Is it useful to do nasal washes for children suffering from allergic rhinitis?
"Nasal washes are not a therapy for allergic rhinitis, which is treated with specific anti-inflammatory drugs, antihistamines or specific immunotherapy, however they are an excellent system for rid the nasal passages of mucus e make sure that the medicines penetrate at their best"replies Giovanni Cavagni, pediatric allergist, formerly in charge of the Pediatric Allergy Operating Unit of the Bambino Gesù Pediatric Hospital in the city.
"Freeing the nose, in addition, nasal washes help the baby breathe better. That said, if the inflammation or the cause of allergic rhinitis is not eliminated, the problem will certainly not go away. "
How to do nasal washes?
Nasal washes can be carried out using physiological solution, thermal waters, Sirmione water, sterilized sea water, Or a 'home' solution prepared with water and saland (90% water and 10% salt).
On the market they are practical single-dose vials of various solutions, but alternatively one can be used syringe without needle, by injecting about 5-10 ml of solution per nostril, or the rinowash, a device that connects to the aerosol and allows the jet to arrive directly in the nasal cavities.
A few steps are enough to perform a nasal wash:
- Lay the baby on the changing table or bed, tilting his head slightly to one side.
- Gently insert the tip of the vial or the syringe into the nostril of the side furthest from the resting surface and spray the liquid, which will come out from the opposite nostril. For example: if you have tilted the baby's head to your right, you will spray the solution into the baby's right nostril.
- Repeat on the other side.
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