Common Mistakes Parents Make When Using a Nasal Aspirator

Respiratory season is quickly approaching with the return of school and cooler weather. This time of year is characterized by an increase in pediatric viral and bacterial illnesses that can affect breathing. As a result, nasal aspirators are utilized more frequently from September through March. This week’s article will provide some reminders to help avoid common mistakes when using a nasal aspirator in preparation for the upcoming weeks and months.

Common Mistakes Parents Make When Using a Nasal Aspirator

If you have already purchased your CozyNose and want to make sure that you are using this nasal aspirator correctly, you are not alone! Many parents make common mistakes when using a nasal aspirator, so we want to make sure you are always using the device properly.

1. Over-Insertion

Some nasal aspirators may cause nasal trauma from over-insertion. For example, the bulb syringe has a narrow tip by design, making it challenging to assess how deep you are entering the baby's nose. The nasal passages of babies and children are delicate and can easily be damaged. We recommend using the CozyNose, which has a broad, shallow tip that can safely aspirate a little one’s nose without causing concern for over-insertion. Because of the design, the CozyNose creates a perfect seal in the nostril and allows mucus to be quickly and safely extracted.

2. Bloody Nose

Bloody noses can occur for a variety of reasons, but you should not use a nasal aspirator if your little one is having an active, bloody nose. The pressure from suctioning prevents the frail vessels from forming a clot to stop the bleeding. Suctioning will only make the nose bleed worse. Additionally, if you observe a small amount of blood in the mucous while suctioning, stop suctioning and give the nose 3 to 4 hours to recover before suctioning again. Notify your provider if your child frequently has blood in the nasal secretions.

3. Too Much Suctioning

While the nasal aspirator is helpful in removing secretions, it can be utilized too frequently. Repeated suctioning can cause inflammation in the nasal passage and make it more difficult for the child to breathe through the nose. For smaller babies, suction the nose prior to feeding and before bedtime, usually every 3 to 4 hours. For toddlers, suction the nose upon waking, prior to meals, and before bedtime if needed. Notify your provider if your child is not experiencing relief from suctioning.

A clear nose means better sleep. The CozyNose is a battery-powered suction device designed to clear nasal congestion in babies and children.

4. Suctioning Without Saline

Saline can help effectively clear mucus. Because saline drops contain salt, they help break down the mucus. Add 2-3 drops of saline to each side of the nose. Allow a few seconds for the saline to begin to break down the mucus and then suction the nose.

5. Suctioning Without Cleaning Between Children

Never use a nasal aspirator on multiple children without first cleaning the device. Even if the children are siblings, it is important to sanitize the aspirator with hot, soapy water between uses. The nasal passage is a conduit for the spread of infection, and exposing children to the same aspirator can easily cause cross-contamination.

6. Suctioning With a Dirty Nasal Aspirator

Because bacteria grows in moist environments, the nasal aspirator can be a habitat for unwanted germs. As tedious as cleaning between every suction can be, keep your nasal aspirator clean by rinsing between each use. If you need to clean the CozyNose tubing, place it in warm, soapy water or on the top rack of your dishwasher to thoroughly clean the tubing.


In order to safely care for your child, it is important to avoid these common mistakes when using a nasal aspirator. Contact your provider if you are ever concerned about your child’s health, especially if symptoms are not improving. For quick, safe, and effective relief, trust The CozyNose to keep your baby's nasal passages clear and comfortable throughout the respiratory season.

Buy your CozyNose now and be prepared for the upcoming months!


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