Thursday, July 2nd, 2009
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:
- Model the behavior. Be comfortable flushing your own nose.
- Provide bathtime play with the bottle. Play “squirty games” several nights a week with a bathtub doll, eliminating a medical association with the bottle.
- 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.