Wellness - Common Illnesses | 3-12 yrs

Nasal Infections And Injuries In Kids


Whether it is common cold and dry nose or more severe sinusitis and rhinitis – kids are prone to all kinds of viral infections and allergies.

According to kidshealth.org,  ‘Most colds are caused by rhinoviruses that are in invisible droplets in the air we breathe or on things we touch.’

Signs of common cold are throat irritation, sneezing, runny nose, blocked nose, cough, mild fever, muscle aches, fatigue, appetite loss and headache. Medicines like decongestants or antihistamines can dry the nose. In severe cases, dryness can cause bleeding in the nasal passage. Nasal congestion, also called stuffy nose or blocked nose, can occur due to a viral infection. It can cause blood vessels in the nose to become swollen. Sinusitis can also cause stuffy nose. Other causes of nasal congestion are allergies, vasomotor rhinitis, polyps or structural abnormalities in the nasal passage. Secondhand smoke can cause allergies or stuffy nose in kids. Seasonal allergic rhinitis, also called hay fever can occur due to exposure to allergens such as pollens. A clean house, absence of smoke and proper hydration can help keep nasal allergies at bay.

Kids under two years of age can also suffer from infection in their lower respiratory track. This infection is called bronchiolitis. Kids also often experience nasal injuries. Bumps, falls and accidents during play often result in a broken nose or nasal fractures. Young kids are also prone to emergency room visits for stuffing their nose with small items like pebbles.

For more on this topic, you can read articles in this ClipBook.


Common Cold In Children

Most colds are caused by rhinoviruses that are invisible droplets in the air we breathe or on things we touch. Colds can cause a throat sore and headache, and make it hard to breathe through the nose.

Dry Nose In Children

Whether your youngster has been spending too much time in dry, hot air or his nose is aggravated from irritants in the air, his nasal passages have become dry and they’re screaming out for moisture.

Blocked Nose: Causes, Treatment And Prevention

Blocked nose can also be referred to as stuffy nose or nasal congestion which is a common condition in children. Nasal congestion occurs when the tissues lining the nose become swollen due to the inflamed blood vessels.

Paediatric Sinusitis

Unlike in adults, paediatric sinusitis is difficult to diagnose because symptoms of sinusitis can be caused by other problems, such as viral illness and allergy.

Allergic Rhinitis In Children

Rhinitis means inflammation of the mucus membranes in the nose. The common symptoms associated with rhinitis are an itchy nose, red eyes, watery discharge from the nose and/or eyes, a blocked nose and sneezing.

Nasal Polyps In Children

If left untreated, severe nasal polyps in children often result in ongoing sinus inflammation and pain, as well as chronic breathing problems. These polyps or growths don’t generally occur in children under the age of 10 years.

Bronchiolitis In Children

Bronchiolitis is a lower respiratory tract infection that occurs in children younger than two years old. It is usually caused by a virus. The virus causes inflammation of the small airways.

Nasal Flaring: Causes, Treatments And Consequences

Nasal flaring happens when the nostrils widen while a person is breathing. It is a sign that the person is having difficulty in breathing. It is most commonly seen in children and infants; in those cases nasal flaring can indicate respiratory dist...

Broken Or Bleeding Nose

Broken nose also termed as nasal fracture is a break or a crack in the nasal bone and commonly involves the nasal septum (cartilage that separates the nasal cavity into two nostrils).

What To Do When Something Gets Stuck In The Nose

Pebbles. Dried peas. Raisins. Wads of tissues. There seems to be no end to what can get stuck in the nose of your curious little critter. Here's some help for you to manage the situation better.

Nose Care: Good Habits To Adopt

It is important to maintain proper nose care since the nose has many very important functions. It warms, humidifies and purifies the air we breathe. It protects us from external threats by filtering particles in the air with its mucous.

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