What should you do when your little one is having a nasal congestion? This becomes really a challenging question for a mother whose kid is under the age of 4. Generally, babies and toddlers catch a cold and cough more often because their immunity is getting developed to fight against the viruses. Furthermore, if it is the monsoon season, then the probability becomes high.
Although the treatments available for nasal congestion is limited for kids under the age of 4, it is good to understand the causes behind nasal congestion first before looking up for a remedy.
CAUSES OF NASAL CONGESTION
Nasal congestion or a stuffy nose is a common condition among babies and toddlers as they are more susceptible to viral infections. The causes of nasal congestion can vary. It is caused due to the inflammation of the sensitive membranes of the nasal cavity which can be a result of a common cold, flu, a change in the climatic conditions, allergies, etc. However, nasal congestion is not a matter to worry about, still in serious condition, it hinders the mental and the physical growth of a baby.
SIGNS OF NASAL CONGESTION
Nasal congestion is more troublesome for the babies and toddlers as they are obligatory nose breathers. It does not allow a baby to sleep peacefully making him sleep deprived and drowsy throughout the day. Your baby will behave more agitated and cranky and may also have trouble in feeding and your toddler may avoid eating food.
Along with, some other typical signs and symptoms of nasal congestion are:
● A runny nose.
● The possibility of fever.
REMEDIES TO NASAL CONGESTION
There are many good and safe remedies to moisten the nasal passage. However, for the babies under the age of 1-year, nasal aspirators are recommended to use as babies find difficulty in breathing. The other safe and effective ways to get relief from nasal congestion in babies and toddlers are mentioned as below:
● Saline drops: This is the safest way to get relief from the congested nose. Saline drops are used for cleaning nasal cavity and is based on salt ingredients which are safe for baby’s sensitive nose. These nasal drops are easily available in every medical store. One of a good product in saline drops is Nasivion Saline Nasal Solution, which can be used by both adults and kids.
Directions to use Nasivion - (consult your pediatrician before using the product)
● for 0-1 years : Nasivion® Mini 0.01% Nose Drops - Up to the age of 4 weeks, instill 1 drop of the solution into each nostril 2-3 times per day. From the 5th week of life until the age of 1 year, instill 1-2 drops into each nostril 2-3 times per day or as directed by the physician.
● for 1-6 years : Nasivion® Child 0.025% Nose Drops - 1-2 drops into each nostril 2-3 times per day or as directed by the physician.
● Humidifier: A humidifier that releases cold-mist is a safe option for your baby or a toddler who is suffering from nasal congestion. However, a proper attention has to be given while placing this humidifier, so that your baby may not touch it.
● More liquids for your kid: If your baby is older than 6 months of age, then encourage your baby to drink more water, as it will allow the mucus to get loosen. Remember, do not force your baby to drink more water; let him drink as per to his requirements.
● Blow the nose: If your child is old enough to understand how to blow their nose, then teach him. Do not forget to clean his nose with fresh water afterwards.
Nasal congestion in babies and toddlers cannot be avoided, but to minimise the risk, it is good to wash your hands and of your child frequently to avoid infectious contact.
Remember, never give any decongestants or cold medicines to the babies or children under the age of 4 years and consult your pediatrician before using the product.
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