I never think about my nose unless it’s completely stuffed up or totally runny. Then I obsess about it because it’s not working! Whether it’s a symptom of a cold or allergies or low humidity, I just want that icky feeling of a dry sinus cavity to go away. That became especially true when my boys were babies with stuffy noses themselves. Our whole week could be derailed because a cute little nose wasn’t working properly.
A trusted and natural way to end nasal cavity woes in newborns and toddlers is saline mist or spray. You’ve probably heard that it’s a good option, but do you actually know why? If you’re curious how “irrigating” the sinus cavity works, keep reading and get to know your nose.
The Nose Knows
Your nose acts as a filter for the air we breathe. That means your nose warms, humidifies and cleans air before it enters your lungs. The mucus membrane in your nasal cavity is rich with blood cells that can moisten air quickly to prevent dryness of the lungs.
Mucus is Good
Did you know adults produce one liter of mucus every day? That’s right! The mucus (with some help from the tiny hairs in your nose) traps debris and particles. Then these tiny hair-like organs push these particles up to the front of nose.
Too Much Mucus
When you get sick, your body produces extra mucus as a way of getting rid of the bad stuff. When your get a runny nose, stuffy nose or a cough, that’s actually what happens when your body is trying to trap germs (from a cold or virus) or allergens.
Symptoms of Congestion
When the sinus cavity gets blocked with too much mucus, the sinus membranes, which are thin, start to swell. This is that “stuffy head” feeling we tend to complain about. The mucus, if it isn’t expelled, start to thicken.
Saline to the Rescue for Centuries
Saline has been used around the world for centuries as an effective way to soothe these congestion symptoms. Saline helps to moisturize dry, crusty nasal cavities caused by things like low humidity, heated environments, air travel, allergies or colds.
An effective and natural product that is perfect for newborns and children of all ages is Little Remedies Sterile Saline Mist. It comes in an easy-to-use bottle with simple instructions. You can flush and irrigate your baby’s nose quickly and safely to remove excess mucus or you can use it to moisturize and a dry, unhappy nose.
Watch It Work
If you use Little Remedies Sterile Saline Mist as an irrigator, you can see it working. You will insert the attached nozzle into your baby’s nostril and depress the actuator until you see excess fluid flow out of the nostril. Don’t be alarmed! This is an immediate relief because you’re flushing out mucus. The faster you can get that icky stuff out, the better!
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