Baby Nasal Aspirators

Baby Nasal Aspirators

A baby nasal aspirator is an apparatus you use to generate mild suction which effectively clears their nasal passages so that they can breathe normally again and soothes whatever is causing baby irritations (moisture, Bobby pins, etc.). There are various models, such as bulb nasal aspirators, oral aspirators and electronic aspirators. They all serve the same purpose, which is to clean the nasal passages of any obstructions so that the baby can resume normal breathing. But they all require different methods to clean the nasal cavities. For example, an oral syringe might push fluid or mucous past the obstruction and then suck it back into the lungs.


But in some cases, especially in newborns, the oral or nasal cavities are so congested that there is little that can be done by the syringe alone. This is where baby nasal aspirators come in handy. The first type (bulb) is used for clearing up more persistent and stubborn cases of nasal congestion. Babies with newborns noses that are too sensitive to touch can be treated by this type of nasal irrigation. It has a plastic tube with a bulb at one end. The tip of this tube has a nozzle which draws a warm, suction-enriched fluid through the nose.


Alternatively, baby nasal aspirators can be powered electrically or via battery. And they can be fitted with a battery pack or an air pump. Either way, the electric syringes draw a very small amount of fluid (less than a pea's tooth), which is sufficient to clean the blocked nasal passages. If the baby's nose is blocked by mucus, however, it will take a bit longer to clear the airways - from ten to twenty minutes.


While many babies will outgrow the need for these baby nasal aspirators (which usually come with a five-year warranty), they are useful for chronic problems that don't seem to go away. Babies who have chronic inflammation of their sinuses (croup) is sometimes referred to as "canker babies." And it is not hard to understand why: as chronic inflammation can lead to infections that could ultimately damage the membranes of the sinuses and even cause them to recede (cushions), some babies find relief from their symptoms by using aspirators to clean their sinus passages.


Not all babies develop runny noses and snot when they are sick. Sometimes they develop both, or only one. But when it is a persistent problem, parents will want to try the baby nasal aspirators as a last-ditch effort to lessen the discomfort. Sometimes they work; sometimes they don't. But when they do work, parents get some important relief from a very uncomfortable condition.


The traditional method of treating chronic inflammation of the sinuses is "classic bulb suction-medicine" - injecting the area with a large amount of fluid that forces more water out through the drainage canals into the nose. This is an effective treatment for some people but many babies are simply not candidates for this method, because their immune systems are not strong enough to fight off the effects of the fluid. This often leads to a mild fever and some mild or moderate pains (although the pain usually eases up as the days go by and the lungs become accustomed to the treatment). Because it leaves the babies open to infections - and especially because it can leave them open to serious sinus infections - classic bulb suction-medicines aren't recommended for infants who are mildly ill or who are at high risk for serious complications.


A Baby Nasal Aspirator works in a different way. It pushes a stream of compressed air down into the nostrils through a tube that goes from the top of the nose to the base of the throat. By pushing the air down and forcing it up, the nose is opened and the amount of mucus in the throat is increased. Mucus is usually a good indicator that the body is healing itself but as the mucus increases it can also become a storage area for bacteria. By increasing the amount of mucus the body has available to it fights the bacteria and helps to reduce the discomfort.


While traditional therapy can be uncomfortable for babies, it does have the advantage of being much less invasive and dangerous. Traditional methods such as suctioning involve a needle being inserted into the nose and the tube being pushed down into the throat. This creates a very gentle pressure that can cause bruising of the skin. Baby Nasal Aspirators on the other hand requires no insertion (because there is no needle) and require no suction (because there is no tube). They simply move air up and down into the nose, causing less irritation and making your baby's breathing easier.