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A nasal congestion occurs when the blood vessels in the nose become inflamed or when excessive mucus is produced, the nose becomes congested and breathing becomes difficult, resulting in a runny nose, difficulty sleeping, tiredness when walking, and headaches.
This problem can be caused by colds, colds, sinus infections, or respiratory allergies and usually goes away after a week. Nasal decongestants such as Sorine or antiallergic drugs that contain brompheniramine, for example, should only be used with guidance and a doctor’s prescription as they can worsen nasal congestion.
However, there are some homemade measures that will help expose your nose, such as:
1. Wash your nose with warm water and salt
This technique removes excess mucus and secretions from the sinuses and helps keep your nose congested. Because the solution contains salt, it also eliminates bacteria that could impair secretion production.
As this can cause mild discomfort, washing is usually not used by children as it is more convenient for adults. Nasal irrigation can be done with a special device called a narin, which can be purchased at any pharmacy or online. To know how to do this nasal rinse, see: How to Open Your Nose.
2. Inhale steam with eucalyptus
This is a great technique that doesn’t cause discomfort, so it can be used on children under adult supervision. While the steam fluidizes the secretion and the eucalyptus has a decongestant effect, it helps to clog the nose.
For inhalation, it is enough to put 3 drops of the essential eucalyptus oil in a bowl with 500 ml of boiling water and inhale the steam for about 5 minutes. Place a bath towel over your head to keep the steam in place.
3. Moisten the area
By humidifying the air, the tissues of the airways are hydrated and less irritated. This will ease the discomfort and make it easier to remove secretions. To properly humidify the air, you can use humidifiers, for example, or put a damp towel or bucket of hot water in the room.
4. Drink 2 to 3 liters of water a day
Water is very important in keeping secretions more fluid and easy to remove. In addition to drinking water, you can also drink teas, eat gelatin, eat natural juices or soups.
5. Eat foods that are high in vitamin C.
Vitamin C is a substance that stimulates and strengthens the immune system. In this way, the body avoids colds and flu or recovers faster and prevents the nose from being covered for long.
Some of the foods that can be eaten are for example pineapple, orange, lemon, strawberries, kiwi fruit or tangerine.
How can you tell the baby’s nose?
Nose congestion in babies is very common due to the small diameter of their nostrils, which can cause discomfort as they do not know how to get rid of mucus in order to breathe better.
To unblock the baby’s nose, you can do the following:
- Use physiological saline to wash the baby’s nails or even the seawater available in pharmacies by putting a few drops on one of the nostrils and sucking it with a nasal aspirator as the pictures show;
- Perform a gentle massage from the top of the nose to the bottom;
- Place a raised pillow under the baby’s mattress for easy breathing;
- Take the baby to the bathroom and keep the shower open with warm water.Keep the bathroom door and window tightly closed to prevent steam from leaking out. By breathing in this water vapor, the secretion becomes more fluid and the child has more opportunities to blow their nose if they or the parents can clean their nose.
Eucalyptus aromatherapy should not be used in children as it can lead to bronchitis. If the ambient air is very dry, it is recommended that you use a humidifier or leave a damp cloth in the baby’s room. Avoid buckets to avoid accidents.