October 1st, 2013

BROOKMCHUGHBy Brook McHugh, M.D.Pediatric Alliance, Chartiers/McMurray Division


I’m sure every parent can agree that stuffy noses in babies are incredibly frustrating. As a parent and a pediatrician, I’ve tried everything: bulb syringe, nasal saline, battery powered nasal suction… and the list goes on.  Recently, a mother of one of my patients told me about the NoseFrida.  My daughter was currently in the midst of an upper respiratory tract infection, so I figured I’d give it a try.  Here is the manufacturer’s description:

NoseFrida The Snotsucker, the doctor-developed and doctor-recommended nasal aspirator is the new standard in keeping babies naturally snot free. Ingeniously simple Swedish design features a tube that is placed against the nostril (not inside). Parents use their own suction to draw mucus out of their child’s nose. Disposable filters prevent any bacterial transfer. NoseFrida is easy to clean, dishwasher safe, and BPA and phthalate-free. It is superior to the bulb aspirator, presents no risk or harm to internal nasal structures and is dramatically more efficacious.




You know what?  It worked great!  I can’t say my daughter really liked it any better than the bulb syringe, but it was highly effective at clearing out her stuffy nose.  However, it has one major drawback.  The disposable filters prevent bacterial transfer; however, it is not going to protect against viral transfer.  It sure is a good thing your child’s snot cannot enter your mouth with this device, but you are still inhaling microscopic droplets with respiratory virus directly into your lungs, so you are bound to get sick too.  If you figure that you would probably get their cold anyway, then this device is probably worth a try.

The NoseFrida can be purchased at most baby stores for about $15.


(Editor’s Note:  It’s amazing the things we learn from the parents of our patients! You help make us be better pediatricians, but also better parents for our own children!  Nevertheless, Pediatric Alliance and The PediaBlog do not advertise or endorse specific retail products.)


(Image: fridababy.com)

3 Responses to Product Review: The NoseFrida

  1. Sounds neat—I am going to recommend it—-where does the name “Frida” come from?

  2. From a Facebook Reader: “Love the nose frida, although my daughter wasn’t amazed. Anything to help the littles!”

  3. Comment on Facebook: “Nose Frida is awesome!”


    Ned Ketyer, M.D.

    Ned Ketyer, M.D.

    Dr. Ketyer has special interests in developmental pediatrics and preventative medicine, specifically how nutrition and the environment affect health. He earned his bachelor’s degree from the University of Vermont and his medical degree from Northwestern University Medical School. He completed his residency at Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh.

    As one of the founding physicians of Pediatric Alliance, PC, Dr. Ketyer served as its president from 1997-2004. He has been practicing general pediatrics at Pediatric Alliance since 1990. Dr. Ketyer and his wife have three boys and live in Pittsburgh's South Hills. 

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