I'm not sure what to make of the BabyVac, so beguilingly described by Greg at Daddy Types. Apparently you hook the thing up to your vacuum cleaner, stick it in your kid's nostril, and sluuuuuuurp, no more snot.
I shudder as I write this.
Give me a nasal aspirator (the one that came in the newborn swag bag from the hospital), some saline drops and Vicks Vaporub, and I'm good to go.
Lucinda at Suburban Turmoil has another tip:
When my toddler woke up a few days ago with a chest cough, I took out my anxiety in the drugstore aisles, buying up everything I could find that might help her get better. Included in my overloaded basket was the new SudaCare Children's Nighttime Vapor-Plug. It's a plug-in that releases nasal cavity-opening vapors like eucalyptus for eight straight hours. [I know what you're thinking. It plugs into a wall outlet, not the kid's nose. — Ed.]
I was skeptical about the powers of the Vapor Plug, but what the hell? My baby was sick and she needed relief, dammit. I used the Vapor Plug in conjunction with a humidifier and I have to say that the next morning, she was farther along on the road to recovery than she usually is on day two. I don't have any scientific proof that the Vapor Plug was responsible but I am wishing I was an old fishwife right now, because I'd have one heck of an advice tip to pass along to the villagers.
Another advantage was that the room smelled great. All diaper pail traces were completely eliminated. I'd actually recommend the Vapor Plug for parents and kids alike. And no, I'm not sleeping with Mr. Sudafed.