The HydraSense nasal aspirator is something that I use daily (if not, every other day) with my baby.
Chichi tends to get quite a bit of mucous build up, and it causes her to have difficulty breathing properly. Babies don’t know how to blow their own noses, so they count on you to clean out their noses for them. Once the mucus builds up, the baby will have trouble breastfeeding, sleeping, and will just be more fussy than usual. If the mucus runs down the back of their throat, sometimes they will choke or gag.
Initially, I bought a nasal bulb syringe for Chichi to use. After a couple days of trying to suck out a large piece of just-out-of-reach snot, I gave up.
The HydraSense nasal aspirator is a significant price jump from a simple bulb syringe. The kit runs about $20, and it comes with 1 reusable nasal aspirator, 5 Easydose saline vials, and 5 filters.
It takes me about 1 minute to set up to aspirator, and another 2 minutes to suck out the mucous. In a total of about 3 minutes, my baby is snot/mucous free, and breathing happy again.
To set up the aspirator:
1. Before first use, rinse out all the parts with hot water and let dry thoroughly. Do not boil or sterilize. If you use before the water is completely dry, you will have water in the breathing tube and you won’t be able to suck very well.
2. Disassemble all the parts. You will see 3 parts like so
3. Place one filter into the part with the mouth piece, on the opposite end
4. Screw on the middle piece, and then finally the rubber nose piece. Now, it’s assembled!
To use the aspirator, I would recommend grabbing a piece of tissue to have nearby. Most of the mucous will get sucked into the nose chamber, but some will be hanging out and you will want to have a piece of tissue to wipe it away.
Place your baby on a comfortable flat surface where they cannot squirm away or fall.
Place the tip of the aspirator at the entrance of your baby’s nostril, the mouth piece in your mouth, and gently inhale.
You will feel a blockage when you inhale. As more mucous comes out, you will be able to inhale more freely. Repeat in the other nostril. I think you will be quite surprised at the amount of mucous that comes out.
Squeeze some saline solution onto a clean tissue, and wipe away any excess mucous from your baby’s nose.
Unscrew all the pieces, throw away the filter, and rinse out with hot water. Mission accomplished!
You can also use the saline vials to soften the mucous prior to using the aspirator. This will make the mucous more runny, and easier to come out. Just twist open the top, and use 1-2 drops in each nostril prior to using your aspirator.
The saline vials and filters can be purchased separately.
What I love about the Hydrasense nasal aspirator
- It works!
- I can take apart all the pieces for easy cleaning. This is especially important to a paranoid mama, because I know there’s nothing nasty growing inside.
- The saline vials are one time use, and preservative free. Again, I love this too because it’s more hygienic.
- It’s safe for newborns and up.
The kit will cost about $20, the filters $5, and the saline is about $15. If you sign up for the Dolphin Club on http://www.hydrasense.ca, you will have unlimited access to the coupons. This will give you $4.00 off the kit, $0.50 off the filter, and $2.50 off the saline.
I personally cannot live without this item, and my baby is much happier she can breath snot free again.
Disclosure: none. Not paid, not sponsored, 100% honest truth by a paranoid mom!