We all know the feeling – that unable to breath, helpless, frustrated feeling of a congested nose. As adults, we just open our mouths and breath. We gulp in air in-between bites of food, sips of drink or talking. We know that nasal congestion is temporary – and not a life-threatening situation. We know that the misery of it all is due to our body’s response to a virus invasion.
However, an infant doesn’t know that. To an infant, breast-feeding and bottle feeding with a cold can feel impossible and oh-so- not-worth-it! This can lead to dehydration and thicker secretions. (Miserable babies and yes – miserable parents.) What do we do? Trying not to panic, we reach for that blue or green syringe bulb. The one we got at the hospital that was used right after delivery to suck out amniotic fluid and vaginal secretions from the baby’s nose and mouth.
If you’re a parent, you’ve probably seen, come in contact with, and even attempted to use this pointy nasal bulb syringe for cleaning your baby’s nose. These syringes are hard to use (my son wiggled around whenever I tried to clean his nose with one) and even harder to clean! What many don’t realize is that bacteria from secretions left in the bulb syringe can contaminate the syringe and lead to infections in our infants. And most people are not boiling these syringes because it can destroy the syringe (and most of these parents are sleep deprived and not thinking of this!)
So what do you do?
Introducing Cleanoz. If you’re sick of watching your infant suffer with congestion, or fighting with your older child to remove those boogers, and you don’t have time to adequately clean a bulb syringe – you’ll appreciate the Cleanoz.
I first found this product at the Pediatrician’s Conference I attended in 2007. Seeing them again at the ABC Kids show, I was able to obtain enough information about the product and the inventor that I felt comfortable passing along the information for this product in greater detail. I went home excited for that next cold or bout of congestion in my infant nephew. (Of course, my 4 year old tells me he has a stuff nose just so he can use it… )
When testing the effectiveness of Cleanoz, I first sprayed a bit of saline into the nostril. My nephew was surprised and not so sure of what I was doing! Then I inserted the disposable tip into his little nostril as I held his head still.
The first thing we (my sister and I) noticed when using the Cleanoz is that he didn’t wiggle around in an attempt to get away. I think he was intrigued by the noise the Cleanoz makes when the ON/OFF button is pushed. I held his head between my hands, and found the Cleanoz was easy to use, efficient and effective – that booger was huge and slimy sticky!
The best part of the Cleanoz, and the feature that sets it apart from other nose cleaners is its disposable silicone tip. That’s right, the tip is actually disposable! When finished cleaning your child’s nose, simply remove the nozzle tip and reservoir and toss it in the trash – no cleaning required! The tip can actually be used for a full day cleaning it as directed – but then it is recommended to toss it and replace with a new pink tip. Never leave tip on overnight (bacteria can grow – and love the dark!) One tip per child – never use same tip for more than one child!
The disposable tip actually is a little “funnel” connected to a little “balloon”. The balloon fills with air when the Cleanoz is activated. This vacuum pulls that booger right out and into the reservoir. Oh what a great feeling to clear out an airway for an infant! And how great not to even touch the mucus. All of the gunk is contained inside the balloon and never contaminates the unit!
Cleanoz was invented by a French ENT (Ear, Nose, Throat) physician who also is a parent. Dr. Jose Bensoussan wanted to find a way to help his patients who were unable to get relief from the ineffective and non-hygienic existing nose cleaners. He researched this for 3 years and invented the concept of a disposable piece to replace the washable products. (Not to mention the germs, but really – who wants to wash out slimy boogers?)
Dr. Bensoussan asked his children (son David and daughter Barbara) to help him with the design one day while they were at the beach. Barbara drew a nose cleaner shaped like a duck – at that moment a dolphin jumped out of the water. The dolphin shape was decided on at that very moment, when the whole family realized the smooth shape of a dolphin was perfect for gentle care of a baby.
How does Cleanoz compare with other aspirators? http://cleanoz.com/CleanozVersus.aspx?par=Ver
Now how does this all apply to travel? Well, with cold and flu season almost here and the year round problem of dry air on planes, secretions will tend to stick and thicken when flying with a cold or congestion. Carrying along a small bottle of saline and Cleanoz allows us to help our little ones breath. Decreased congestion will help decrease the possibility of screaming babies due to ear pain.
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