The Proven Benefits Of Aspirators

Aspirator - 2-1

Stuffy nose is one of the most common concerns of parents in their infants’ early months of life. Your newborn can be very cranky when they have a stuffy nose. They will have difficulty in breathing, sleeping and feeding.

Nasal aspirators have proven to be the best option to relieve your baby from stuffy nose. If you are skeptical about using aspirators for your little one, you should know about the proven benefits of using aspirators.

  • It is a hygienic way to get rid of phlegm in the baby’s nose.
  • They help in clearing the nasal congestion in a jiffy.
  • It gives instant relief to kids when they have trouble in breathing due to obstructed nasal passages.
  • It facilitates better breathing, sleeping and feeding.
  • It is easy to use.
  • It is affordable.
  • It is safe to use. It is suitable for newborns as well.
  • When you use manual aspirators you have full control over the suction.
  • It is recommended by doctors because of its effectiveness.
  • It has soft tips to make sure that the tender skin of the baby is not hurt.

If you follow the right instructions to use the aspirators and if you clean it properly, aspirators are really beneficial.

Further reading 

1. A Short guide for using the manual nasal aspirator

2. Easy to do remedies for baby’s cold

Breast Feeding Difficulties When Your Baby Is Having A Stuffy Nose


Breastfeeding is a must when your baby falls ill because

  • Breast milk is easy to digest when compare to formula.
  • Breast milk contains antibiotics that help in quick recovery from illness.
  • Breast milk helps in keeping your baby hydrated.
  • Breast milk provides the baby with plenty of nutrients.
  • Breast milk gives comfort to your baby.

However, breastfeeding a baby with stuffed nose is not easy. It can be very challenging. There  are difficulties that you may face when you nurse a baby with stuffed nose.

The baby latches on your breast. He tries to suck. However, he finds it difficult to suck because he has to breathe through his mouth when his nose is blocked. Breathing and sucking through mouth at the same time is impossible.The baby gets upset and lets the breast to go.The baby starts to cry.When the baby cries the nasal passage becomes more congested. This makes breastfeeding more difficult.

When the baby does not feed on the breast milk, the mother too has to suffer from a lot of discomfort and pain.

One simple solution is to clear his nasal congestion before feeding. 

Nasal aspiration  along with saline drops before feeding your baby will help him to breath better, allowing  him to feed better.


The issues with bulb syringes or aspirators


It can be really disheartening to see your baby finding it difficult to eat and sleep because of nose congestion.  Most parents use bulb syringe/aspirators that are given to the new moms in the hospitals to unclog their baby’s nose. It is true that they are helpful in clearing nasal blocks but is it safe to use bulb aspirators? Are there any issues with bulb aspirators? Let’s find out.

The issues with bulb aspirators

  • Inadequate suction : Bulb aspirators by design can generate only a limited, short burst of suction. This is insufficient to remove the mucus. So repeated attempts are needed. This will frustrate both the parent and the baby. There is no way to increase the suction when needed.
  • Unsuitable tips : The tips of the bulb aspirators are often narrow and hard, it can enter the nostrils and injure the baby’s soft nasal tissues.

  • Risk of reinfection : Its virtually impossible to clean the inside of the bulb aspirator because of its design . After a few uses, if you cut it open and see there will be unsightly yeast mold like growth on the rubber material. This can cause a reinfection .

How to clean the bulb aspirator ?

It is recommended to soak and wash bulb aspirators with hot soapy water for some time. The next step is to draw in the water and squeeze it out a few times before leaving it to dry.

Now, is the bulb aspirator clean and devoid of mold and bacteria after this process? No, it is not. Even if you wash the bulb aspirator regularly and thoroughly after every use, you are not guaranteed that the aspirator is clean. Why is it so?  It is because,the inside surface of a bulb aspirators can’t be dried . Dampness and moisture are the breeding grounds for mold. Bulbs in aspirators provide the perfect breeding ground for mold. If you are living in humid places, the risk of mold and bacterial infection is very high. Mold in the aspirator may cause breathing problems and increase the risk of frequent colds and allergies to your little one.

A simple solution  is to use a manual nasal aspirator which provides adequate, continuous suction which you  can control easily. It’s safe design ensures that it can be cleaned without much fuss.

Is it safe to use nasal drops on my baby? 

Nose drops for sick baby

When blocked nose causes a lot of discomfort even to an adult, what can you say for the babies? It is sure to a cause a lot of discomfort. Nights become miserable for the kids and the parents as well. I am sure as a parent you are desperate to get rid of the blocked nose of your baby. Many nasal drops, with the promise of giving instant relief from blocked nose, are available in the market? Is it safe to use nasal drops on my baby – This is a frequently raised question. Do you want to know the answer? Here is an analysis.

There are three types of nasal sprays available in the market.

  • Decongestant nasal sprays – They contain medications like oxymetazoline or phenylphrine or xylometazoline or naphazoline etc. They help in narrowing the blood vessels in your nose. This helps in reduction of swelling in the nose and gives instant relief from nose congestion.
  • Saline nasal sprays – It is a spray containing a mixture of salt and water. It works by softening and loosening hardened nasal mucus and clearing it out from the nasal passages.
  • Steroid nasal sprays – Medicines used in this spray include Fluticasone, monetasone, triamcinolone or beclomethasone.

Which of the above are safe for your baby?

Saline nasal sprays are the safest for your baby because they do not contain any drugs.

  • A saline nasal spray loosens the mucus. You can then extract the mucus with a nasal aspirator.
  • Saline drops don’t cause any side effects.
  • Saline drops can be used in babies from birth and in older babies and children.
  • You can use it as often as needed to clear your child’s blocked nose.
  • They do not affect other medicines.
  • You can use a saline spray or drops, both are effective.
  • Saline drops combined with nasal aspiration can be done before each feed and bedtime.

However, you should be careful to follow a few basic tips to avoid undesired side effects.

  • You should make sure you clean your hands to avoid further infection in the baby.
  • You should not share droppers. One bottle per baby.
  • You should not place the dropper outside the nostril and should not insert inside. Keep it right at the opening of the nostrils and squeeze one or two drops.

Decongestant nasal sprays

Decongestant nasal sprays are not recommended for little ones below the age of 6. If your child is above 6 years, it is not advisable to use them for more than 3 to 4 days. When you use for 5 days or more it may cause a rebound effect. When the effect of the nasal drop wears off it may worsen the congestion.

Steroid nasal sprays

Steroid nasal sprays are not advisable because they cause side effects like burning and stinging, itching and soreness.


When helping your baby to overcome his nasal congestion or blocked nose, saline nasal drops are an essential aid. When combined with a nasal aspirator, it can be a real help .

Further reading :

The different types of saline nasal drops.