Frequently Asked Questions about the Baby-Vac
Is it necessary to
use a vacuum cleaner/hoover?
Yes. The secretion can not be removed from the nasal cavity or
from the facial cavities without a strong continuous suction.
The Baby-Vac can provide this gentle but strong enough
continuous suction with the power of the vacuum cleaner.
Isn't it too drastic to clean a baby's
nose with a vacuum cleaner/hoover?
it isn't as the apparatus sucks with the help of the vacuum,
but not with its strength. The apparatus adjusts the suction. Because
the vacuum makes it possible to suck continuously, the secretion
can be removed from all parts of the nose.
Isn't the child
afraid of the Baby-Vac?
depends on the child.
Some of them:
are afraid at first, mainly because of the noise from the
vacuum cleaner but they later
get used to it.
are afraid from the suction in their nose at the first time
but later on when they realised that it's not painful and they
can feel the difference before and after the suction, they
Isn't it painful to
use the Baby-Vac?
It may cause initial discomfort, but no pain.
Babies will sometimes cry even when somebody just wipes their nose even if
it isn't painful. Children usually don't like it if somebody is
cleaning their nose but an earache and other complications can
be more serious.
How often should
the Baby-Vac be used?
As often as the child sniffs or his/her nose needs to be
Baby-Vac have any side effects?
There are no side
effects as it is the same as blowing your nose. Sometimes there can be a little
blood in the secretion, the cause of this is the swollen mucous
membrane. Very often adults can see little blood in their tissue
after they blow their nose. That is normal. This is very
different from a nose bleed. With nose bleeding it is best to
contact a doctor.
The Baby-Vac cannot cause any injures inside the nose
because it cannot penetrate too deeply due to the triangle/cone shape
of the evacuator.
A child must be held during the suction especially until they
understand the reasons and feel the difference.
Is the procedure sterile enough?
The Baby-Vac doesn't need to be sterilised. It's
enough to clean the evacuator (A) by putting it into boiling
If you use it continually, it's enough to
wash the whole apparatus with hot soapy water and then rinse it.
Would the Baby
Vac work for an adult with sinus problems?
The Baby-Vac is
specially designed to remove the nasal
secretions of babies and children, however we have had very
positive feedback from adults and elders (where the lungs
capacity is too weak to blow.
When the sinus area is very inflamed
or swollen, it is very
uncomfortable and sometimes painful to blow the nose, therefore
the device could come in handy. The suction might take a few
seconds longer though.
You can raise the
suction power for adults by closing the other nostril with your
finger for 1-2 seconds while you
hold the nozzle of the device under the other nostril, then
change. You can experiment a bit, since you cannot
cause any harm or damage.
Thanks to the ENT specialist and phoniater, Dr Julianna Geller
for her help.