This is not a face any mummy wants to see . . .
|My poor snotty baby|
With two older siblings in school now, poor Amy really doesn’t stand a chance against the barrage of cough and cold germs they are likely to bring home with them over the Autumn and Winter months. Last year, being born in November, she really suffered and was absolutely stuffed full of cold at just two weeks old. It was awful to see her struggling with her snotty nose, too young for any treatments beyond feeding her in a steamy bathroom to help her breathe more easily.
This year, thankfully, she can at least be kept dosed up on paracetamol and the like. She’s not really that keen on paracetamol to be honest (strange child) and it can be quite difficult to get the full dose into her – we certainly couldn’t use a spoon! We rely heaving on using a syringe and it often takes two of us; one to hold her still and another to steadily administer the paracetamol. It’s not fun at all.
We have been sent a number of products to help ease our little lady’s suffering throughout the season of germs.
|Could this be the ultimate snot survival kit?|
Amy is a thumb sucker, we’ve never even offered her a dummy so I wasn’t sure how she’d feel about the Dentinox Medicine Dispenser or the Snufflebaby Inhaler Dummy. In principle they are absolutely genius products.
The Detinox Medicine Dispenser allows you to administer your child’s medicine through the dummy which they can either suck passively or you can press the plunger. I did find it a little odd that the dummy only seems to hold 4ml when the standard dose is 5ml but that’s by the by. I think I would prefer to administer the medicine with the plunger so that I knew the dose had been given as there’s a risk that baby might not suck out the full dose themselves. Unsurprisingly Amy really wasn’t impressed by the idea of having her Calpol through a dummy so we’ll stick to the syringe on that one!
|Dentinox Medicine Dispenser|
The Snufflebabe Inhaler Dummy really does provide the most painfully obvious solution to a problem I’ve heard so many mums complain about. When your little one is feeling under the weather they want their dummy for comfort but they’re all bunged up and can’t breathe through their nose whilst sucking – so they spit it out . . . and then cry because they want their dummy.
The Snufflebabe Inhaler Dummy has a special chamber which you open up to add a couple of drops of Snufflebabe Vapour Oil meaning that whilst baby is sucking their dummy they are inhaling the vapour and clearing their little nose. Genius.
|Snufflebabe Inahler Dummy & Vapour Oil|
One of the hardest things about treating small ones when they are full of cold is that they can’t yet blow their noses. I think Ben and Chloe both mastered this skill somewhere shortly after their first birthdays, certainly by their second winter at around 16 months. Amy at 11 months however needs to rely on our help to clear her poor little nose. We have been using the Snufflebabe Nasal Aspirator for years and have relied on it with all three children a some point. The “Snot Sucker” as it is more commonly known in our house has been a real life saver at times and we love it – though I can’t say the kids necessarily felt the same at the time and it can be a bit of a battle. To be fair I think I’d fight back against having something stuck up my nose and I think the sensation of having the mucus sucked out must be really strange as they’ve all screamed instantly. However – this is one of those “cruel to be kind” situations and I promise the relief for them will be worth the initial discomfort. No house with small children in should be without one of these.
|Snufflebabe Nasal Aspirator|
Fingers crossed there won’t be too many coughs and colds suffered in our house this winter however I shall be glad of having these products in my arsenal should the need arise!
*Disclaimer: I’m working with BritMums on a project with Dentinox and Snufflebabe to test their products during cold season. All opinions are my own. To find out more about the products visit http://www.dentinox.co.uk and http://www.snufflebabe.co.uk*