Not too long ago I was contacted by MomCentral, asking if I'd like to sign up and get involved as a Canadian mommy blogger interested in product reviews, giveaway opportunities, and the like. I thought it sounded like a great idea, so I joined, and I've already found the site to be a great resource for networking and connecting, and have had the opportunity to sample a couple of product lines. So, without further ado, here is my first contribution to a blog tour.
My little guy is 4 now, and he's finally able to properly blow his nose with a tissue. But I clearly remember the struggles we had when he was an infant and toddler, and he'd get so many colds, and his little nose would be full and running and making his face sore, and he simply HATED the aspirator (or "snot sucker" as we so tenderly call it in this house). The tissue never worked to clear him of course. We tried just using saline and wiping, but he didn't like the feel of the solution shooting up into his nose, and it just forced so much mucus to slide back down his throat. Better than not clearing it, but still not comfortable. And the aspirator, although it did a great job if we could pin him down long enough to insert it properly and "suck," clearly caused him discomfort, if not pain. As an infant the screams were terrible, and as a toddler he cried and told us it "felt funny." He DREADED seeing that green bulb coming his way.
Now, I've had the opportunity to meet a brand new solution - the hydraSense Nasal Aspirator. I have to say it looked a little intimidating at first, but when I read about how it works, and saw the video demonstration, it just makes so much sense! Essentially, instead of squeezing a bulb to draw out the mucus, you, the parent, suck through a tube attached to a super soft bulb-y tip, sucking the mucus out. I know, that is so GROSS. But, there is actually a filter in the base of the bulb that blocks the mucus from travelling up the tube to your mouth (thanks for that!) The whole thing comes apart super easy for cleaning, and you use a new filter each time, so it's nice and hygienic. And since you are doing the work with your own breath, you have control of how forceful you need or want to be.
Even though my youngest no longer needs an aspirator, I had planned to try this out on him to get his opinion. But, unbelievably, no one in this house has had a head cold all winter (I''m touching wood now to un-do the jinx). So, sadly, I haven't been able to test this aspirator in a real life setting. I have tested taking it apart and re-assembling it - super easy. And I have tested the suction on my finger. My belief is that this new product is a superior solution to infant nasal congestion. It seems that being able to control the strength of the suction would go a long way to increasing the patient's comfort. I'll be passing my sample aspirator along to my dear friend who is currently pregnant with her third child, so that she can put it into action next cold and flu season.
You can get more information on the hydraSense Nasal Aspirator, as well as see the demonstration video, here: