So Lil’ G-Man had his first day at daycare the other day. He received a “great” on his report card and I was proud of my wife for not crying as we dropped him off for her first 8 hour stretch away from him.
And of course he came down with a cold the next day. We know that all baby’s get sick at daycare. It is just part of being in a new environment with other little ones that drool over everything that they come into contact with. I just did not think he would get sick after his very first friggin’ day!
I felt so bad for Lower Case G. Fortunately no fever, but all stuffed up, sneezing, coughing and making these sad little whimpery type sounds….
Obviously, at only 4 months old, NyQuil, Allegra Decongestant and even Grandpa’s Cough Syrup are all options that are off the table. My wife told me that there is a magical product called a “NoseFrida” that “everybody swears by” that I should run out and get.
So, with 20% off coupon in hand, off to superstore Buy Buy Baby I went. (Quick Geeky Daddy Hack: Always keep a set of Buy Buy Baby coupons in the car as well as the diaper bag so you are always prepared. If you are like me, then you get a new one in the mail like every 3rd day…)
I purchased the NoseFrida and a box of hygiene filters and sped back to the manor like the superhero I thought I was. Once home, we unpackaged the product, grabbed our stuffed-up bundle of joy and my wife said “Are you going to suck the snot out or should I?”
With a dumbfounded look on my face, I responded, as composed and evenly as I could, “What the heck are you talking about!?!”
Once the shock wore off and I examined the package in my hand, I realized what I had gotten myself into. The way the NoseFrida works is ingenious yet fairly simply at the same time. Much like an invention Richard Dean Anderson would come up with on a Macgyver re-run.
The tapered end of a plastic tube rest against the baby’s nostril and the opposite end has a bendable straw attached that the adult sucks on. A filter separates the two ends preventing any baby snot from finding it’s way into the adult’s mouth.
If you think the thought of this process sounds disgusting, that is simply because the thought of it is.
However, my little mini-me was uncomfortable and in distress so daddy needs to man up and be the best darn “snotsucker” I could be. Neither Lil’ G-Man or myself enjoyed the process but the honest answer is….this product is a winner!
Literally within a few seconds we had both his nostrils clear! He was breathing clearly for the next couple hours, much happier and able to latch and feed perfectly. We did need to repeat the process about every 4 hours or so, but I was honestly extremely impressed with the results. You do want to do a shot of saline spray in each nostril and it is not easy. You do need to suck on the straw pretty hard.
It is very important to replace the hygiene filters with each use (the product is pre-packaged with 4). You want to make sure that filter is working like the security of a high priced celebrity VIP club and not like the security working the TSA line at Metro Airport. (i.e. very porous)
My recommendation to you is don’t wait till your baby is sick to pick up a NoseFrida. It is an inexpensive remedy that is easy to store in a small medicine cabinet with no shelf life concerns to worry about.
You can click the link below to have a NoseFrida with 20 additional filters shipped directly from Amazon.