Greggy’s Neti Pot Experience
So why is this thing called Neti pot?
Neti means “the practice of nasal irrigation”, that’s why!
Many people use it on a daily basis to keep their sinuses clean, relieve nasal dryness, reduce pollen & allergens in the nasal passages, remove excess mucus, dust and other irritants.
If you have not read my previous post and have no idea why my son uses this weird-looking thing, feel free to read it here if you’re interested. Please note that I am also not paid to write about this product nor got this for free (although I wish I did! LOL.) I bought the whole kit for 1,530 pesos at Healthy Options. I seriously think it’s pricey (Neti pots are cheaper in the U.S), but it works! So who cares? I just hope my son wouldn’t break this pot too soon because he usually doesn’t get along with anything breakable. Haha!
I am sharing this post for the benefit of those loving parents who care enough to go the extra mile in making sure that their kids get the best option for treating or preventing allergies, instead of depending on over-the-counter medicines that usually don’t work. Dr. Oz, the celebrity doctor, says using a neti pot is more effective than medication because it mechanically cleans out the problem –the natural way! (Check out these articles from Oprah’s website:
Now that being said, let me share with you my son’s experience using his Neti pot.
My son has had allergies for a long time. We noticed that symptoms (watery eyes, runny and itchy nose) occur only at night and upon waking up in the morning. Then it just disappears a few hours after waking up. This happens to him every single day and it pains us to see him suffer a lot – sneezing endlessly, twitching and picking his nose, sniffing, scratching his eyes, etc. We used to give him antihistamines, but it didn’t work all the time.
So when I picked up the Neti pot last Wednesday night, my son used it the next day. It was his dad who assisted him with it because I was busy documenting his whole Neti pot experience. Hehe. At first, my son was hesitant to try it. So we had to explain to him again how nasal irrigation works, that it would flush out dirt from his nose and he would feel better afterward. We reassured him that it’s not a painful process because we are just cleaning his nose, etc. He got convinced and finished the whole cleansing process. Good job, Greggy!!!
There were times that he would pause and tell us he felt like drowning but there was no pain whatsoever. My conclusion? It just happens when he stops breathing through his mouth, so we constantly remind him to make sure he keeps his mouth open and breathe through it each time he uses his Neti pot.
I know doing this takes practice, but I am positive that he’d get used to it in no time.
Now here’s the good news! *drum roll, please…*
That Thursday morning when he used his neti pot for the very first time? A miracle happened.
READ THIS: He hasn’t had any allergy attacks since then!!! I couldn’t believe it! No itchy nose, no sneezing, no watery eyes since that day! OMG!
On Sunday, he used his neti pot again (2nd time). The weather was really bad and we feared that he would have an allergy attack when we went out — but he didn’t! How cool is that???!
And today, Monday, his allergy hasn’t gone back!
I know his allergies would still come back once in a while, but I feel so much better knowing that we won’t see him suffering every night or every day. What a relief!
- Prepare the Saline solution in your Neti pot. Mix 1/4 teaspoon of Saline salt solution into 1 cup of lukewarm water until it is fully dissolved. Never use HOT or COLD water. Rinsing your nose without salt is also a big no-no. It is very painful according to this article I read online.
- Tilt your head to the side.
- Insert the sprout of the Neti pot gently into the raised nostril.
- Raise the Neti pot slowly to develop a steady flow of saline water. Once you get the proper angle, the water will flow easily from the upper nostril and out the lower nostril. It takes a little bit of practice though.
- Breathe through your mouth during the whole process.
- Blow your nose and wipe it with clean cloth. Do not sniff.
- Do the same process with your other nostril.
Since I like documenting important moments in my kids’ lives, I shot videos of my son doing his 2nd nasal wash. (2nd because like I said on my previous post, the video and pictures I took the first time he did this got deleted.)
For the record, many people do this practice on a daily basis. And just like our precious toothbrush, you can’t share your Neti pot with anyone else. I am all for saving every penny, but please don’t do it at the expense of your own hygiene and health!