Ooohh! I can’t stand seeing a child with a runny nose and snot just oozing down his face and clumping up on his top lip. And it gets worse when he takes the back of his hand wipes it across his cheek leaving a streak of yellow snot glue – or he sticks his tongue out and snatches it into his mouth like a frog catching a fly. YUCK!!
If he’s two and under, he can’t help it. That’s when you know it may be time for the dreaded task of suction. You may disagree, but I think suction is almost worse than changing a poopy. Let me tell you why …
1) It’s really a two-person job.
Once your child is old enough to walk, suctioning turns into a defensive sport. There is kicking, throwing blows, and wrestling involved. I prefer an extra hand – or arm even – to help me bolt my kid down so I don’t catch a foot in my stomach! My child kicks and screams and cries – before I even touch him.
2) It’s gross.
It may not smell like poop – but it’s more liquid and gooey and just GROSS!
3) It’s more frequent.
When a child has nasal issues, you have to suction more than you change a poopy. More drama, more often.
And teaching a kid to blow their nose is one of the more awkward lessons I’ve come across so far. It is sorta funny to watch them get the hang of it (their little nostrils flare as they continue to suck up while looking at you like an alien as you coach them to BLOW OUT).
There are new devices these days, but I’ve always stuck with the tried and true – the little bulb (that’s what they used in the hospital). Despite the complaints and the hardships – by both the suctioner and the suctionee – it works!
What do you use? And how the heck do YOU teach them to blow out – not suck up?
*** Little known fact: What is the area between your nose and mouth with the two vertical lines called? The philtrum!
(I just found this out on yahoo.com and I was going to use this word in my blog but figured you’d be saying – the what?!) ***