Relieve nasal congestion in children

Relieve nasal congestion in children

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As our children get older, it is important that we let's instill some habits. Not only at the level of behavior, food or hygiene; if not, it is also very important to teach them to perform proper nasal hygiene when they are congested.

We, as adults, will be by their side to help them with the task, but teaching them to do it the right way will prevent colds and allergies from becoming complicated; harming the child and also the adult.

Below we describe some Physiotherapy techniques to relieve nasal congestion in children.

1. Retrograde Rhinopharyngeal Drainage: It helps us to clean the most posterior nasal area. We stand up, head slightly tilted back. We put physiological saline in one of the nostrils and breathe in quickly and deeply, while we press the opposite nostril. We repeat on the opposite side. Next, we cough and spit out the secretions.

2. Sounding Technique: It is important to blow ourselves in the correct way so that the nasal passages empty. If we press both nostrils forcing the murmur, we mobilize little nasal content and increase intracranial pressure. The correct way is by pressing a nostril, leaving the opposite free; repeating the technique on both sides. In this way, the emptying is more complete.

3. Nasal Sinus Drainage: Lying on our side, we press the nostril that stays up and we do fast nasal exhalations; When we notice the decongestion, we clean with a paper and repeat on the other side.

4. Humidification: It is advisable before performing any type of decongestion technique, the realization of steam or inhalations of water vapor, alone or accompanied by soothing agents (eg Menthol).

5. Correct cough pattern: It is important to differentiate between unproductive cough, which is the one we must try to eliminate (antitussives) and productive cough, which is what helps us to expel mucus. To achieve an adequate cough, we will take a deep inspiration (the larynx closes and the abdominal muscles contract), followed by a cough that drags the mucus from the trachea and bronchi.

6. Technique of Increased Expiratory Flow: It is used when when coughing we notice that mobilize secretions. We sit relaxed, taking air through our noses and let them out slowly through our mouths without pressing our lips (as if we were steaming in a mirror); we repeat about 40 times and try to cough correctly. We can repeat it several times, resting between repetitions; as long as we continue to notice the secretions.


- Hold the breath through the nose and avoid breathing through the mouth. Nasal breathing is the first defense mechanism, it humidifies and warms the air.

- Maintain the hydration.

- Sneeze without fear to make noise. It is advisable to keep your mouth open, properly protected by a handkerchief to avoid possible infections.

- Try to respect the recovery times that our body needs; is very rest important.

- In case the secretions persist; go to a Physiotherapist specialist in Respiratory Physiotherapy so that you can alleviate that annoying nasal congestion in children.

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Video: Booger (July 2022).


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