You may remember my articles about RSV and Flu. The poor unfortunate souls with these viral illnesses make an adult amount of snot in little tiny kid spaces. Then, they can’t get all that goo out and are miserable and at risk for secondary infections. Wouldn’t it be nice if there was something you could do to get all that snot out??
Sure, the blue bulb has its place (in the trash can if you want my humble opinion). It tends to get stuck up against the side of the nasal mucosa and just makes the swelling and congestion worse. Not to mention, it gets super gross and moldy since you can’t easily clean it out. Then there’s the NoseFrida, and other nasal suctioning devices. These are awesome, again, my opinion. They create a better vacuum seal in the nostril, and really can get more mucous out, when they’re used frequently and correctly. But even these guys can’t get it all.
I am somewhat neurotic. For those of you who know me, this is not news to you. But, when my oldest son was sick I probably used an entire bottle of nasal saline and 3-4 Nose Frida filters over the course of about a week. I suctioned that sweet boy’s nose every hour, religiously, and still couldn’t keep up with the snot production.
KidMed has a solution. We would like to offer a suction clinic. Some kids just need a little extra help, and that’s ok. We can use nasotracheal suctioning and REALLY get the snot out. It’s a very small, flexible tube that goes up the nose to suck out the goo you can’t reach at home.
It sounds and looks a little barbaric; especially when it’s your baby lying on the bed, terribly unhappy about the straw up his or her nose. But, removing all the extra mucous ensures your child’s airway is open and ready for oxygen exchange, which is really quite important. It also causes your child to cough and clear the extra mucous building up in the lower airways and lungs. The most common side effects of nasotracheal suctioning are mad babies, gagging and or vomiting, and bloody nose.
Here are the KidMed Suction Clinic specifics:
- We can only provide this suction clinic service as a subsequent visit within 5 days of your child’s diagnosis from KidMed.
- It is best to come between 3:00 and 6:00 as this tends to be a less busy time.
- This is a “nurse visit,” so you will not be charged for a full urgent care visit, unless your child requires additional assessment or treatment.
We hope this helps ease the burden of RSV and Flu for you and your family, this season.