Runny nose

A runny nose, also called rhinorrhea, happens when excess fluid drains from your child’s nose. The fluid is mucus that is thin or thick, clear or opaque, and can be a sign of a flu, a simple cold, or just an allergic reaction. 

Common causes a runny nose? 

  • Colds and flus
  • Crying when tears drain through the tear ducts, and later into the nose
  • Cold weather or exposure to cold air (air-conditioner) 
  • Infections of the sinuses and or adenoids
  • Allergic reactions to pollen, pets or other things
  • Other reasons, like non-allergic rhinitis, nasal polyps, large adenoids, swollen turbinates, or an object inside your child’s nose causing obstruction, and mucus drainage.

How to treat-runny nose?
Once the source of the runny nose is found, treatment can include: 

  • Rest time
  • Washing the nose with nasal rinses (this is especially good before bedtime so your child can sleep uninterrupted)
  • Watchful waiting
  • Medications taken by mouth or sprayed into the nose
  • In some rare cases hospitalization or even surgery

When to get medical help?
Often, runny nose goes away on its own. When it persists, or lasts longer than 10 days, a runny nose can be a sign of a condition that should be treated. If a high fever is present, consult your doctor.

What doctor shall we consult?
When a runny nose is persistent, you may take your child to see an allergist or an Ear, Nose and Throat specialist (Otolaryngologist).


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