In the continuation of the series of articles about common childhood illnesses, today I offer you to learn how to stop a runny nose in your baby naturally and as fast as possible.
A runny nose is often a manifestation of a viral disease. Firstly, the body is trying thus to stop the infection in the nose (not to let it spread further – into the throat, to the lungs), and, secondly, the nasal mucosa secretes mucus that contains huge amounts of substances able to neutralize viruses. The main task of the parents is to prevent mucus from drying up. This requires, again, pure fresh air and plenty of fluid to drink. If the mucus is dry, the child will breathe with the mouth and then the mucus in the lungs will start drying up and clogging the bronchial tubes at the same time, and this is one of the main causes of inflammation in them (pneumonia).
When the room temperature is above 22 degrees Celsius, the mucus dries up very quickly.
You can help your child by moisturizing the nasal passages with the drops that make mucus more liquid. The most simple and available means is a saline solution (it is available in all pharmacies). This is an ordinary water with a small amount of salt. It is impossible to overdose on it, so you are free to apply 3-4 drops of it into each nostril every half an hour.
Ekteritsid (ectericidum) is a very good medicine. It’s an oily liquid that has weak disinfectant properties and prevents mucous membranes from drying up by covering them with a thin layer of oil. For this purpose it is reasonable to apply oily solutions of vitamin E or A (retinol and tocopherol). It doesn’t make sense to use both ekteritsid and solutions of vitamins more than once per 2 hours (1-2 drops). It is logical to combine them with the saline solution, there are no side effects. It should be emphasized once again – if the there’s a warm temperature and dry air in the room, it will be very difficult to prevent mucus form drying up whatever you do. Therefore, it is necessary to first answer the question – “What to breathe?” and only then – “How to cure?”
Never, under no circumstances use nasal antibiotics!
Never use the vasoconstrictor drops to treat an ordinary runny nose (naphazoline, galazolin, sanorin). Initially, one feels very good – mucus disappears, but he feels very bad then- rhinedema appears: the nose does not produce mucus any more, but nasal breathing is still difficult and becomes even worse. And it is necessary to use nasal drops again and again to feel better. The process is endless. Let’s remember: a runny nose is the protection. It will disappear if you don’t prevent but help it. The medications mentioned above are invented to treat a different runny nose – not an infectious but an allergic one (allergy to ragweed, for example).
And I now want to cover one more important topic that worries lots of young parents.
Runny Nose and Teething
Here’s a question of one mother and I think that lots of moms ask such questions:
“Every time my baby is teething, runny nose appears. The mucus is transparent, it is little, but none tooth has appeared without it. The doctor says it is a virus. We are a year and a month old, we have 8 teeth, so we have already had 8 viral infections. And why do they always coincide with teething?”
Indeed, teething time often coincides with the viral infections appearance. Why does it happening this way?
First of all, when a baby is 6 months old and he starts teething, his blood loses all the maternal antibodies. That is, children under 6 months of age rarely get sick with the respiratory viral infections and right after 6 months of age they start getting sick with them. It’s time to get sick, and teething starts exactly this time.
Secondly, when the baby is teething his so-called local immunity very often decreases – protective properties of mucous membrane. This in turn greatly increases the probability of a viral infection appearance. Nevertheless, one must agree that any viral infection must have some more symptoms other than runny nose. It is strange that the baby is healthy but he has a runny nose and is teething simultaneously. And here it is worth noting, and any practicing pediatrician will confirm, that a runny nose appears very often when a baby starts teething and no other viral infection symptoms appear.
What is the reason? While teething, the blood circulation in the gums increases very suddenly. And the artery that carries blood to the gums is the same artery that carries blood to the mucous membrane. So here is a correlation – the baby is teething, the blood circulation in the nose increases, the amount of mucus increases.
And it is possible to summarize: if the baby starts teething and a runny nose appears at the same time, but the overall condition of the body is good – it is a quite normal physiological runny nose associated with the teething. What to do? The actions right for any runny nose – to prevent the mucus in the nose from drying up (to moisten it, to ventilate the room, to go for a walk, to use the most ordinary saline solution to wash the nasal cavity).