A stuffy nose in a child - first aid, effective methods

A stuffy nose in a child it's nothing nice. Makes the toddler become irritable, nervous and sometimes deprived of energy. It begins to breathe through the mouth, which facilitates the penetration of various pathogens into the body. In addition, a stuffy nose worsens the quality of sleep. The child has trouble falling asleep, often wakes up at night, may snore and have sleep apnea. Fortunately, the problem usually disappears after a few days, only sometimes it indicates more serious reasons. How to unclog a child's nose? How can you make your toddler breathe easier?

A stuffy nose in a child - causes

A stuffy nose in a child is usually a sign of viral infection. The child has a cold, has a cold, is harder to breathe. The unpleasant symptom disappears after a few days. To relieve your child, it's worth using symptomatic methods to fight infection, as follows.

However, sometimes the problem is a bit more serious. Despite the passage of time, it does not disappear, but it gets worse, the child begins to habitually breathe through the mouth, has a problem with emptying the nose, coughing in the evening and at night. The reason may not be infection but allergy, hay fever and irritated nasal mucosa.

Often, a stuffy nose in a child also accompanies enlarged third tonsil.

So if your baby's stuffy nose is not just a symptom of infection or if it's a symptom that often occurs, it's worth going to ENT specialist. The specialist will examine the child and assess whether the problem is not abnormal nasal structure, or if the child does not have an enlarged tonsil. A specialist doctor will be able to recommend more effective drugs than over-the-counter remedies. For example, he may recommend nasal corticosteroids (steroids) in the form of a spraywhich have anti-inflammatory properties, allow you to shrink the mucosa and remove the problem with a stuffy nose.

What about a stuffy nose in a child?

Management of a stuffy nose in a child should aim at nasal drainage, removal of secretions and to facilitate breathing. You can do this in many ways:

  • use saline and sea water in the form of nasal sprays that facilitate the removal of runny nose,
  • use (up to 4 days due to side effects) decongestants of the nasal mucosa - containing oxymetazoline - Nasivin, Acatar, Oxalin,
  • use inhalations using a nebulizer or a hot bowl of herbal water - with eucalyptus oil, peppermint oil,
  • lubricate the child's area with marjoram ointmentwhich makes breathing easier
  • increase the share of zinc in the child's diet. Zinc facilitates mucosal contraction and shortens the time of illness. Zinc is available in pumpkin seeds, sesame, legumes and brassica,
  • increase the amount of vitamin C in your dietwhich strengthens immunity and shortens the time of illness,
  • ventilate rooms oftenin which the child resides,
  • if the child has no fever go on a walk,
  • give to the child a lot of fluids, which will facilitate the removal of residual secretions,
  • give the child warm water with honey,
  • offer your child a bath that makes breathing easier,
  • you can put a child a warm compress on the forehead and on the bridge of the nose,
  • put the child higher to sleep to facilitate breathing.

If a runny nose and nasal congestion occur for more than 4-5 days, see a doctor.