It certainly looks like an instrument of torture, doesn’t it?
In fact when I was a young child, I remember seeing one of those in our bathroom (and mercifully the memories of it having been used upon me blanked out) and thinking that something that looked like that could only be used for nefarious purposes.
It is bad enough to have a baby/young child with a cold.
What makes it ten times worse is that you have to use the bulb to suck out the mucous, and in doing so, the child in question screams bloody murder and is obviously quite certain that you are trying to suck out their brains.
At least that is certainly what my daughter was thinking as I would approach with the bulb, and the terror in her eyes was enough to make your heart melt. However, the only option other than not suctioning is that they can’t breathe, so the choice is obvious. Heartless mama that I am, I would have to pin her little arms down else she would try to push my hands away. I in no way blamed her, and that must make it all the more traumatic that your mother is purposefully putting you in a chinlock and attempting to remove your brains from your head via your nose.
After one such session, which resulted in screams and tears heard ’round the block, I came out of the room and made a feeble joke about our neighbors thinking we are horrible parents. My husband looked at me and said, “Forget the neighbors, I almost called Child Services on you myself.”