A runny nose occurs often among infants and therefore every parent should know how to stop it. Today we are going to present a couple of devices helping in making little noses free of congestions.
The most common cause of runny nose in infants is a viral infection. Fortunately, in most cases it is not a symptom of any more severe disease and we can try stopping it using home methods. Nowadays, when modern technologies support us in our efforts, we will be helped by various devices, starting with the simplest ones, descendants of the traditional nasal syringe, and ending with those more complex that will even make it possible to prevent the infection.
The most important thing to do in case of runny nose is obviously regular cleaning of it. A child is unable to blow the mucus out of their nose so it is important that we help them as much as we can in unblocking their main airway. It is of particular importance prior to nursing, since a stuffed nose makes suckling very difficult and therefore eating as well.
Here is where we can get help from aspirators, the most popular of which is definitely Frida – an inexpensive device that is easy to use. It is based on a manual mechanism, thanks to which we can easily adjust the suction force to the needs of our children. Another, more advanced device is the Haxe electric aspirator. Thanks to two replaceable attachments it enables unblocking any kind of runny nose and its simple design makes it easy to disassemble and clean it before further use. Additionally, the device is fitted with twelve melodies that can distract the child while we clean their nose.
Our attempts are going to be supported in a different manner by using a nebuliser, which moisturises the freshly cleaned nose and the rest of the respiratory system. Additionally, these devices enable nebulisation, that is, administration of some of the medicines that support healing of runny nose. One of the best devices belonging to that category is Albert Sanity Pro, an very capable, efficient and silent nebuliser. The inhalation adjustment options allow using the device efficiently in many situations and the replaceable masks included make it possible for children at any age to use it. The Intec CN-02WF nebulizer in the form of a happy penguin always attracts the attention of children, which makes it easier to use it. The special pacifier included facilitates infant inhalations as well and the sturdy design is efficient and reinforces resistance to any “accidents”, both minor and major. It is also worth paying attention to the very popular Philips Respironics InnoSpire nebulizer. This device is easy to use and to disassemble for cleaning purposes. It also offers very quick inhalation that shortens the time required for using the device.
Humidification of air in the infant’s room is also a good way of moisturising their airways. Here we can also take advantage of helpful technology that is a huge improvement over hanging wet towel on radiators. The Eldom NU-5 air humidifier is one of the most modern and complex devices of this type. Thanks to the built-in thermometer it is possible to set the air humidity level that the device is going to maintain for even up to 17 hours. Additionally, Eldom features the air ionisation function, which is particularly useful when we cannot ventilate the infant’s room regularly and often. The Hyundai HUM282 humidifier on the other hand, is a less expensive and lighter device of this type, enabling constant air humidification in a room of choice. It provides an interesting offer in case when we already have the ionisation function included in another device.
However, let us not forget that even when we are supported with all the above mentioned devices we should not underestimate the runny nose. If despite our attempts the nose keeps being runny or becomes accompanied with constant coughing and fever, we should visit a doctor.
Fortunately, soon the cutting-edge technology is going to give us a hand here as well. Thanks to StethoMe® we will be able to check the infant’s temperature and respiratory system health. This will make it easier for us to know when the home methods are not enough and professional advice is required. Until that moment, however, we are not helpless, which is proven by the positive stories of parents who use technology to battle the ever returning runny nose.