Mold in nasal aspirator

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Mold in nasal aspirator

You think that you are helping your baby when you clear out his/her stuffy little nose… but think again!

Last week when our baby was sick, I got out our nasal aspirator and when I squeezed it, I noticed a odor. I decided to see what was going on, and sure enough- our nasal aspirator was filled with mold! The worst part is that I had always cleaned them after each “sickness”. I would fill a bowl with HOT soapy water and suck the water into it and squeeze it back out. I thought this was helping, but I guess it wasn’t. When I checked another one that I had (that I hadn’t cleaned), it was the same way- filled with mold. Since you can’t dry the inside, it just becomes a mold breeding ground!

Our kids are already at risk for breathing problems. Each of our kids have use nebulizers on regular basis’ in their first few years and it is scary to think that I was just adding another ‘risk’ by using a mold-filled aspirator!

I read online that a good alternative is the NoseFrida nasal aspirator (also known as the snot sucker).

Do you have any other suggestions?  Add them to the comment below!


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Mold in nasal aspirator — 12 Comments

  1. Oh, my!!!! I hope hospitals don’t still use this, especially beyond 48 hours (which is how long the EPA says it takes mold to grow). I don’t have any suggestions, but I sure hope that people can find out about this. Thank you for the information!

  2. I was concerned about this too recently, after hearing about this through friends. When I told my husband about it, he pointed out that you suck IN with the bulb syringe, and you never blow into the baby’s nose with this device, so there’s no need to be concerned about blowing mold into the baby’s nose. And if we throw this out, we may as well throw out the rubber duckies too!

    • I think throwing out anything with mold is a good idea. (Did you see my comment on plugging up your bath toys with a dab of hot glue to prevent water from getting into them?
      The air does, in fact, go into the baby’s airways because to suction you have to build up the negative pressure (outside of the baby’s nose), which, in turn, releases positive pressure when suctioning.
      (Check with your pediatrician for more info… we did. ) :)
      I hope this helped!

      • I’m replying to “your modern family’s” last post about having to build up the negative pressure in order for the syringe to work correctly. While you are correct about that, I can’t help but assume you’re “building up the negative pressure” inside the babushka nose bc of your reply to “gabrielle’s” comment about never pushing air into the babys nose with the bulb.. I just wanted to correct you… you should NEVER ” build up the negative pressure inside the babushka nose! This should ALWAYS be done before the bulb ever even comes in contact w/ baby. In other words… you must first sanitize bulb, then squeeze out all air inside bulb, hold, and
        then insert into babys nostrils..which would greatly eliminate any danger of pushing anything from inside the bulb into babys air ways. Although I’m not sure after finding black mold inside, I would ever use again! They make bulbs you can take apart and clean! Good luck!:)

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  5. Summer Infant makes an aspirator that you can take apart to clean – our son is at a high risk for asthma and has used a nebulizer like your children, so this article has made me NEVER want to use the regular ones again. I’m planning to order a Summer Infant one! Thank you – what a blessing to know this now, and the tip for bath toys was great, too!!

  6. I found that if I shine a flashlight on the bulb and look in the opening, I can see clearly inside of mine. My baby is 8 months old and it looks fine, but I use very hot (nearly boiling) water to clean it and I live in a very dry climate (25% humidity would be high around these parts.) I guess I’ve just been lucky!

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