The NoseFrida is a nasal aspirator which originated in Sweden. It was then introduced to the United States by Kaisa Levine after discovering the device when her 6-week old baby caught a bad cold while visiting family in Sweden. It is endorsed by doctors and moms across the USA.
The NoseFrida has 3 main components to it: the nozzle (measuring 5 inches), the filter and a long tube that starts with a cap where the nozzle snaps into and where the filter is placed, ending in a mouthpiece (measuring 15 inches long). The NoseFrida is BPA free and contains no phthalates.
Upon opening the NoseFrida case (which has SUCH a cute graphic on it), you will find the nozzle, tube with mouthpiece and cap and four filters. Detach the NoseFrida from the case and pull apart the nozzle and tube. Place the filter in the cap of the long tube and then push the wide end of the nozzle into the cap of the tube and you’re ready to use it.
Using the device is easy. Place the end of the nozzle (which looks like a crayon) against your child’s nostril and the mouthpiece in your mouth and suck until you get the boogers out of your child’s nostril. Repeat on the other side. To help loosen the mucus, you may want to place a couple drops of saline in each nostril.
Clean-up is even easier! Detach the nozzle from the tube and rinse with warm water and soap and let it air dry. The NoseFrida website recommends that you switch out the filter after every use, but the filter’s never come in contact with the mucus I’ve cleared out (but, shh, don’t tell!). Then just replace the device back in its case for the next time you need it!
I discovered the NoseFrida while searching for a better nasal aspirator for my child when I kept hearing mucus-y sounds coming from his nose and finally got fed up in the middle of the night trying to use several bulb aspirators to no avail. I was grossed out (so was my family) by the NoseFrida at first, because you’re indirectly sucking your own child’s boogers out of his nose. But I liked that 1) I can control the suction (you don’t know if the electronic ones have too much suction or too little), 2) that it never entered his nose (so you won’t risk accidentally poking too deep) and 3) that I could see the mucus coming out so I knew if I was effective in clearing his nose. Plus, with other aspirators I looked at, I didn’t think I could get them as clean as the NoseFrida. Ever felt like there were still some boogers left in your bulb aspirator? I did!
My son doesn’t mind me using the NoseFrida at all (of course, at first he would cry about it, but then he realized that it was helping him breathe better). In fact, he laughs now whenever I need to suction his nose! So, if you’re feeling a little brave and aren’t too grossed out, try the NoseFrida!
For more information on the NoseFrida, visit their website at http://www.nosefrida.com/
- Contributed by Ann