Mucus buildup in the respiratory system in babies and small children is a frequent problem and even though mucus buildup isn’t harmful, it can be quite bothersome. We are going share some suggestions to help you to eliminate your child’s mucus once and for all.
There are some simple ways to help to stop your child’s excess mucus. These suggestions can be done three to four times a day, preferably before meals and naptime, as this will allow your baby to eat and sleep better.
Water: this is the most obvious and easiest solution, but we often forget about it. Good hydration is fundamental to help the mucus to soften and be less thick, allowing it to be expelled by coughing.
Humidity: warm dry environment tends to irritate the respiratory tract and often dries up the mucus. On the other hand, a warm, humid environment improves the mucus from being eliminated from the body.
There is no need to have a humidifier; there are some simple techniques that you can use, such as placing a glass of hot water in the room, so it naturally evaporate into the air. Also, certain care is needed with humidifiers, as they can create spores and fungus in the air that can be harmful to your children’s health.
Nasal washes: this should always be performed with your child tilted to the side and their head to the side. With a syringe or spray, apply the serum into the nasal passage that facing upwards. Then turn their head to other side and repeat the same method. A nasal wash can made up from the solutions:
Physiological serum: this is the most common solution. Vials or blister packs can be purchased at your local drug store or supermarket.
Hypertonic serum: this serum contains more salt than the physiological serum and can be purchased at drug stores. It can be used on children of all ages, including newborns.
Sea salt: just as with the hypertonic serum, it has a higher quantity of salt than water, and it can quickly dissolve your child’s mucus.
Whatever the case nasal, washes can be applied by a syringe (or by the pressure of the vial) or by spray that is sold by the drug store. These latter methods are safer to use, as they are classified according to age, correct amount to apply and the predetermined pressure, which will be less traumatic for your little child.
Nasal spray: nasal sprays are not often recommended because of their secondary effects, as they irritate the respiratory muscles and can increase the mucus buildup.
There are nasal vacuums, electrical and hand-pumped, including special tweezers to remove mucus. You should never use Q-tips or swabs to extract mucus because by a sharp movement by your children, you might accidently damage your child or push the mucus further into the nasal passage.