Allergies, head colds, sinus infections, and exposure to pollution or irritants can create havoc in your child’s sinus cavity, but using this easy, drug-free technique can soothe irritation, dryness and expel excess mucus (boogers)!
Saline sinus rinses can help improve:
- Poor sleep due to congestion
- Comfort and overall health
Benefits of nasal washing and sinus rinsing:
- Improves both nasal and sinus health
- Helps thin out secretions and help break down mucus
- Helps prevent colds and other respiratory infections if used early
- Reduces the chances of needing medications such as antibiotics, antihistamines, nasal steroids, decongestants and asthma medications
- Helps to relive nasal dryness
- May improves sense of small and taste
- May reduce nosebleeds
I know what you’re thinking…there’s no way my kid is going to want to rinse out their nose!! If your child can go underwater in a pool or the tub, they can probably do a nasal rinse.
For my own family, I use a product called NasoPure – the nicer neti. It’s a squeeze bottle that allows your child to lean over the sink while you help them squeeze the saline rinse through their nose. Easy Peasy.
The Nasopure neti is quick, easy and painless, but it does take some getting used to. It took my boys about 6 times before they could do it without any issues. Each time they rinsed their noses they were praised and rewarded!
It’s amazing how a little incentive (i.e. bribe) can help, too! Some great ways to get your kid(s) into nasal rinsing:
- You can offer your child a reward system (a sticker chart)
- Come up with a fun game by using the nasal sprayer in the shower or bathtub
- Have your child watch you do a nasal sinus rinse and make positive comments on how much better you feel
- Let them watch a online video of other children their age doing a nasal sinus rinse (like the one below)
If your child has asthma or allergies nasal rinsing regularly is the best way to give them relief. You’ll have to be consistent in your effort to assist and train your child until it’s easy for them to do. Most kids feel much better after nasal rinsing and ask to do it on their own once they get used to it!
Has Your Child Tried Nasal Rinsing? How did it go? If you have any tips to share leave them in the comments below!
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