BUYER’S GUIDE 7 ways to clear bubba’s stuffy nose

A congested tot can’t eat, sleep or play, and worse, fusses. Try these great buys to ease bubba’s blocked nose. 

BUYER'S GUIDE 7 ways to clear bubba's stuffy nose
BUYER'S GUIDE 7 ways to clear bubba's stuffy nose
03 Mar 2016

BUYER'S GUIDE 7 ways to clear bubba's stuffy nose

Olbas oil for children ― Ed's Choice
Olbas oil for children ― Ed's Choice
03 Mar 2016

Olbas oil for children ― Ed's Choice

PRICE $6.80/10ml

FROM Major pharmacies.

WHAT This pure plant oil mixture includes clove, eucalyptus, juniper berry and cajuput. Put several drops onto a handkerchief and place near where your child is sleeping, but out of his reach. Suitable from 3 months. A stronger version is available for adults.

PROS Very effective in unblocking little red noses.

CONS A little bit pricey.

MUM SAYS “This works instantly to open up my baby’s airways.” Ng Yi Ling, 31, mum to Sarah, 6 months, and Seth, 4.

SP SAYS It’s great for the whole family and we love its smell.

Vick's Baby Balsam ― Mum's fave
Vick's Baby Balsam ― Mum's fave
03 Mar 2016

Vick's Baby Balsam ― Mum's fave

PRICE $6.30/50g

FROM Major pharmacies.

WHAT Suitable for kids from 3 months to age 5, the calming eucalyptus, rosemary and lavender scents in this soothing rub will help junior breathe better. Containing aloe vera and dermatologically approved, it’s gentle on your little one’s skin.

PROS Easy to apply and smells lovely. 

CONS Though it calms baby, the decongesting effect is not strong. 

MUM SAYS “I take this with me everywhere, even when we travel. If his nose is stuffy or he’s coughing, I apply it on his chest and back, and the soles of his feet.” Karen Lam, 31, mum to Jacob, 1.

SP SAYS This all-time favourite chest rub is a mainstay in every mum’s medicine drawer. 

Breathe Right Kids Nasal Strips ― Most innovative
Breathe Right Kids Nasal Strips ― Most innovative
03 Mar 2016

Breathe Right Kids Nasal Strips ― Most innovative

PRICE $8.45/12 strips

FROM Major pharmacies.

WHAT These strips open junior’s nasal passage to relieve congestion. In specific sizes for kids from ages 5 to 12, who will also dig the different colours and star designs available.

PROS This drug-free treatment should ease your child’s discomfort.

CONS Not every kid is willing to let you place a strip on her nose. Can be pricey if you need to use it regularly.

MUM SAYS “Great non-medicating way to ease my daughter’s congestion.” Maylene Lee, 39, mum to Cassandra, 2, and Cindy, 6.

SP SAYS If the band doesn’t bother your child’s skin, it’s definitely worth a try. 

Sterimar Baby Nasal Hygiene Spray
Sterimar Baby Nasal Hygiene Spray
03 Mar 2016

Sterimar Baby Nasal Hygiene Spray

PRICE $18.40/50ml

FROM Major pharmacies.

WHAT This low-pressure seawater nasal spray is completely safe to use from birth. Fine droplets of sea water will soften and loosen nasal mucus even as it clears the nasal passages to relieve the blocked nose. You can use from two to six times a day, or longer, if required.

PROS Natural and safe for your child. Offers value for money as one canister goes a long way.

CONS Some kids struggle when you try to place the nozzle at their nostrils.

MUM SAYS “My doctor recommended this. I like that I can use it as often as I need to throughout the day.” Nur Afiqah, 29, mum to Ismail, 3.

SP SAYS Use this with one of the nasal aspirators below for instant relief!

Nosefrida Nasal Aspirator ― Most effective
Nosefrida Nasal Aspirator ― Most effective
03 Mar 2016

Nosefrida Nasal Aspirator ― Most effective

PRICE $24.90

FROM www.pupsikstudio.com

WHAT Non-invasive and easy to use, this aspirator forms a seal with the outside of your child’s nostril to create a vacuum. The parent uses his or her mouth to suck up the mucus, a method that’s more effective than the regular version. A disposable filter protects parents from the germs.

PROS Extremely effective, especially for kids who are unable to blow their noses.

CONS You may feel it’s a bit “icky” to be “sucking” junior’s snot out.

MUM SAYS “This works like magic on my kids. They actually request for me to suck their noses when they have a cold.” Andrea Kang, 35, mum to Nicole, 3, Keira, 4, and James, 7.

SP SAYS A must-have for the flu season. The disposable filter means that you can use the same aspirator on different kids without fear of spreading the germs.

Pigeon Nose Cleaner
Pigeon Nose Cleaner
03 Mar 2016

Pigeon Nose Cleaner

PRICE $4.90

FROM Major supermarkets, pharmacies and baby stores.

WHAT Compress the bulb, then insert the tip of the nozzle into your baby or tot’s nostril. As you release the bulb, mucus will be sucked from his nose. The flexible nozzle is gentle on your baby’s delicate mucus membranes.

PROS Value for money, and you don’t have to “suck” the mucus with your mouth. Easy to take along with you wherever you go.

CONS Does not remove all your baby’s mucus.

MUM SAYS “It takes a while to get the hang of it, but it’s surprisingly good at clearing drippy noses.” Joanna Chan, 34, mum to Kaylie, 2.

SP SAYS For the price, get one and see if it works on your munchkin. 

Boogie Wipes (Unscented) ― Most convenient
Boogie Wipes (Unscented) ― Most convenient
03 Mar 2016

Boogie Wipes (Unscented) ― Most convenient

PRICE $8.90/30 sheets

FROM www.pupsikstudio.com

WHAT This moist wipe gently dissolves mucus and gets rid of crusty boogers. The saline offers quick, effective relief, so your child feels more comfortable.

PROS This fuss-free product not only cleans your child’s snot , it’s easy to stash in your bag when you’re out and about.

CONS Can be quite expensive if you have to use several sheets a day.

MUM SAYS “My son’s nose used to get all red when I wiped it with regular tissues. This wipe is moist enough that it doesn’t irritate the skin around his nose.” Valerie Lee, 25, mum to Shane, 1.

SP SAYS A great idea, especially when you’re on the go.  

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