What is harmful for the common cold for children?
Adults refer to the common cold as a harmless disease, and often do not pay attention to it. However, this attitude is unacceptable when the disease affects the baby. The mere fact that the baby has a stuffy nose, gives him a lot of inconvenience. At this age, the baby still does not know how to breathe with the mouth consciously, so he does it instinctively, while swallowing large portions of air, as if with suffocation. As a result, the oral mucosa and pharynx dry up. In addition, in a dream the child can not breathe with the mouth.
This situation causes many problems, especially if the baby is breastfed. During feeding, the child constantly breaks away from the nipple to inhale air, and as a result - does not eat. All this is accompanied by crying, capriciousness and violation of sleep.
Also, untimely treatment of the common cold can result in negative consequences for the baby, such as inflammation of the maxillary sinuses.
What should I do if my baby has a cold?
If the baby has a stuffy nose to such an extent that he "grunts", it is urgent to take action. In this case, the algorithm for the action of the mother should be as follows:
Clean both nasal passages with cotton turundas. To make them, you need to take a piece of cotton wool and roll it like a flagellum. Then, plunging it into a vaseline oil, rotate it into the nasal passages.
Rinsing of the nasal passages with special saline solutions. When a child has a heavily stuffy nose without such sprays and drops can not be avoided. When selecting them, it is necessary to pay attention to the instruction, in which it is indicated from what age it is permissible to use them.
Since the time the rhinitis has appeared, it is necessary to remove mucus from the nose. For this, a special aspirator is usually used. If you do not have one at hand, you can use a regular rubber pear with a soft tip. It is necessary to carry out this procedure several times a day, always before bedtime, because otherwise the baby will not fall asleep.
If the nose is laid in a one-year-old child, then the physiotherapy can be added to the above treatment. So, to alleviate the condition of the child, as a local warming compress, you can use a pepper patch, which is glued directly to the bridge of the nose.
Common errors in nasal congestion in children
Quite often, parents, not knowing how to act if a month-old baby has a stuffy nose, make mistakes in the treatment process. For example, using such folk methods as drops from onion juice, instilling breast milk into the nose, only once again irritate the nasal mucosa, which in the end results in its puffiness.
It is also a common mistake to stop or reduce breastfeeding during a runny nose. If possible, it is necessary to increase the number of attachments to the chest. Excess fluid in the body only contributes to the early elimination of toxins along with urine from a small organism.
Thus, if the baby is heavily stuffy, parents should take appropriate measures to restore normal breathing as soon as possible. After all, there is a high probability that a cold will appear that will cure a cold, which is much more difficult to treat.