The cold and flu season is really kicking into high gear. Coughs and sniffles are likely unwelcome guests in your home, especially if you have children in school or day care. Runny noses, uncovered coughs and sneezes, and unwashed hands are invitations to get sick.
Because colds are the result of a virus, there’s no cure. According to the American Academy of Pediatrics, antibiotics may used to combat some symptoms but caution against giving medication to children under two years old.
Children who are suffering from nasal congestion should clean the nasal passages using a saline rinse. A neti pot or similar sinus rinses can be effective although possibly messy and unpleasant for a youngster and you can find products that have essential oils added to make the treatment more pleasant while moisturizing nasal passages. The additional moisture will help preserve the natural protectants in your child’s nose.
Show your child how to safely and carefully insert the nasal spray bottle into her nose and to distribute the spray effectively. Make sure she uses a tissue to wipe her nose afterwards and, of course, wash hands afterwards.
Non-medicated nasal saline sprays can be used frequently throughout the day to provide relief but consult with your pediatrician about how often it can be used.