Review Part 1: NoseFrida Nasal Aspirator for Babies

Update: Don’t miss part 2 of this review written a year later, tested on my 1-month-old son.

Here is a product every new parent should own. It’s the NoseFrida nasal aspirator.

I wish I had the NoseFrida on the nights when my infant daughter had a stuffy
nose due to teething or ear infections. We resorted to using an old
fashioned bulb nasal aspirator so that she might sleep soundly. The bulb made her scream like a
banshee while inefficiently requiring too many attempts at extraction. NoseFrida looks to be precisely the type of device to extricate mucous as quickly as possible.

Sure, it looks weird to our uncultured American eyes, or at least mine. I lampooned a Japanese version here last month.

Marketing photo of a mother using a NoseFrida on her baby.

Then Liz, an overseas parent, slapped me with cold, hard common sense.

“In France, this is a very common item which can be bought in any drugstore. Every household probably has one in their medicine cabinet. The electric ones are also sold here, but the general consensus is that the aspiration is too strong and the noise is scary for a little baby. With the ‘manual’ one you can inhale gently.” The French aspirator is called Mouche Bébé, or “the baby nose-blower.”

NoseFrida is a Swedish import. The name means “nose relief.” It consists of a 5-inch-long cigar-shaped plastic collection chamber connected to a 15-inch flexible tube. The “cigar” is placed close to the nostril opening, not actually inside the nose. Then you suck through a mouthpiece on the other end of the tube with as little force as needed.

A foam filter prevents mucous from entering the tube. It seems like a preventative measure for keeping the tube clean. If mucous actually entered the tube I think you would have plenty of time to notice and stop the suction. Just the same, the NoseFrida web site states the device came out clean in a bacteriological evaluation conducted by the Dept. of Paediatrics and the Dept. of Microbiology at Malmo University Hospital, Sweden.

My 2.6-year-old daughter can blow her own nose these days, so I tested NoseFrida on my wife, who is perpetually battling allergies. Yes, this was in direct violation of the product’s instructions which state the aspirator should only be used on baby and children’s noses.

My wife’s reaction: “Surprising! It feels like when the dentist has you close your mouth around the water-sucker-thing to suck your excess saliva out.”

Truth be told, there was a good 10 seconds of giggling as I put the device to her nose. She ripped NoseFrida away 2 seconds later, just as I heard a wall of goo being dragged kicking and screaming at a 100 miles per hour from the recesses of her nasal passage. It worked fast.

The product instructions advise cleaning NoseFrida between uses with soap and warm water, and replacing the foam filter. It ships in the U.S. with 4 filters and a carrying case for $15 (plus $4 shipping) and extra 20 filter packs are available for $2.50 each (shipping included).

I’ll keep NoseFrida in mind for the next baby shower I attend. It’s sure to stand out among the usual pile of baby clothes, and the parents will be calling to thank me after their first big snotty night.

Sold through NoseFrida USA.

Close-up photo of the NoseFrida in the palm of my hand.

Close-up photo of the NoseFrida inside its carrying case.

A NoseFrida was provided to Thingamababy for review, a pretty gutsy move considering my first reaction to suction nasal aspirators.

Update: Don’t miss part 2 of this review written a year later, tested on my 1-month-old son.


9 Responses to “Review Part 1: NoseFrida Nasal Aspirator for Babies”

  1. Jane says:

    Nosefrida arrived just a few days after I ordered it, and my wife and I used it on our 18 month old daughter the same night. We couldn’t believe how much mucous came out! Our daughter didn’t even have a chance to protest, it was quick and effective. Our pediatrician advised us not to use the bulb syringe, so we are happy to have found an alternative. It comes with a few filters in the package, but I would recommend ordering some extra.

    February 7th, 2007 at 7:47 am

  2. Ginger Byrnes says:

    Nosefrida really works great. I have used it on my one month old baby girl and aslo on my 2 year old!The results are immediate, they don’t love it but they don’t have time to fight it because it’s so quick! Gets everything out pretty much on the first try. I would recommend ordering extra filters right away, especially if you have more than one child…. Delivery was fast which was great for me.

    February 7th, 2007 at 2:01 pm

  3. florence says:

    This is a great product. Delivery was fast and when I had a question the people at Nosefrida got back to me right away with an answer. Thanks for recommending this really good aspirator.

    February 23rd, 2007 at 10:50 am

  4. Sandy says:

    I have 6 month, 3 year old, and 7 year old. Wow do I wish I had this starting with the first one. My 2 older ones have chronic sinus infections. It is so easy to use. Much easier than the bulbs. I purchased one to try. Then bought 4 more. I bought them for baby shower gifts. Excellent product. Well worth the money. Inexpensive and works. I read the reviews on battery operated ones. They were not worth the money to purchase it. Thank you for introducing USA (GOD BLESS OUR MEN AND WOMEN) to NOSEFRIDA. Avon Products:

    April 13th, 2007 at 10:41 am

  5. Brenda says:

    To those that already bought the NoseFrida, do you really replace the filter after every use? I just wanted to get an idea as to how many filters I should order. Thanks in advanced.

    April 21st, 2007 at 9:22 pm

  6. hill says:

    Just something to keep in mind re: the foam filter… It’s supposedly there for safety (i.e. prevent you from overdoing it) but we’ve found that it actually makes it *harder* for us to gauge just how hard you’re sucking. Thus we use it without filter, all the better to adjust the aspiration.

    Now our only solution to the wriggly baby problem that makes it hard to use the product has been to wrap her in a towel. Barring a straitjacket, any other ideas to make the mucous removal session a little easier??

    November 15th, 2007 at 1:49 pm

  7. Chris B says:

    Our daughter had a stuck mucous plug in the back of her throat when she was young that had to be removed at hospital, and she was thus quite traumatised by our unsuccessful attempts to remove the mucous with the bulb. The fact that we were having nervous breakdowns at the time I’m sure didn’t help matters in the least.

    I tried the Nosefrida today and she was actually amused! She’s not sick, but I got a few boogers out anyway, and all she wanted to do was play with it. Not the scream-fest that happens when we get out the bulb aspirator. I’m a convert!

    February 10th, 2008 at 11:39 am

  8. katarzyna says:

    The best baby product ever!!!! I just love it!

    November 1st, 2008 at 7:38 pm

  9. Joey says:

    I was wondering if what type of bulb you all used. The ones that you buy at the store aren’t worth crap. But the ones that they give at the hospital are pretty good. I tried a similar product to the nose frieda and found it very unsatisfactory. The suction wasn’t good at all. Then the baby just started playing with the tube making it ten times harder than the bulb. Just for comparison sake… I now use the Davol bulb. Does anyone have any comparison story to that type of bulb? Just interested.

    April 13th, 2009 at 7:46 pm