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The Big Bad Booger Sucker

By Naomi Odes |

Nasal Bulb

Behold the Nasty Nasal Bulb

Fuzzball, being the brother of a two-year-old, has gotten sick thrice now, and he’s only 14 weeks old. He has been up the past three nights many a time, since he hasn’t been able to breathe so well.  Since baby cold medication is out, the only real relief I can give him is nursing (hard because he can’t breathe) and a combination of saline drops and the nasal aspirator bulb…a.k.a. The Booger Sucker.

Here’s the thing with the booger sucker: it works…but only if your baby will let you use it on him or her. Fuzz hates this little bulb so much that he will flip his head back and forth so briskly that I end up almost poking him in the eye or face. If I do manage to get a good suck or two out of him, he will protest loudly during and give me a solid Mad Cry afterwards. Sometimes T and I have to do it together: one of us holds his face still and the other sucks the snot. That is fun, let me tell you.

I’ve heard there are other fancier versions of the nasal bulb that work well, but apparently, the babes aren’t always fond of them either. It’s a long wait until the little guy figures out how to blow the boogies out, though. Perhaps they are worth the investment.

Any tips for a stuffed up Fuzzball and his tired Mom?

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Naomi Odes Aytur is a blogger who's contributed on the parenting channel of Babble. She chronicles her experiences of being a new mom on her personal website, I Am Still Awake. Read bio and latest posts → Read Naomi's latest posts →

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17 thoughts on “The Big Bad Booger Sucker

  1. LK says:

    The Nosefrida is one of the best baby inventions ever. I don’t know how I would make it through those awful baby colds without it. It seems kinda gross, but it works amazingly well – those bulb suckers are no match. Totally worth the small investment. There are evidently a lot of people who agree:

  2. LK says:

    Oh, and I forgot to mention that my 10 month old son doesn’t mind it at all – in fact, he thinks its kinda funny.

  3. Danielle says:

    I second the Nosefrida. And, I’m glad to know that there are other 14 week-old babies out there who have been sick that many times. My 15 week old has been congested for a month now…thanks to her big sister. We just got a warm air humidifier that I’m hoping does the trick.

  4. Kali says:

    our little guy was sick as can be his first winter of life because I’m a librarian who works with the elderly and my husband is a public defender. Needless to say though we’re careful colds get past us.

    Jack HATES HATES HATES getting his nose sucked. This thing saves us a lot of hassle, headache and poked eyes. Some people don’t like them because they say the suction is too strong but we love it. And for $20 (you can get it at most target’s and walmarts) you can’t go wrong. Also it sings, which when deployed correctly is a great distraction.

  5. madfoot says:

    My babe hates the Nosefrida, but it’s so much more efficient so at least she only hates us for ten seconds or so.

  6. Maggie says:

    Have you tried eucalyptus oil in a difuser? That helps clear the airways. A humidifier also helps, although I’ve never tried one.

    Good luck!

  7. PlumbLucky says:

    Both of my kids impressed me with the ability to fend off the booger ball at 10 weeks of age. And Babe the Elder? My most effective threat to this day is “…or I’ll stick my finger up your nose”.

  8. Jocelyn says:

    DD HATES all manner of nasal cleaners. Nose Frida works the best though. It’s also nice to know I won’t gouge her eyes out with the pointy end of the bulb sucker, because the Frida is definitely wider. She screams like someone is murdering her, BUT she can breath when I am done. Also, invest in a cool air humidifier. I am so in love with our Sharper Image (from bed, Bath, Beyond…looks like a little R2D2) humidifier, I bought two more and have them in the living room and our bedroom.

    1. Naomi says:

      Will definitely investigate Nosefrida and Graco Nasal sucker thingee. We had a humidifier but then failed to clean it out properly so it is now sitting in our garage awaiting a proper cleaning or a replacement. If I remember correctly, it had a Vick’s insert but perhaps I could just stick some eucalyptus oil in there instead.

  9. Kayla says:

    I don’t do/use anything. I just make sure my 10 month old gets lots of liquids and sleep. I’ve started using a receiving blanket to clean her nose, which she tolerates as long as I get everything in the first wipe.

    Oh and putting the crib at a slight incline definitely helps. Just slide a decent sized book underneath the mattress. The incline should help with his breathing at night when he sleeps.

  10. Momslifesavers says:

    This mucous sucker thingy from the hospital was a HUGE lifesaver! I still have it…I know it’s gross, but I always have to show the thing to new moms to GRAB at the hospital at birth. They use those bulbs just after birth and just leave it there…have hubby grab it! I LOVED having the bulb for my girls. YOU MUST have a moist nasal passage before you use it. Ocean drops were awesome to get the nasal cavity ready to suck the yuckies out. Hope this was helpful!

  11. Laura says:

    I use something similar to Nosefrida…called Hydrasense. Completely natural product. The saline is actually seawater. Dunno if they have it in the US. My LO is resentful at first but once the booger is at…I can swear he there’s a thank you twinkle in his eyes. And even though it’s gross…it is satisfying to get the huge ones out. :-)

    1. Naomi says:

      @Laura- coooool! I’m going to investigate to see if they sell here.

  12. Elissa says:

    My little tiger was all snotty at about four weeks. I used a dropper to squirt breastmilk up his nose, which was working really well to dislodge and clear out the snot. However, one night when we were home alone he was getting quite distressed by how blocked up he was and, because he was thrashing around so much, I was at risk of taking his eye out. So, I put my mouth over his nose and sucked the snot out, which I then spat onto a towel. He looked surprised for a second before immediately settling and going straight to sleep. I’ve used that trick a few times since then and it really works a treat!

  13. Maria L. says:

    NOSEFRIDA is the way to go! So much better than anything else….especially using your own mouth! Got mine at Whole Foods but they have them in lots of places now. If you check their amazon ratings you will be convinced.

  14. rcat says:

    I only know that my 23 yo son is even now pathologically afraid of bobby pins, or as he called them, “boober getters”.

    1. Naomi says:

      @rcat- that is hilarious!!!

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