "snot suck", LOL...
    I might have to share this with my pregnant friends, LOLOLOL

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  21. @ thesavequarter:
    Thank you for the recommendation of NoseFrida! I immediately looked it up, pored over the website, and promptly ordered one! It is so frustrating to me when I can hear the snot up there in their little noses and they don't have the ability to blow it out. I am hoping NoseFrida (the snotsucker!) will help because my kiddos HATE the bulb syringe!!!

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  22. Loved the siren sound going off which just added to the drama of you holding that sweet child down. your video made me laugh and I will give this a try next time mr. or miss. snotty comes to our home.

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  23. That was GREAT!!!

    http://coffeewithme.com

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  24. I loved it! I was cracking up the whole time!! It's a great tip to show but I never would have thought anyone would show that for WFMW. Very unique!

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  25. Thank goodness someone posted this!! My hubby always said I was torturing our child. But Mamma knows best!! I always used a similar technique, but the child is backwards....head between my knees, arms under the bends of my knees. That bulb syringe you have is what I used on infants, but I got a different one that's has a larger clear thingy on the end (you can see the snot suck up into it) and it creates a seal around the nostril while I close the other nostril....and it works even better!!

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  26. Hysterical! I worked in labor and delivery for years...have used a bulb syringe a million times and this is by far my favorite technique. I'm totally trying this out on Joel next time! Who knows, maybe Thai people do this all the time and he'll be like, "hey lady, what the hockey took you so long?"

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  27. For new moms - take the "Snot Sucker" home with you from the hospital after having baby. The hospital ones work best!!!

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  28. Where did your post about the t-shirts go?? I was going to Stumble it and pimp it on Twitter!!!

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  29. that was great, i got a good laugh. i have used a similar technique. except the baby's head goes up (like between my upper thighs, and their arms go under my thighs and my ancles go over their ankles... ) it keeps their head in place... LOL - poor little boys, and they always scream too, but that is how they get sailine drops up their nose too.

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  30. My mama taught me that! My husband thinks it's just plain mean though. I employ it when he's at work and let him try to convince the children to let him do whatever dirty deed needs to be done if he's at home. That usually goes over well...

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  31. I am laughing so hard right now. I thought, she is holding that poor boy down at the beginning!! ;) I love how the siren keeps going off as if to say this is an emergency, someone get over here and help me!! I haven't seen you in over a month, Missy withdrawals!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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  32. I could NOT stop laughing! So much so that my pregnant belly is now forcing me to go relieve my bladder or end up with a puddle on my soft bedding...
    Hilarious. And informative. Next time this situation arises, I'm tryin' it. Thanks. Too much fun.

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  33. Similar method used here too! I hold the oposite nostril closed for better suction. I really think keeping their nose clean like that helps prevent sinus infections. Also, when they get older you can teach them to blow and when they resist you say, "OK, then I will have to get the nose sucker!"

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  34. HA!
    Yep, the NoseFrida is awesome, as is our Graco battery powered nasal aspirator available at Walgreens! SO fast and it play music, too, giving me a few seconds to distract Neil before he catches on to what I'm doing! Woohoo.

    If not, pinning your kid down with your thighs always works, too!

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  35. You are a genius! Thanks for the hot tip! :)

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  36. Hilarious! You forgot to mention the part where you have to ignore the screams and just smile. Of course, you demonstrated that part beautifully! ;)

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  37. This short video is going to change our lives! Since we are going on month 2 of snot/sinus infection/ear infection this video could not come at a better time.

    It made me LAUGH!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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  38. I use the exact same blue nasal aspirator (snot sucker) that was used on the video. I bought mine from

    www.InfantNasalAspirator.com

    Thanks for the great video!

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