Is this a thing people actually do?

(75 Posts)
sheriffofnottingham Wed 22-Jan-14 14:42:09

My best friend has an 8 week old DS. Last night she told me the story of how during a conversation with the health visitor she asked what to do if DS gets a cold because he can't blow his nose. She was told by the heath visitor that most parents just suck the snot out of DCs noses.

At this point in the conversation I nearly threw up (as did my friend at having to recount the story). Do parents actually do this? Is it just because I don't have children that I find it beyond disgusting?

jacks365 Wed 22-Jan-14 14:45:10

You suck it out with a special device that looks like a tiny turkey baster.

honeythewitch Wed 22-Jan-14 14:45:43

I think your friend is pulling your leg.

Pointeshoes Wed 22-Jan-14 14:46:07

Yeh those sucker things work well. Bit gross too though!

Beastofburden Wed 22-Jan-14 14:46:18

god no, I have three and you just made me <boak>

just. No. Way.

I did get a little suction thingy once and slurp it out, that was bad enough. the child was disabled so we had to do something about it as he couldnt.

MaidOfStars Wed 22-Jan-14 14:46:49

Yep, it is a thing people do. I have witnessed it first hand. Perhaps this predated the availability of special devices designed to do the same job.

She spat, by the way.

Beastofburden Wed 22-Jan-14 14:46:52

Not leg pulling, I was advised that too, 22 years ago.

And i retched,

Eatriskier Wed 22-Jan-14 14:47:20

The devices are like this:

www.fridababy.com/shop/nosefrida/

or this:

www.toysrus.co.uk/Babies-R-Us/Bathing/Essential-Medical/Babies-R-Us-Nasal-Aspirator(0028109)?cm_mmc=Google-_-ProductListingAds-_-NA-_-Babies%20%22R%22%20Us%20Nasal%20Aspirator&gclid=CNK3pYaDkrwCFSTkwgodbBUAug

mainly - you don't literally put your mouth around and suck.

The first one is by far the better if your friend is looking for one IMO.

Mellowandfruitful Wed 22-Jan-14 14:47:53

There's a device you can buy - DH and I always called it the 'snot sucker' though that's not its official name - where you suck, that draws the snot out but it goes into a little chamber not your mouth smile Boots have them. Or there are sprays you can use that are just water, not like the adult decongestant sprays, that loosen everything up. I think part of the explanation has been missed out!

ThatBloodyWoman Wed 22-Jan-14 14:47:55

I never sucked the snot out of my kids noses.

sheriffofnottingham Wed 22-Jan-14 14:48:01

Oh thank god for that! Might give her a ring later to make sure it's me that's got the wrong end of the stick on that one and not her!

HyvaPaiva Wed 22-Jan-14 14:48:03

There's a product especially for this. You can see it here.

UriGeller Wed 22-Jan-14 14:48:20

The sucker things are the most satisfying piece of equipment!

I suppose if my newborn couldn't breathe at all, at the last resort if I couldn't find the sucky thing I'd suck their snot out but bleugh.

Get a little sucker thingy from the Chemist. Works a charm. Strangely satisfying too.

IJustWoreMyTrenchcoat Wed 22-Jan-14 14:49:45

Boots sell a little device for this. You stick one part in your mouth ad one up the babies nostril. Even though there's a separator in the middle it still made me retch. My partner nearly collapsed laughing.

Have since bought a little bulb one, but think saline spray and wiping works better.

squoosh Wed 22-Jan-14 14:49:49

I know the bond between a mother and baby is stronger than titanium but seriously, has any human ever loved another so much that they'd suck the snot out of their nose??

MeepMeepVrooooom Wed 22-Jan-14 14:50:50

Ahaha grin yes I agree with people who are saying it's a little sucker you get from a chemist.

What exactly were you thinking OP?

somuchtosortout Wed 22-Jan-14 14:51:03

I had the misfortune to witness our babysitter do this exact thing to my baby when living in the West Indies. I must point out I really don't think it is common practice there, it was just her....

I was so grossed out on her behalf! It has never occured to me to even do that!! (And I still would not do it to my own child!!)

GlitzAndGiggles Wed 22-Jan-14 14:51:46

I've got a sucking device but my friends mum said she used to actually suck her kids noses because they didn't have stuff like that back then

LeafyGreen13 Wed 22-Jan-14 14:51:53

When my baby was born we all had colds so she was about 5 days old when she caught it. I just couldn't bring myself to use one of those things so just used the squirting breast milk up her nose method.

Whatisaweekend Wed 22-Jan-14 14:53:16

My old au pair told me that in her home country there is a device you can fit to the Hoover!!! Think she may have been having me on.......

Anyway, I had one of the tiny turkey baster things which worked quite well and have also heard of people sucking it out (in extremis though, surely envy<boak)

Crowler Wed 22-Jan-14 14:56:02

I'll admit it did occur to me during some particularly stuffy, long nights when my kids were babies. But I couldn't bring myself to do it.

My husband's friend has admitted to doing this.

WaxyDaisy Wed 22-Jan-14 15:00:33

1. Squirt breast milk up nose
2 roll up tissue and pull the tube shape across front of nose from one side to the other
3. Watch incredibly long string of snot follow the tissue

I tried one of those sucky things, but caught the virus from the baby that way sad

MysterySpots Wed 22-Jan-14 15:00:38

My DS and BIL recently revealed to me that they do this. I have been a mother for 10 years and I had vaguely heard that some people do this but really thought it was an urban myth. I can't imagine anything more vile and I have a pretty more strong stomach for body fluids. Also, surely you are massively increasing your risk of getting whatever bug they have picked up? I know you're probably going to get it anyway... Much as I loved my babies I can't ever imagine doing it. I really hope they never do it front of me because I think I would have to leave the room.

steppemum Wed 22-Jan-14 15:00:44

my friend had one of those sucking things like a turkey baster. She used it all the time.
I could never see the point, I just wiped their noses.
I also did the squirt up the nose when they were a bit dry and bunged up and it loosened it and then i wiped with tissue.

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