In the first months of life, children breathe exclusively through the nose. Furthermore, for the first two to three years they are unable to blow their nose alone.
The nose becomes blocked, for example in the case of cold, and the little ones therefore experience discomfort. As results the discomfort increase especially during sleep and feedings.
Freeing up the closed nose
“This is why in these cases freeing up the closed nose with specific washes is important for their well-being”, say the specialized pediatricians.
In fact, washes make it possible to remove mucus, phlegm and any small crusts from the nose. Furthermore it helps to clean the nasal cavities from irritating substances, such as allergens, or viruses and bacteria. They also soften the mucus, facilitating an eventual aspiration.
The newborn has a stuffy nose, how to behave? Nasal washes, with what to do them?
First and foremost, you have to choose what to wash with. On the market there are practical single-dose vials of various solutions. There are physiological, thermal waters, sterilized sea water and so on. They are especially convenient when you are away from home.
The amount to be used is about 5-10 ml per nostril.
Washing should be done with room temperature solutions or just warmed (never hot). You can also produce a “do-it-yourself” salt solution at home. Made up of 90% water and 10% salt. It is enough to boil about half a liter of water (to sterilize it). Melt it in 4.5-5 grams of coarse cooking salt.
Nasal washes, how to do it?
The operation is simple:
1. Lay the child on the changing table or on the bed and slightly tilt the head to one side. Be careful not to push it backwards, otherwise the washing solution will end up in the throat, making the baby cough.
2. Gently insert the vial or syringe without needle into the nostril on the side farthest from the supporting surface. Spray the liquid gently but firmly: you will see it coming out of the opposite nostril. For example: if the child is turned to the right, you will spray the solution in the left nostril and you will see it coming out from the right side.
3. Repeat on the other side.
Especially if the child is very small and is unable to blow his nose by himself. In this case a nasal aspirator is useful, to remove mucus or secretions that have not been removed by washing. There are different models, electric or mouth. The choice is up to the family, taking into account, however, the pediatricians say that the electric models can be a little more aggressive. In fact there is a the risk of damaging the nasal mucus. It is better to use manual aspirators like Ritalia nasal aspirator. You can easily control the sucking.
Nasal washes when do you do them?
When needed, that is when the child shows an obvious discomfort due to his small nose. In addition, they are generally useful before feeding. So the nose is free when it is time to eating, and in the evening before going to sleep, to facilitate sleep.
Furthermore the nasal aspirator Ritalia is really easy to use and wash. You can really use it in every moment the baby needs.