Kids Can Use Nasal Rinsing to Reduce Allergies, Asthma, Congestion and Nosebleeds

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 If your child has a runny nose or nasal congestion, doing a daily saline sinus rinse can help tremendously!   With the right nasal rinsing products, even children as young as two can do sinuses rinses. 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:

  • Allergies
  • Asthma
  • 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

4 Reasons Nasal Rinsing Rocks for KLA from Robin Green on Vimeo. 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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15 comments

Sinusitis | Find Me A Cure Mar 10, 2014 09:43pm
[…] Kids Can Use Nasal Rinsing to Reduce Allergies, Asthma, Congestion and Nosebleeds […]
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As an owner of a natural healing clinic, I'm always looking for great ways to avoid giving my child medicine when she gets allergies or a cold. I'm going to attempt this method and let you know the results.
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Robin Green Apr 3, 2014 08:24pm
Hi Mathew, I totally understand your desire to find alternative ways to help you child be healthy. Let us know how it works for you!
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Krystal Bernier Apr 14, 2014 10:09pm
Great ideas and tips, I never thought of using a nasal rinse with a kid. If you can get them to do it that is :-)
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[…] pots nasal rinses or nasal sprays — simple saline, xylitol, homeopathic, or those with colloidal silver if […]
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[…] 3. The Benefits Of Nasal Rinsing For Children from Kids Love Acupuncture […]
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Thank you for sharing, children are precious and using these approaches opposed to strong medication adopted by doctors is great advice, thank you!
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color run us Sep 12, 2015 07:07pm
i read this blog . it's nice written Kids Can Use Nasal Rinsing to Reduce Allergies, Asthma, Congestion and Nosebleeds.
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Emily Porter Oct 2, 2015 09:04am
I like how you placed tips on how to make children rinse their noses. They're really creative tips, and I will definitely try them out with my kids. I agree with the things you said here, after all, prevention is better than the cure right? So before they can contract any illness, I must act fast and prevent them from any. Kudos!
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Mindy Holmes Nov 26, 2015 08:18pm
I am a mother of two. My eldest always complaining about his runny or stuffy nose. I thought that was just normal until he experienced severe sneezing that interfere with his daily life. So, I grab an over-the-counter at the drugstore. I made guesses at the cause of his allergies and half-hearted attempts to control his exposure but never get a diagnosis. Then, I realized he really needs to get proper medical evaluation and treatment.
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Thank you so much for posting this, i recently convinced my 6 year old to do it and he's been doing great. My only question is, i thought you are supposed to use distill water for this nose rinses due to bacteria in tap water. Isn't that true?
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Rachel VanDusen Dec 10, 2015 10:45am
Good question! I would recommend distilled water. I don't know about the validity of there being 'bacteria in tap water' but the additives in it may irritate the nostrils. Thanks for reaching out!
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Rachel VanDusen Dec 10, 2015 11:23am
I'm sorry to hear about your son's health concerns! I would recommend seeing a practitioner, and getting him checked out. I wish I could give better advice, but without physically evaluating him, there is little I can give in the way of advice or suggestions. Best wishes, Robin
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Jenny Susan May 23, 2017 10:59pm
I agree with the things you said here, after all, prevention is better than the cure right? So before they can contract any illness, I must act fast and prevent them from any. Thanks for share tips!
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