Runny nose in children
Runny nose is a common condition among children. This typically occurs once the nasal cavity is occupied with plenty of mucus fluid and may vary from clear to white or yellow to green.
Runny nose is a symptom of common cold but it can also be caused by crying or exposure to cold temperatures and irritants. Runny nose can also cause fever, irritability, sore throat, sneezing, cough and stomach upset. A child can also have disturbance in sleeping and loss of appetite.
Treatment for runny nose
- Use saline solution to loosen the mucus and makes it easier to expel. It also clears the nasal passages of irritants and for easy breathing. Prepare a cup filled with boiled water and mix with ¼ teaspoon of table salt. Mix them well until salt is completely dissolved and then put a few drops of the solution into one nostril while tipping the head backwards. Using a bulb syringe, suck out the mucus while closing the other nostril with a finger. Perform the same procedure with the other nostril for at least 3 times every day.
- Inhaling steam minimizes discomfort caused by runny nose since it eliminates excess mucus that causes sneezing and dripping. It also makes the affected child sleep better which is needed for fast healing of the condition. Make the bathroom steamy by turning the shower in full hot setting and let the affected child sit inside the bathroom and let him/her inhale the steam for at least 10-15 minutes at 2-3 times every day. For older children, a facial steamer can be used. In a bowl filled with hot water, cover the head of the child using a towel and let him/her breathe the steam for at least 5-10 minutes and let the child blow his/her nose. Perform this remedy several times every day.
- In a bathtub filled with warm water, add 4-5 drops of eucalyptus oil. Let the child soak in the bath for at least 10 minutes for 2 times every day.
- In a glass filled with warm water, add 1-2 teaspoons of raw honey. Allow the child to drink this solution at least 2 times every day.
- Give the child chicken soup since it improves the functioning of the immune system and prevents infections of the upper respiratory tract.
- If the child has fever with runny nose, give him/her a cool bath or sponge bath to regulate the temperature of the body. For young infants below than 1 year, provide a sponge bath at least 2-3 times every day and for older children, a cool bath at least 1-2 times every day. Avoid using very cold water since it can make the body temperature rise.
- Take plenty of fluids to prevent dehydration.