Nasal congestion is one of the worst feelings ever! Whether it's yourself, your husband, or, especially your kids, it is absolutely no fun. We've been dealing with a lot of congestion lately. My husband is blowing his nose nonstop, my 5 year old tries her best but mostly just whines about it, and we were using a bulb sucker (I've referred to them as Snufflupagus since I was a toddler) on the baby.
As mentioned in many of my reviews, we live in the middle of the dry Mojave Desert. Both my husband and my older daughter, Hailey, have been suffering from nosebleeds often.
One night, when my infant was having trouble breathing and nursing at the same time, we pulled out the bulb. After a few squeezes, nothing came out. We did one more, and blood was now coming out! Obviously, that was enough of that. We've tried humidifiers, steaming up in the bathroom, but nothing seemed to work all that well.
I had a few people recommend a product that includes a straw (and filter) to suck the gunk out of the baby’s nose…using your mouth! My husband basically vomited when I suggested that.
CLEARinse Nasal Cleaning System. It seemed easy enough, so I was excited to give it a try. I watched a video online with my daughter, who agreed to let me try it on her once it arrived. The kids in the video looked completely unphased by this procedure. For days, she kept saying she couldn’t wait for it to get here!
Naturally, after all of Hailey’s excitement, she was the first I wanted to try it on. We stuck the opening just inside one of her nostrils, and it fit nice and snug. Then we pushed the button to shoot the saline upward. Her reaction was kind of priceless.
Then, sticking the head in the opposite nostril as instructed, we began the irrigation, plugging and unplugging free nostril. She HATED it. However, it worked. We just wont ever be close enough to her again to do it again! When cleaning the head, you could see the muck it collected, proving that it did get some stuff out. She did admit that she felt much better after.
The system includes 2 heads, and 10 saline vials. It does say each person should have their own cleaning head, although with 4 of us we opted to just leave the baby her own, and share the other. For $19.99 for a pack of 2, we will likely buy more in the future.
My husband was both excited and apprehensive about trying. He has used many different rinsing solutions, but never anything that irrigated. Although the website only shows small children using it, I confirmed with them that everyone over the age of 2 months is cleared for use. His nostrils are obviously a bit bigger than a child’s, so it was a little harder for him to get a good cover on the wash head. Once over that hurdle, it worked well for him as well. He agreed with our oldest that it was certainly a weird sensation, but he has gone on to use it again a few times.
I waited until really needed to try this on my baby. I was nervous of scaring her, or choking her with the saline. When the time came, it took two of us- one to work the machine, and the other to hold her arms away and open and close opposite nostril. However, again, as much as doing it stunk, it really worked! We’ve used it numerous times on her and she screams at the top of her lungs, but is calm as soon as we are done. For that, I know we aren’t hurting her, just freaking her out a little bit. A necessary evil, we believe.
I don’t tend to have the same nasal issues as the rest of my family, but who am I to properly review something without first hand experience? So I went for it. What I was really afraid of was the saline draining down my throat, as various methods have caused before. I find that to be one of the worst sensations. With this, you aren’t sucking the saline in, you are shooting it in and immediately sucking it right back out, so I honestly didn’t get that terrible sensation! I would use this again if I needed to.
We did end up having to buy more saline pretty soon. You can purchase ampoules from them for in 20 or 50 count boxes, for $9.99, and $24.99. We opted to just buy a bottle and measure it into an oral syringe to load into the wash head.
The CLEARinse Nasal Cleansing System, which includes the device, a charging port, 10 saline ampoules, 2 wash heads, and instructions, retails for $129.99 on their website and is available on Amazon for $119.99.
I really would recommend this to houses with small children. They may not like you in that moment, but it certainly performs its task well!
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