Last updated: December 27, 2022, 18:09 IST
Before giving any medication to your toddler, you need to try some home remedies first.
It may be easier for your child to cough up phlegm when it is diluted with water or other liquids.
A stuffy nose can be quite frustrating. Imagine being unable to smell a delicious plate of biryani due to nasal congestion – very annoying. Aside from not being able to enjoy food, someone with a stuffy nose may also complain of trouble sleeping. This condition worsens in children. According to a report by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), children under the age of five are more likely to get colds and nasal congestion. Since their immunity is already weak, you need to pay special attention to your child’s stuffy nose, as this can lead to serious problems later.
Before giving any medication to your toddler, you need to try some home remedies first. Here are a few home remedies that might come in handy when treating your child’s stuffy nose:
consumption of liquids
It may be easier for your child to cough up phlegm when it is diluted with water or other liquids. If your little one is suffering from a fever accompanied by a stuffy nose, then you can get them to drink plenty of fluids. It will also be beneficial to avoid dehydration. If your child gets fussy about drinking water, let them drink the liquid in whimsical mugs and cups.
inhalation of steam
A toddler can breathe more easily and shed thick mucus in a warm, humid environment than in a cold one. Consider bathing your baby in warm water before bedtime. Next, get her out of the tub, turn up the temperature of the shower, and close the bathroom door. Sit with your little one and let the steam fill the room. Note, however, that the temperature should not be so high that your child finds it difficult to breathe.
change sleeping position
A stuffy nose in children usually gets worse during the night. When lying down, the sinuses cannot empty as quickly. Some children with blockages sleep at night with their mouths open. They also tend to feel thirsty. To relieve congestion symptoms, as a parent, you can have your child sleep with their head elevated on a couple of pillows, or have them sleep in an even more upright position on a lounge chair.
A humidifier, especially one that gives off a cooling mist, is responsible for keeping the air moist. This can reduce congestion in your child and relieve a dry cough, especially at night. Put a humidifier in the child’s room and make sure that the device stays clean.
Who doesn’t love a bowl of delicious chicken soup? Your child will love this dish when suffering from a stuffy nose. According to Medical News Today, chicken soup may reduce upper respiratory tract inflammation in children, which would slowly ease the symptoms of a constipated cold.
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