Selective hearing loss is what we all laugh about – times when your child chooses to ignore you. However, true hearing loss is no laughing matter, the consequences of which can be long lasting and heartbreaking. We are talking about hearing abilities but “Did you know that the ears are connected directly to your nose?” The most common loss of hearing starts with the nose!
The onset of monsoons triggers the viral and bacterial infections. Sinuses are air filled cavities located in the face, bones around the nose, cheeks and forehead and when this sinus gets infected; it results in the blockage of this pathway.
Moving ahead from the science and anatomy, all of this leads to extreme crankiness, loss of appetite, sleepless nights and whole of lot of stress to the parents and caregivers especially when it comes down to seeing your little one look to you for relief in so much discomfort.
My son who is now 3, was down with cold and coughs initially every month. I still get sleepless nights thinking about those sleepless nights! However, at that time, and even now, my go-to medicine is Nasivion® Paediatric (Child) Nose Drops. The dosage being as follows: One drop in each nostril up to the age of 4 weeks, 4th week upto 1 year- 1 drop in each nostril 2-3 times a day; as directed by our physician. Nasivion (baby) drops can be saviors till the age of 1 if prescribed post consultation with your pediatrician, especially since the babies are obligatory nose breathers in the early year.
As the little ones grow up, they are in better control and can switch to breathing from their mouth, however, the stress is no less. My son’s birthday comes in the rainy season and as expected it is followed by a season of cold!
We then switched to Nasivion (Pediatric) drops for instant relief, as it was a regular case of infection triggered again and again in the wet season.
Although there a lot of products on the shelf, there are some home-remedies as well which can be convenient for the mothers:-
1. Give lots of fluids like formula or breastmilk to infants. Older kids can be served soups and hot beverage (without caffeine of course)
2. Use a cool-mist humidifier if the air is dry. Help your kids sit in steam while running a hot shower or use a hot compress by soaking a towel in warm water, squeezing the excess water and using it to cover your kid’s nose and forehead.
3. Kids older than a year can be given ½ to 1 tbsp of honey to treat congestion. You should never give honey to kids younger than 1 as it contains botulinum spores which the baby’s intestines isn’t immune to.
There are some don’ts to be kept in mind for your infants and toddlers:-
1. Don’t have your child around anyone who smokes.
2. Avoid giving your kids beverages that cause dehydration like ice tea, coffee, tea, some soft drinks.
3. Avoid over-the-counter medicines for children under 3 years and always consult a doctor before giving any medicine (if required)
4. Don’t share cups, glasses and utensils with the kids especially during cold and flu season.
5. Don’t give herbal remedies as they are ineffective in cases of children and may cause a skin rash.
Nasal congestion is the most common disease but symptoms that go over two weeks require major attention. The child may experience discomfort since nose is the only way through which they breathe and nasal congestion can make them cranky and moody. Games and outings prove to be a good distraction. Talking to them and singing to them is enough to stimulate them. No need to avoid outings unless it’s cold outside. Do give extra TLC to the infant by keeping soft and cushioned things around them, give them a gentle tummy massage, distract them or take professional help from a doctor.
Finally, do remember that you can’t make the cold magically disappear or soothe their uncomfortable situation immediately, Try to remain calm and accept the fact that healing takes time!
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