Blowing your nose may seem like the most natural thing to do for an adult. But have you ever given thought to how your child clears her nose? Read on to know more
By Dr Chaitali Laddad
If your child has a cold due an allergy or an infection, she may have a blocked nose. Blowing one’s nose is the best way to clear a blocked nose. But have you realised that your child may not be familiar with the concept? If you think your child has a stuffy nose that needs clearing, and wonder how to go about teaching her to do it, this article is for you. We also have some practical suggestions from our expert to teach your child to blow her nose safely.
The ear, nose and throat are interconnected. They have a common lining which makes the physiological properties of these organs similar. So, when there is an attempt to blow the nose hard, there is a build-up of pressure that gets transmitted to the ear as well. The middle part of the ear is connected to the throat and the nose, so too much of pressure can even damage the ear. Blowing hard can also push the mucus further inside instead of excreting it. In case of an infection, blowing too hard may actually push the mucus and the germs from the nose to the middle ear. This results in ear infection.
The natural reflex of the child is to push the mucus inside instead of sneezing it out. If your child fails to blow his nose while he sneezes, the secretion emitted from the nose tends to pile up, causing the mucus to dry up inside the nose. This blocks the nose resulting in breathing difficulty. So, children should be taught how to blow the mucus out gently to clear the nose.
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The author is the Founder and Director of The Pediatric Network.
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