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Old 26.12.2011, 13:30
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The 'delicate' bit is the delicate bit. Lil Mud turned into an octopus when trying to drain her nose; with her the one with the tube you suck on was easiest as you didn't have to try to squeeze and release the bulb at the right time while maintaining contact with the nostril/closing the other/ holding her head still/ incapacitating arms and legs .
Oooh yes, my little one also sprouts additional arms when I try to clean her nose!

Actually, physiotherapists seriously advise AGAINST using one of those mouche bebe, as they irritate the nose, thus making the symptoms worse. They can even lead to serious sinus infection. Our pediatrician is dead against them too.

The most effective way of cleaning a baby's nose is with saline drops. Either the spray bottle, or the tiny mono dose. The idea is to turn baby's head to one side, squirt about half the monodose in their nose, and them sit them up while they swallow the content of their dirty nose. Then repeat on the other side. to be repeated several times a day, and before each meal.

This is perfect in theory, but when fighting with an octopus it's another story, of course.

Otherwise, cutting an onion into two and placing the halves close to baby's bed at night will help them breath better.
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Old 26.12.2011, 13:42
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I would up my dose of vits when sucking the snots out, since one still inhales the sick vapors.
It's good to be an optimist but from germy children there is no escape. No escape.

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Old 26.12.2011, 16:04
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Re: Snot clearing machine!

Hi there

Know your problem only to well. The nose by the small ones gets clogged so fast and it is a parents nightmare staying up the whole night trying to help them get a little bit of air. We also tried the balloon pump thing - what a waste and mess!!

Nasenschleimentferner!! http://www.chicco.de/ProdottiChicco/...0/Default.aspx

There is one from Chicco that you get actually easy in pharmacy or in a baby store. Believe me that it works and you get the big boogies also out. Take yourself a bit of time, your partner with for an extra pair of arms and some salt solution. Lay the little on down (not on the bed as there is too much space to "escape") easy on the changing cupboard. A soft tissue or wet wipe should be close!! (bad boogies make slimy strings!!) In each nose hole drop 1 - 2 drops solution in and wait a bit. So long let the little one lay down so that it goes to the back and not run straight out. Ask your partner to hold the little ones hands above its head (prevents him/her moving the head to the side"). Lean over the baby as far as you can so that the feet are under your armpits and away from your face. A kick with feet is painful and does not help the already stressed nerves. Careful suck once and then clean any goo away. Mostly after two sucks you are down and the next hole is ready. When finished put one more drop in each nose and a bit of vaseline around the nose to stop it from drying out and hurting. Mostly we only had to do her nose before going to bed and then we had piece and quiet.

There is also a baby cream called Pulmex that you can cream in and it helps keep the airways clear. Make sure you get the baby one though as there is also an adult product!! After two days our little one is much better and the worst is over with.

Peaceful night wishes and get well soon.
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Re: Snot clearing machine!

If only the kicking and general thrashing was enough! Mine also has to wail like a banshee, which means that by the time I'm done cleaning her nose she's been crying so much she's all snotty again...

But then, miracles do happen: my son LOVES the taste of saline drops, and he thoroughly enjoys it when I clean his nose...

PS: I second the advice about Pulmex baby. Rubbed on the chest and/or the bed/pillowcase it works wonders (only for babies older than 6 mo)
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Re: Snot clearing machine!

Just to quickly add for future reference:

The name of what you are looking for in English is an aspirator.
Der Aspirator auf Deutsch. Asirateur in French.

Gute Besserung to the little one.
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I've seen it done a few times, and it does seem really barbaric. Agree with the saline drops, steam (boil a kettle in the room for a while or damp towels on radiators) and eucaliptus capsules.
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Re: Snot clearing machine!

eucalyptus is great i put my son on my back while im ironing and put eucalyptus in the ironing water only a couple of drops and he drops straight off to sleep from the steam and the snuggliness. so happy me as housework done and happy baby as gets some sleep.

Hot steamy shower, baby vicks and not sure if they sell them in CH but the vapour plug ins were great too. Keep baby raised, tilt cot, basket helps also.

Hope your bubba feels better soon
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