by Guest Blogger Maytal Wichman
When you’re a parent, doing gross things that you’ve never imagined you’d be doing comes with the territory. As a mom of two, I’ve had spit-up all over my face and newly-washed hair; I’ve had to pick my kids’ boogers out of their noses; I even had to clean the cat’s poop out of my son’s mouth, only to discover live worms in the poop! (yes, I called both the pediatrician and the vet. They said not to worry).
Therefore, when I received the doctor-developed and doctor recommended NoseFrida, the Snotsucker Nasal Aspirator, I wasn’t afraid or intimidated one bit. My biggest concern was that it won’t work. My children, especially my daughter, tend to have stuffy noses in the winter and I found that sitting in the bathroom for fifteen minutes with the shower running hot water right before my daughter goes to bed helps her tremendously. But it’s so inefficient. And asking my kids to try to blow into the tissue usually gets everything sucked right back in.
I was so relieved to discover that the BPA-free, Phthalate-free NoseFrida not only gets everything out, but it’s also quick, easy and painless. The way you do it, I admit, is kind of weird, but also kind of fun. Even my daughter likes doing it: you put one end on the outside of the other person’s nostril and the other end has a mouthpiece – that’s for you. Now you suck away the snot and watch it fall into the little plastic tube (don’t worry, it won’t get all the way up to you). This morning my 2.5 year old son came running up to me with the NoseFrida and asked me to clean his nose!
Sure, it doesn’t look very sexy to pull snot out of your kids nose by using suction with your mouth, but it actually works! And it beats having to deal with a tired, cranky child sitting in a steamed bathroom at 9pm.
Guest Blogger Maytal Wichman is the owner of Mama’s Healthy Bites and also writes for Long Island Mamas. Maytal has been living in New York City for eleven years. She holds a Bachelor’s Degree in English Literature as well as a Law Degree, but writing about nutrition and helping families eat better is her true passion. She grew up in both California and Israel, which explains her love for California cuisine (fresh, local ingredients), as well as Mediterranean food (flavorful, heart-healthy ingredients). Maytal is a stay-at-home mom to two kids (ages 4 & 2) and works hard to ensure they eat healthy, unprocessed food, while trying to make it as delicious as possible. Married to a vegetarian and being a pescetarian herself, this can be quite a challenge. On an ordinary night at her dinner table, you can hear things like “More cauliflower, please!”, “How come I didn’t get a lot of tomato?” and “Fish oil! Yaaaay!”.