Babies get blocked, snuffly noses a lot and being able to help them breathe easier means better sleep, easier feeding and a happier babe. This is where a baby nasal aspirator (which you might know as a ‘snot sucker’) comes in super handy.
Immature lungs, small airways and the inability to clear mucus themselves make congestion particularly upsetting for little ones. A nasal aspirator is a fuss-free and gentle handheld suction device that hygienically removes mucus caused by colds, making babes (and parents) feel much more comfortable.
In Australia, nose aspirators come in a few different forms, including automatic units that do all the work for you and budget-friendly manual ‘snot suckers’. To help you choose the right product, we’ve listed some of the key points to consider before you buy.
What to look for when buying a nasal aspirator for baby
Type of aspirator – Battery-operated aspirators are simple to use – just pop in baby’s nose, press the button and watch the automatic suction gently extract the mucus into a separate chamber. Manual aspirators usually require a squirt of saline solution to help loosen mucus before either using a bulb aspirator or a one-way tube that is sucked on by a parent.
Noise levels – Electric aspirators are obviously a little noisier than their manual counterparts, so consider this if your child is easily upset by certain noises.
Age restrictions: Not every aspirator is suitable to use from birth, so just check that it is suitable for your baby’s age before you purchase.
Accessories – Some nose aspirators for babies come with spare nozzles of different sizes and other useful accessories like carry cases.
6 best nasal aspirators for clearing blocked noses
To help you in your search for the right product for your baby, we’ve put together a handy list of brands available right here in Australia.
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Here are 6 baby nasal aspirators for clearing congestion:
Snotty Boss Nasal Aspirator comes with strong, scientifically tested suction and a super quiet motor. A complete kit that includes three flexible silicone nozzles, saline spray bottle and carry bag, it has everything parents need to help baby breathe, feed and sleep better.
Created specifically for the needs of newborns, infants and small kids, this rechargeable aspirator has a flexible silicone tip that extracts mucus from nasal passages with a simple one-touch operation. It’s easy to clean, quiet and features two suction levels.
Australia’s original portable battery-operated aspirator, the Snotty Three provides constant suction to extract congestion from baby’s nose in a matter of seconds. Fully waterproof, it comes with a set of batteries and three nozzles.
Nosy is a gentle, manual decongestant aspirator that can be used with or without a saline solution to suck mucus from blocked little noses. It’s dishwasher-safe, BPA-free and comes fitted with a hygiene filter to prevent any bacteria from travelling into parents’ mouths.
Easy to control and simple to clean, the Bubzi Co manual aspirator gently clears stuffy noses in as little as 30 seconds. It has a unique tube that maximises suction, an ultra-soft tip made from hospital-grade silicone and it comes with a handy carry case.
This handy kit is designed especially for little noses and contains a non-medical saline solution and aspirator. Simply spray the solution into baby’s nostril and then remove it along with any mucus using the gentle rubber bulb syringe.
Is a nasal aspirator safe for babies?
Used correctly, nasal aspirators are not only safe but used by medical professionals as an efficient way to clear mucus and help babies breathe easier. Of course, you should always follow the instructions carefully and if in any doubt about its suitability for your child, chat to your doctor first.
When should you use a nasal aspirator?
Use it when baby is congested and having trouble breathing easily through the nose. Many parents suggest using an aspirator before offering milk or meals in order to clear the airways and help little ones feed easier.
How do I clean a nasal aspirator?
Some units can be disassembled and popped in the dishwasher, others will require hand-washing with warm soapy water.
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