Warning: this post contains tales of toddler congestion and other grossness! If you’re easily grossed out by kids and the nasty things that come out of their bodies, you may want to turn back now.
As a father there’s a lot I deal with on a day-to-day basis. Most days it’s the normal kind of stuff, feeding my kids, making sure they’re dressed appropriately, helping with homework, that kind of thing. Every once in awhile there are those days when the kids aren’t feeling so great, or someone has one too many spins at the playground, or who knows. Every day is an adventure, right?
Anyway, as a father I have been peed on, pooped on, puked on, sneezed on, you name it. That includes being projectile pooped on in my bed at 6:00 am on my birthday, stripping vomit-stained sheets off a bed in the middle of the night, and a whole host of other things you probably don’t want to hear about. For the most part, that stuff doesn’t bother me. It’s all part of taking care of my children, and while it may not be the most glamorous thing in the world, I do it because I love my kids and I don’t want to see them miserable. There is one thing that grosses me out every time…boogers. And when it comes to boogers, there’s nothing worse than toddler congestion to make me run for the hills.
I don’t know what it is, but when the kids are stuffed up or have a runny nose, and I’ve got to clean it up, it turns my stomach. I get some relief now with the older kids because they can mostly take care of it themselves, but with the toddler, she can’t help it when she’s sick and needs some nasal relief. Just thinking about it to write this is turning my stomach (Blech!). We’ve used boogie wipes and those bulb aspirator things they give you at the hospital, but when we were stocking up on stuff before the new baby we came across an invention that makes me wanna hurl.

Have you seen FridaBaby, the Swedish nasal aspirator that works wonders for baby and toddler congestion?
toddler congestion - NoseFrida
This thing was invented by a doctor in Sweden and is more effective than the traditional bulb aspirator. To use it, you simply insert the nostril cover into your child’s backed up nose and gently suck the offending boogies out. A disposable “booger catcher” keeps the offending material from traveling up the hose and down your throat.
tales from the dad side - NoseFrida diagram
Whether we bought one or got one as a gift, we have one of these devices. This is where my love draws the line. My wife has used it once or twice and says it works really well. (She even brought it out to show her cousin last weekend and sang its praises once again.) There is, however, a pretty well established division of labor when it comes to sickness in my house. Whenever possible, my wife doesn’t deal with puke, and I don’t suck boogers through a hose. While most people say they would do anything for their children, I just can’t do this.
Don’t get me wrong though, I know this super straw works, and I know it’s more effective than just about anything else available, but I just can’t bring myself to do it. Toddler congestion is bad enough but thinking about using my own suction to get rid of that congestion…*shudders*
What about you? Is there anything gross where you just draw the line? Is there a point where the love of your children has a limit?

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