Treating Baby's Stuffy Nose: How One Common Remedy Could Be Making Him Sicker

Baby Bulb Syringe MoldIt's flu season. Also known as the time of year when moms are doing everything they can think of to help a congested baby get comfortable. Have you been relying on that handy little bulb syringe to give your babe a snot-free sleep? You might want to re-think that!

The latest photo to go viral on Facebook comes from a Kentucky mom who cracked open her baby's nasal aspirator. What she found inside will give moms chills.

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Mitzi Johnson said she always cleaned her son's nose bulb with hot soapy water after each use. But photos on her profile -- which have since been shared thousands of times -- show an open syringe chock-full of mold!

Ewww! Ewww! Ewwwwwwwwwww!

Did you know exposure to mold for kids under 1 significantly hikes their risk of developing asthma? And of course if mold is growing in there, who knows what other bacteria could be building up inside one of those syringes ... and is now being shot right up into baby's delicate nasal passages?

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Johnson is a self-confessed "germ freak" who says she'll never use the bulb again, and she shared the photo to warn other moms who are all jumping right on board. I always liked that the little blue bulb was a more holistic way of treating my daughter's stuffy nose, but one look at all that mold, and I will never, ever buy one of these for a baby shower again.

But of course we're still in the midst of cold and flu season. Babies are still getting snotty noses. So what can you do to keep them comforted? Here are a few mold-free options!

Have you been using the bulb syringe for your baby's nose? What will you do now?


Image via Mitzi Johnson/Facebook

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Mildred Adams Bellah

i clean my babes out after each use with hot soapy water ...... common sense

Pinkmani Pinkmani

My dad used his mouth to suck the snot out of my nose. 

craft... craftycatVT

Guess what else gets cleaned with hot soapy water-- those squeezable plastic/rubber bath toys. You don't even want to know how much mildew can grow in those too. What matters is how much moisture gets trapped in those things.

Meesh... Meesh5418

Nos frida's snot sucker.  So much better and easier.

Flori... Floridamom96

Clean it with vinegar.

the4m... the4mutts

I use the clear one with the removable bulb. You take it off, wash it, let it air dry. You can see if its too dirty, and even use a bottle brush to scrub the bulb. Problem solved.

worms... wormspoop

@Mildred, so did the mom. That's actually what caused it, unless you can take it apart and dry it, it will eventually mold. I clean all of my sons bath toys with vinegar. I never used the bulb thing, it always made me nervous, lol.

nonmember avatar Amy k

Nosefrida. Boom. Done.

Laura... LauraSheriff143

I have a Safety 1st brand bulb syringe that has a little plug on the bottom of it. Completely comes apart and you can clean it.

cleo015 cleo015

I second the Nos frida. Best thing out there.

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