It’s hard watching your child suffer or in discomfort when it’s within your capabilities to make things better. One of such situations is watching your little one stuggle to breathe from a congested nose. They are too young to blow the nose by themselves so get stuck with a blocked one. I have seen quite a number of mothers suck the catarrh out of their when they could take the situation no longer. But should you do this? How healthy is sucking the snot out of a child’s nose?
What You Should Know….
A lot of health practioners strongly discourage mothers or anyone else from this practice as, not only is it unhygienic, it also posses some health risks to you. Since cold is caused by bacteria you could contact these from the cattarh being sucked out. They, instead, recommended these trusted and hygienic ways to get your child’s nose cleared up in no time:
1. Nose Suction
A suction works just the same way and will get get the snot out in no time. It will give your child the relief he craves while keeping you healthy.
Heat will also help loosen congestion in your child nose. Place some mentholathum or a few drops of eucalyptus oil into a bucket of water in the bathroom and sit in there with your child for 10-15 minutes.
3. Give Orange or Lemon Juice
Orange and lemon come packed with vitamin C which is just what your child needs. This nutrient will boost his immune system and help fight the cold.
4. Saline Nose Drops
You can also put a few drops of saline nose drops into the affected nostril to get it cleared and the child breathing properly again.
Honey is antibacterial, antioxidant, and helps boost the immune system. Mix 2-3 teaspoons of it into a glass of lemon juice or warm water and give to your child to drink every few hours. You should however, only give honey to your child if above one year as honey given to babies causes botulism which could be fatal.
This is yet another potent remedy for blocked nose. Ginger is antibacterial, antiviral, and anti-inflammatory which will help rid your child’s sysyem of the flu-causing microbes.
Squeeze a few drops of breastmilk into each nostrils and it will de-congest in no time