Nasal aspirators are devices used to suction mucus from noses. They are typically used for people who can’t blow this material out, such as babies or others with issues of limited mobility or understanding. Most aspirators are marketed toward use with babies and they come in different shapes and varieties.
The simplest of the nasal aspirators is a bulb syringe, which has a squeezable bulb attached to a narrow neck with an opening. A squeeze of the bulb results in reverse action, where as the bulb refills with it air it has a vacuum like effect. When gently inserted a small way into a baby’s nose this can suck out some mucus, helping to alleviate a certain amount of nasal congestion.
Some variants of nasal aspirators are battery powered. These look slightly like ear thermometers, but they feature a small collection unit for nasal discharge that can be easily washed. They do tend to be pricier than other mucus collection devices. Many people like the easy collection aspects of the battery powered units.
An aspirator should provide gentle suction however one has to be careful. Occasionally, they can irritate the nose and cause a little bleeding. If this occur, aspiration should be stopped forthwith. The nose of the young child is very sensitive and needs careful treatment.