Helping Children Wash their Nose

I suck snot through a tube, so I shouldn’t be one to laugh. Oh, but I laughed and laughed at this video.

When you’re squirting water through your nose, don’t smile like you’re having the time of your life.

Nasopure is a plastic nasal irrigator taking the neti pot industry by storm.

I mention Nasopure on Thingamababy because the company’s commercial states, “even 2-year-olds can do it.”

A neti pot, of course, is a typically small ceramic pot with a long snout used to pour warm salt water in one nostril and out the other. It was first popularized among yoga enthusiasts in India because controlling your breathing is a big part of yoga.

Nasal irrigation is about flushing or thinning mucus and nasal debris. Think of it as a more direct, and perhaps more effective, alternative to saline nasal spray.

Among its adherents, irrigation is heralded for relieving discomfort due to the common cold, allergies and even sinus infections. WebMD seems to agree.

Nasopure bills itself as a “modern neti” with three key improvements:

  • Angled neck design so you don’t have to tilt your head.
  • Squeezable bottle allowing flow control for a light rinse or steady flush.
  • An applicator tip that creates a tight nostril seal to control flow pressure.

The company’s primer, Nose washing for 2- to 3-year-olds, provides this (summarized) advice:

  1. Model the behavior. Be comfortable flushing your own nose.
  2. Provide bathtime play with the bottle. Play “squirty games” several nights a week with a bathtub doll, eliminating a medical association with the bottle.
  3. Eventually include squirting parts of the face, both on the doll and your child.

Joking aside, it’s actually a good primer that can be adapted for other fears, such as a child’s distaste for having water poured over her head.

What gets me, though, is the advice that nasal flushing be a daily routine, like brushing your teeth. Hmm, not for me.

And now, watch this video of a neti pot being used. Carefully observe the man’s facial expressions. You must agree, Nasopure is a must more pleasant choice.

Nasopure is available in an 8 ounce model and a 4 ounce Little Squirt to Go which is billed for small hands and handy for travelers. It retails for $20.

Comments

3 Responses to “Helping Children Wash their Nose”

  1. AJ says:

    Upon reading this page, my aunt filed this unsettling report:

    “Did you know that your grandfather washed his nose every morning? He didn’t use saline, just plain tap water and used his cupped hands to sniff up the water and then spit it out. More than likely, this made him feel better and kept his nasal passages moist. Dad used to get nose bleeds.”

    July 2nd, 2009 at 3:34 pm

  2. Angelique says:

    We totally use nasal irrigation at our house! Back in college I shadowed a doctor who gave all her allergy/sinus infection/common cold patients instructions on how to use a neti pot. I was curious, so I tried it and was hooked. I like the Sinucleanse bottle (same principle). It’s the only thing that cleans out all that gorp when you’re sick. I got my hubby (who swore he’d never put anything up his nose) to use it once during a particularly nasty cold, and he’s now a convert. I’ve never tried it on my three-year-old though. For my little guys, I use the SinuCleanse Kids Mist. I like it because it’s pure saline with no preservatives. And it’s a nice generous spray but still gentle. It can be a pain remembering to clean though. The fluid has to be discarded after a week (no preservatives) and the unit disinfected with vinegar. BUT, it’s worth it for the sheer amount of snot that can be sucked out of a baby’s nose after a liberal dose of saline from the Kid’s Mist and my trusty Nose Freida (I LOVE my snot sucker, thanks so much for the head’s up on that one!)

    July 2nd, 2009 at 6:30 pm

  3. Angelique says:

    P.S. I do use it every day when it’s allergy season. I also used it every day when I was pregnant (both times) and had that god-aweful pregnancy-induced chronic stuffy nose.

    July 2nd, 2009 at 6:32 pm

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