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I’m a Snotsucker

Monday, March 5th, 2012

It’s official: I’m now in the subculture of parents who suck out the stuff that’s clogging up their kids’ nose.

You may already be aware of a product called NoseFrida–aka The Snotsucker. We’ve written about it in Parents before (most recently in our March issue, because Christina Applegate was raving about it), but I had never tried it myself until last week. I’m a convert.

I have two daughters, ages 6 and 3. I thought I’d use NoseFrida on my 3-year-old, Lila, who has a cold at the moment. She’s also pretty fearless, so I figured she’d have no problem with me putting a small plastic tube in her nostril while I extracted its contents by sucking on a smaller plastic mouthpiece. (Don’t worry! There’s a foam filter that prevents anything from actually getting into your mouth.)

But Lila wanted nothing to do with it. So I asked my intrigued 6-year-old, Julia, to let me demonstrate on her. I thought she would flatly refuse; she’d swatted away that (useless) blue rubber suction bulb ever since she was a newborn. But Julia jumped right on board and we put on quite a show. (I’ll spare you the details.) And this is when I realized that the NoseFrida isn’t just for congested children. You see, Julia is bizarrely unskilled in blowing her nose. I’ve tried for years to teach her, but she can’t seem to pull it off without extreme concentration. Faced with a tissue, her natural instincts seem to be to either inhale through her nostrils, or blow out of her mouth. (Or cry.) It’s been frustrating for both of us, but NoseFrida has changed all that. Clearing out her nose is now a source of amusement. Victory is ours!

Check out NoseFrida in action here. And you can purchase it here. Are you already a snotsucker? Let me know how it works for you!

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