Friday, November 21st, 2008
Suck It Up: Baby Nose Vacuums
Behold the Orrszivo Porszivo, or as we say in the States, the Arianna Baby-Vac. It’s the Hungarian nasal aspirator that’s sweeping vacuuming the nation.
Bulb aspirators are the defacto standard in America today, slow and inefficient at emptying mucous-filled baby noses.
More practical and effective methods are slowly taking hold. There’s the Swedish Nosefrida snot sucker you power with your mouth (we use it in our home) and the BebeSounds Nasal Clear that sucks with battery power.
The Arianna Baby-Vac takes a different approach. You hook the fat end to your floor vacuum’s hose and insert the thin end into your child’s nose, and the snot just flies out into a collection chamber.
Sound scary? Rest assured, it’s been tested by Universitat Ulm Klink. If Hogan’s Heroes stands behind it, it’s legit.
My kids wail when using our Nosefrida with meager lung power, so I’d think a vacuum’s awesome sucking power coupled with its loud operation would cause spontaneous bladder evacuation in toddlers. Oh, but I’d be wrong. Take a look at these freaky videos.
As seen on TV:
And another one so we know it’s not a fluke:
I learned about this little wonder from a family at my daughter’s preschool. The mother only had the nasal end piece, not the tube and not the vacuum attachment. She had been using it with her mouth to directly clear the nasal passages of her infant daughter. Hmm, methinks she was truly sucking snot. Apparently she was catching her daughter’s colds, too. We set her up with a Nosefrida; I keep a few spares around for baby showers.
Perhaps the real lesson to take from all this is that Hungarian babies are badass.
Grab the Baby-Vac for $25 at HungarianGooseDown.com.