Pro Tips for Snotty Usage

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Bravo, thanks for putting your trust in the Snotty Nasal Aspirator.  The SNOTTY  is transforming the way parents respond to children's runny and blocked noses, in a fast, effective way. Let's get started.....

Batteries

For best results, you must use high quality, well charged alkaline batteries. Cheap, generic batteries or rechargable batteries will not produce enough charge to start the motor or suction sufficiently. The better the batteries, the better the suction. 

After periods of non-use, fresh batteries may be required.  The sound of the motor should indicate when the batteries need changing.  The motor should 'whirr' not sound sluggish.

In long periods of non-use (like in Summer when children are less likely to be congested) please remove batteries when placing Snotty into storage, to avoid corrosion or battery sweating.

Watch 3 year old Mila play a game with her toy, to make it fun,

and watch how easily the Snotty suctions the apple puree at the end

 

Position Is Key

We totally understand that babies and children can be quite distressed about having a noisy, vibrating device in their nose, especially as they are sick, tired and not their normal happy selves. No parent likes to see their child distressed, but the medical benefits of removing the snot (so your child can breathe, feed, sleep and recover better) might be worth a moment of fuss.

Every child has a different personality. Some little ones may be unfazed, but others will be completely bothered and scared if you try to get anywhere near their nose.  Holding your baby or child in a gentle but firm position helps to get the job done quicker and easier.  

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In the photo above, Mum Laura is holding baby Sage in a calm, cradle position.  This allows baby's head to be resting against Mum's shoulder, to reduce head twisting and pull-away movement, which can be a child's natural reaction. Baby's left arm is easily tucked behind Mum's body, to avoid interference.  Mum's right hand is gently holding baby's right arm, to stop the natural reflex to resist and wave the arm around. It can take some practice from parents to master the right holding position, but it's worth experimenting, as it makes the snot extraction process so much quicker and easier.  

Saline

Saline helps loosen up all nasal mucus to make it easy to suction.  If your child's nose is streaming, you may not need to use saline. However, first thing in the morning, snot may be dry and crusty and can easily stick inside the nasal cavity, so saline must be used first, to loosen everything up. 

Fill the enclosed spray bottle with saline solution:  you don’t need to spend money at the chemist buying saline – it’s purified, salt water.  Boil the jug, set aside 125ml to cool, then mix in 1/2tsp salt, and dispense into the enclosed, refillable spray bottle and shake well.  Spare saline can be kept in the fridge.  

Do 1 or 2 sprays of saline up each nostril first - it will loosen the mucus, and act as a natural antibacterial solution.  Then, aspirate the nose using the SNOTTY, and do a final single spray of saline to leave in the nasal cavity.

Please watch this You Tube video, to give some more ideas for safe usage...

 

 

A Fun Game

Young babies are usually unfazed by the noise and feel of the SNOTTY, but sometimes older babies and toddlers can be a little unsure, or even completely freaked out by this noisy, vibrating thing going up their nose.  We know it's not as fun as eating icecream!  

No parent likes to see their little one upset, but the Snotty is the quickest way to remove nasal congestion so they can breathe, sleep and feel better. We believe the medical benefits of removing snot at the source, before it can become a secondary chest, ear or adenoid infection far outweighs a moment (or 10!!!) of fuss.  Try these fun distractions and tricks...

- Why not let your child use the SNOTTY on their 'sick' dolls and toys as a game first! 

- We understand the SNOTTY makes a noise, so make it fun, saying the SNOTTY MONSTER wants to see how much snot it can suck out!  

- Try doing a simple countdown game from 5, 4, 3, 2, 1 while operating, to show children it really only takes a few seconds.  

- Sing a song to the tune of Wheels on the Bus...The little Snotty monster goes suck, suck, suck, all the way up your nose!!

- Turn on ABC4Kids, and delight in the ultimate quick distraction.  Remember, they won't get much time to watch, because you will only need a few seconds up each nostril to clear the nose!

- Ultimately, keep calm, and show your child there is nothing to be scared about.  They will breathe, feed and sleep so much better once the snot is gone.  Plus it will aid in quicker recovery from their cold and congestion.  

We understand your child may be unsure at first and even months down the track it still may not be their favourite thing to do, but when their health is compromised, it's worth it!

 

Waterproof

Remember, the "Snotty 3 Ultimate" unit is completely waterproof, so you can use it in the bath or shower! This is ideal, as the steam from a warm bath or shower helps to loosen the snot, making it easier to remove, plus the running water disguises the sound of the Snotty motor.  

 

Insertion

We understand parents are cautious about inserting something into their child's nose.  The nozzles are made of medical grade soft silicon and are gentle on little noses. 

The small pink nozzle is for premature or newborn babies, the medium blue nozzle is for older babies, the large white nozzle is for older babies, toddlers and children.

Please make sure your child is in a comfortable position, where their head is as still as possible.  A nice bear hug, with arms controlled might be required for the first few times.  Eventually, toddlers may start to use it themselves, but always supervise the procedure.  

In order to fully seal the nostril to create a vacuum strong enough to suction, you must insert the nozzle far enough in one nostril, so it is completely sealed.  Please use your judgement, but if you are concerned that no enough snot is being removed, the nozzle may need to be inserted further and gently rotated whilst inside, to suction all available snot.

You can seal the other nostril with your finger tip, to create an even stronger vacuum seal, for superior suction.

 

Is My Snotty Aspirator Functioning Correctly? Take the "Apple Puree" Test...

Mastering the best technique when using the Snotty Aspirator does take a bit of practice.  We understand it can be tricky to get the correct insertion angle and depth when dealing with a wriggly baby or toddler at the same time.  

Firstly, make sure you've got well charged alkaline-only batteries (the motor will not engage unless the batteries have enough charge) and have used a couple of squirts of saline in each nostril - the Snotty Aspirator can't suction dry, crusty snot! 

To check the function and see the suction capabilities of the Snotty Aspirator, we recommend you do the "no nozzle suction test" first.  Take off the coloured silicon nozzle and place the unit on your inner forearm - as in the picture below. Press the power button. It should firmly suction your skin. 

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Another way to check the function is with the "Apple Puree Test" - as it's the same consistency as snot, just a different colour!  

Squirt some apple puree/baby apples/jelly onto a plate, and suction it up with the Snotty Aspirator - it should be suctioned quickly and easily, just like in the video below.  Just take off the collection cup and rinse the unit under a warm tap to clean.

Now you can see how powerful the Snotty Aspirator is, so it's time to use it on your little one.

Correct depth of insertion is essential, especially to remove the snot high in the nasal passages.  You need to insert the nozzle far enough into the nostril to create an air seal, so the vacuum can do it's job.  This can take a bit of practice, as parents don't want to insert it too far, for fear of hurting their child.  We understand, but with careful judgement and precision, it is a safe action.

If you are concerned or unsure about the safest technique for use, please take the Snotty Aspirator and saline spray to your next doctor's appointment and ask your doctor to demonstrate appropriate use.

If the "no nozzle" suction test or Apple Puree suction test does not produce good results, you may have received a faulty unit, so please email us hello@snottynoses.com.au for further investigation. 

 

 

 

Watch baby Malea get her nose suctioned quickly and easily, and see how the Snotty suctions apple puree off the plate again! So easy.....

 

Help, I Still Can't Get Anything Out Of My Child's Nose

There may be times when your child is sick, and you can hear the mucus rattling, but despite using the Snotty correctly, you are unable to extract any mucus from the nasal passage.  Here are some tips that may help. 

1. The nozzle is not sealing the nose when used - please seal the entire nostril. If outside air is sucked into aspirator, the aspirator will not extract from inside the nose of your child.

2. The snot in your child's nose may thick and dry - please hydrate your child, use a vaporiser, use saline before aspiration and aspirate in bath or shower to take advantage of the steam. The Snotty may not be able to extract a dry, crusty piece of snot.

3. The cold does not produce nasal mucus, as such there is no mucus to be extracted. 

4. The mucus you can hear is in the throat or chest, not nasal passages, as such the aspirator will not help - please contact your health professional for best action.

Stand Upright

The ergonomic design of the Snotty Aspirator allows it to stand upright independently.  We recommend standing the unit upright at all times, between uses and whilst in storage.  If it lays down, any moisture or unrinsed mucus can leak through the collection cup and through to the motor compartment, which can cause this liquid to 'spit out' the air vent when in operation - yuck!  If this does happen, give your aspirator a full wash and stand upright to dry for a few hours, with the collection cup removed.

 

Cleaning

Diligent and regular CLEANING of the entire unit is absolutely essential.  Without regular, full cleaning, the small motor can easily get clogged and will cease to operate.

The entire unit is waterproof.  Remove the silicon nozzle and clear collection cup, and rinse these pieces under hot water.  Do not boil or sterilise in a dishwasher.

The hand held part should also be regularly rinsed, when the collection cup and nozzle is removed.  It's totally waterproof, just make sure the upper and lower cover pieces are firmly closed.  Dip the tip into a bowl of water and press the operating button. This will send a swish of water through the motor, to clean any snot that has become stuck or dried.

The Snotty 3 Ultimate Aspirator is covered by a 12 month warranty for factory or production faults. Issues that arise from irregular or insufficient cleaning are not covered by the warranty.

Please watch this You Tube video, to get simple and effective cleaning tips....

 

 

Thank you for putting your trust in the SNOTTY Nasal Aspirator and shopping with snottynoses.com.au. We'd love you to tell your friends and family about the product that is transforming the way families deal with colds and congestion.

As always, if your child's symptoms and conditions worsen, please contact your medical professional for advice and treatment. This advice is general only and may not apply to all customers at all times. 

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