Hospital grade nasal suction with the Nozebot is something always wish I had as a NICU RN! The NozeBot offers at home, hospital grade suction for your baby’s nose that’s gentle and effective. Read more about why we love the NozeBot (use code BUMBLEBABY).
As NICU RNs, we use hospital grade wall suction every shift. I always say it, but wall suction was one of the hospital tools that I wish we had at home when my babies or toddlers would get a runny nose.
The simple act of nasal suctioning in the hospital is really NOT that simple at home! Many times, the handheld electric aspirators aren’t strong enough and the manual ones don’t work well enough to get the job done. Plus – am I going to suck those boogers into my mouth!?! (IYKYK).
Did you know that runny noses that aren’t properly suctioned can often lead to ear infections? We battled back to back ear infections for my middle daughter in our house when her nasal secretions weren’t properly drained (which is hard to do all the time – even for an RN!). Holding your squirming baby or toddler down to suction is nearly impossible.
Dr. NozeBest/NozeBot (use code BUMBLEBABY) reached out to me a few months ago and I immediately messaged Lauren and Natalie and our reactions were the same – FINALLY! As NICU RNs, we were so excited to try the Nozebot at home after toying with many different manual and portable nasal aspirators. The Nozebot (use code BUMBLEBABY) is a hospital grade portable suction machine that was designed by a pediatric otolaryngologist (ENT).
This unique design allows you to hold your child’s head while suctioning. The power of the hospital grade suction means less attempts at suctioning and more output – better for both you and the kids. Plus, it’s cordless, portable, and rechargeable. The pieces of the Nozebot (use code BUMBLEBABY) are dishwasher safe (always a plus for me) with disposable filters. Another perk – the NozeBot is HSA/FSA eligible.
When first using the NozeBot, it was evident that the suction truly is unparalleled. The ease of use and effectiveness made my job easier and the kids less frustrated – all with clearer noses. Wondering how we can tackle suctioning a squirmy and strong baby/toddler? Read more below on how we like to suction in the NICU – and tips for suctioning at home as well!
Here is how to nasal suction like a NICU pro (check out our IG reel here):
- Apply saline mist. We prefer the mist over the drops because its much easier and more accurate with wiggly littles. The saline solution loosens up the nasal secretions (boogers) to make it easier to suction everything out. Try to wait about 1 minute (if you can) before suctioning with the NozeBot after using the nasal saline mist.
- Assume the suctioning position! If your baby can still be swaddled, swaddle. If not, lay your little one down on the ground face up. Sit down next to them and place your legs over their shoulders. Use your legs to gently stabilize their head.
- Use the NozeBot – toggle the suction as needed.
- Plug the opposite nare for 1-2 seconds MAX to really get everything out! Switch sides. Repeat up to 3 times to make sure you don’t damage delicate tissue around your baby/child’s nose (this area is sensitive and vascular!).
- Repeat every 2-4 hours as needed!
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