A mom is the most miserable when she is unable to help her sick kid. The situation becomes trickier when the kids are too young to express their discomfort in words. Yes, that’s what my life was when my fifteen-month-old boy was hospitalized, under strict observation in PICU for 48 hours. He had a face mask to help him breathe & antibiotics through the catheter in his hand. Having gone through a tough time, I don’t want any other mom to go through what I had faced, and hence, I am going to tell you the incident (what actually happened) & how can you avoid being in that situation.My kid was absolutely fine till the infection passed from me to him. He had a runny nose for a day, which I thought is fine to look over & medication can be skipped for an initial one or two days. The infection got severe on the 3rd day, only then I treated him with the antibiotics prescribed by the pediatrician. After over two days of medication, he was fine. We had a birthday party invitation & since my kid was doing well, I travelled to the party venue which was in an open garden in chilly mid-December. My son was having a good time, playing-jumping-dancing, he did everything that any child of his age would do at a birthday party. After 2 hours or so, he became a little uneasy which I sensed as he was not able to eat or swallow anything. And, after some time, he had stopped playing completely. Assuming he is tired & sleepy, I left the party & reached home. His discomfort increased after reaching home & he cried to express uneasiness. Medicines did not help him & his cough was at its worst. I rushed him to emergency only to realize no experts were available given it was a long weekend. After a few hours, he was huffing & was not able to breathe. After hopping from one hospital to another, we finally found an expert & immediately the treatment was started. Discharged after six days & under observation for one year, my kid was diagnosed with “Pediatric Asthma.”
Still, under treatment but with little discreteness, I am able to tackle his asthma. Read below how I am able to help my kid from this stuffy headed misery. I hope this can be helpful to you as well, as nasal congestion in some serious cases hinders the mental and physical growth of kids
1. Let your child rest: Keep your kid home. Don’t repeat the mistake that I did. If your kid is unwell, let them rest. It’s better to miss a birthday party or school than to visit a hospital later. The discomfort caused due to nasal congestion makes kids reach another level of crankiness. A well-rested child is less cranky
2. Beware of antibiotics that your kid is taking: Colds cannot be treated with an antibiotic since colds are caused by a virus & use of antibiotics can cause immunity to the medication. It can also lead to the spread of antibiotic-resistant bacteria
3. Do not ignore cough: My kid started coughing the same day he was infected with cold viral. The cough was severe at night since day one. “A persistent cough, particularly at night, can be a symptom of asthma” of which I was absolutely unaware of
4. Skip the cough syrup & use honey instead: Do not feed honey to kids less than one year of age. A daytime cough is fine as it can help in releasing phlegm and reduce congestion. Give one teaspoon honey to get relief from night time coughing. If coughing is persistent, please seek medical advice
5. Fight against that stuffy nose: I started using Nasivion Mini (Baby 0.01%) Nose Drops after consulting the pediatrician. It is very easy to use & helps in relieving the child for 12 hours. Do consult a pediatrician/healthcare expert before using this. Follow this easy steps for its usage:
[Administration for infants below/ up to the age of 4-weeks, instill 1 drop of the solution into each nostril 2-3 times per day. From the 5th week until the age of 1-year-old, instill 1-2 drops into each nostril 2-3 times per day or as directed by the Physician]
Step 1: Clean baby’s nose
Step 2: In a lying down position, the baby’s head should be pulled back gently, arched backward a pillow or edge of a bed.
Step 3: Squeeze dropper to apply a correct number of drops into baby’s nose.
Step 4: With the dropper inverted over the affected nostril, instill drops of the solution as per the suggested use.
Nasivion Nasal Saline Solution being the first line of treatment, as it is safe & can be used by anyone. If problems are aggravated then after consulting the doctor, one can opt for Nasivion Mini (Baby 0.01%) Nose Drops for kids below one year of age or Nasivion Pediatric (Child 0.025%) Nose Drops for children above one-year-old up to six-year-old. Make sure that you consult a doctor before using it
6. Use a humidifier: It is most helpful especially in monsoon, the mist in humidifiers can help in loosening any congestion and help your child breathe better
7. As babies & toddlers are obligatory nose breathers, when they suffer from Nasal congestion, they have difficulty in breathing & swallowing. Even breastfeeding becomes difficult in some situations disturbing their appetite. Keep them well hydrated with water or any other liquid that keeps them full & help to recover faster
7. Chronic runny nose, constant sneezing, wheezing sound while breathing, loud snoring while sleeping are some of the symptoms of nasal congestion for kids who cannot speak between the age of 0-2 years.
If I was aware of at least few of the above-listed points, I could have saved my kid from the hospital visit. It’s always good to keep yourself updated to avoid such situations
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