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The Proven Benefits Of Aspirators

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Stuffy nose is one of the most common concerns of parents in their infants’ early months of life. Your newborn can be very cranky when they have a stuffy nose. They will have difficulty in breathing, sleeping and feeding.

Nasal aspirators have proven to be the best option to relieve your baby from stuffy nose. If you are skeptical about using aspirators for your little one, you should know about the proven benefits of using aspirators.

  • It is a hygienic way to get rid of phlegm in the baby’s nose.
  • They help in clearing the nasal congestion in a jiffy.
  • It gives instant relief to kids when they have trouble in breathing due to obstructed nasal passages.
  • It facilitates better breathing, sleeping and feeding.
  • It is easy to use.
  • It is affordable.
  • It is safe to use. It is suitable for newborns as well.
  • When you use manual aspirators you have full control over the suction.
  • It is recommended by doctors because of its effectiveness.
  • It has soft tips to make sure that the tender skin of the baby is not hurt.

If you follow the right instructions to use the aspirators and if you clean it properly, aspirators are really beneficial.

Further reading 

1. A Short guide for using the manual nasal aspirator

2. Easy to do remedies for baby’s cold

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My Baby Has a Cold! What Did I Do Wrong?

New parents, especially new moms, are prone to beating themselves up when their baby gets a cold. As they tend to their snuffly, unhappy babies new moms vow to keep a cleaner house, to have visitors – even grandparents – wear surgical gloves and masks if they want to see the baby and to never take their baby out in public again. These are sincere vows but, they are unnecessary and unrealistic. If you’re a new mom with a baby who has a miserable cold, keep reading!

It’s not your fault!

Babies get colds. It’s not because your house isn’t clean enough. It’s not because Awa loves to kiss your baby over and over again. A virus from someone, somewhere came into contact with your baby and he caught a cold. That’s it. Turn your attention to helping your baby feel comfortable and taking care of yourself too. Colds are not an entirely a bad thing. Babies need to build up their immune system. Do a quick internet search on childhood illnesses and allergies + research and you’ll see that children who are not sheltered from dirt, germs and going out in public fare better in the long run.

Take charge!

Now that you are done feeling like you’ve done something wrong, focus your energy on keeping your baby comfortable. It’s hard and tiring to have a sick baby – even if it’s just a cold. Make the most of your efforts.

Further reading 

Home remedies for baby’s cold

Wheezing And Its Management In Little Ones

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Wheezing is one of the common childhood illnesses.  In fact, about 25 to 30 percent of children would have encountered wheezing problem at least once when they are six years of age. It may not be really very serious but the whistling sound that you hear when your child breathes can be devastating. It can cause great distress to your baby. Do you want to know more about wheezing and its management in kids? Go ahead.

What is wheezing?

It is whistling sound produced when air tries to move through the breathing tubes or airways when they become narrow and compressed.

What are the causes of wheezing?

  • It can be caused due to viral infection. A baby’s airways are too small. When they get a lower respiratory infection the airways get blocked with mucus. This causes wheezing. Viral infections include lower respiratory infections like bronchiolitis and pneumonia and upper respiratory infections like common cold.
  • It can be caused if the child is exposed to cigarette smoke or other smoke.
  • It can be caused when babies are exposed to very cold air.
  • It may be triggered by allergens like pollens and pets etc.
  • GERD or gastro esophageal reflux disease is one of the causes of wheezing. GERD is a condition in which stomach acid leaks back into food pipe which may get breathed into lungs. This causes irritation and swelling of the airways. If your child starts to wheeze immediately after feeding it can be due to GERD.
  • Choking can also cause wheezing.
  • Asthma is one of the very important causes of wheezing.

What are the home remedies for wheezing?

Viral infections cannot be cured with antibiotics. Virus will go on its own. Avoid giving over the counter antibiotics. Over the counter cough syrups are not advised for infants and toddlers. Avoid them. Mild wheezing can be relieved at home. How can you help your child at home?

  1. Suction – You should keep the airways clear. This is very important if you want to help your child breathe freely. How to get rid of congestion in nose and lungs? An older child will blow their noses to clear the nasal passage but how to clear the airways for an infant or toddler? The best solution is suction. A nasal aspirator is very helpful in getting rid of congestion. Bulb aspirators like Nasobuddy are of great help to make your baby breathe easier.
  2. Other remedies
  • Use saline drops to clear the nasal passages.
  • Use humidifiers to keep the air moist.
  • Keep your child hydrated with warm fluids.
  • Avoid smoking at home.
  • Avoid carpets that trap dust.
  • Keep pets away.
  • Vacuum all surfaces of your home to remove dust.
  • Use cold balms to get rid of the congestion in lungs. Make sure you go for natural rubs that don’t contain any harmful chemicals and petroleum byproducts.

You should call a doctor when

  • Wheezing persists for more than three days
  • Your baby develops cyanosis where the lips and skin turn bluish in color.
  • When wheeze becomes very severe

Safe home remedies for cough in children

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Cold accompanied with cough is very common in children. It is true that coughing is the defense mechanism of the body to get rid of the mucus from the body. However, as a parent you can’t help worrying when your child suffers from continuous coughing. Every parent is sure to feel anxious to control and curb coughing in their kids. If you do want to do something to help your child, here is a tip. You should go for home remedies first before going for any medical action. Home remedies are as effective as and sometimes more effective than syrups and medicines.

Your kitchen is the safest medical shop. There are many remedies that you can make from your kitchen to control your child’s cough. What are the safe and effective home remedies for cough in children?

  1. Honey – This is the most commonly used home remedy for cough. Is it really effective? Yes, honey is a natural antimicrobial agent. It has the property of enhancing secretion of saliva which is helpful in thinning of mucus.
  2. Lemon – Lemon boosts immunity. It is a rich source of vitamin C that helps in improving the immunity of your child. Honey with lemon juice is a proven home remedy to decrease the severity of cough.
  3. Ginger – Ginger has anti viral properties that help in improving the symptoms of cold including coughing. Ginger has a strong flavor and taste. It is not recommended for infants. Ginger juice mixed with honey and lemon makes a wonderful cough syrup for older children.
  4. Turmeric – Turmeric is a natural ingredient with antiseptic properties. Turmeric added to a warm glass of milk gives relief from cough. You can also add homey to make it tastier and more effective.
  5. Natural concoction – Take two teaspoons of jiggery, one teaspoon of black pepper powder, a little cumin seeds, one teaspoon of coriander seeds, thulsi leaves and an inch of dry ginger. Add these ingredients to a cup of water. Boil the water. Filter and let it cool. Give two teaspoons of the concoction to your baby. It gives relief from cough and soothes sore throat.
  6. Massage – Add a few camphor balls to coconut oil. Heat the oil over flame until camphor dissolves. Rub the oil over the chest of your baby. Cover with a warm towel to make sure the heat from massaging is retained.
  7. Natural rubs and balms – Vaporubs and balms give warmth to your child’s body. The herbs and essential oils included in the balms help in clearing the mucus. Once the mucus is cleared coughing will automatically be cured. Make sure you use herbal balms like Nasobuddy.
  8. Saline drops – If you want to give relief from cough to your child you have to clear blocked noses too. Saline drops are a safe natural remedy to get rid of mucus in the nose.
  9. Nasal aspirator – A nasal aspirator is a must if you have a little child. It helps in clearing the mucus from your baby’s nostrils easily without causing any harm to the delicate skin. A good nasal aspirator like Nasobuddy is a wonderful choice.

Try these home remedies. If coughing persists in your child you should visit a certified medical practitioner.

Honey As A Cough Syrup

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Are you looking for an alternative to cough syrups laden with side effects? Honey could be the right option to put an end to your search. Are you reluctant to give honey without proper evidence? Here is some good news for you. Several studies have been conducted to find the efficacy of honey as a cough syrup. Know about the results of the studies before proceeding to use honey as a cough syrup.

Study #1

A group of 270 children were subjects of this study. Some children were given 2 teaspoons of honey half an hour before going to bed. Some were given date syrup and some were given placebo or fake treatment. It was found that coughing in children who were given honey was less frequent and less severe when compared to other children.

Study #2

In this study one group of children were given honey, one group was given salbutamol and the other group of children were given no treatment. At the end of the study it was found that honey was more effective than salbutamol. The impact of honey for night cough was impressive.

The WHO recommends honey as a cough syrup for children but you should note that honey is not recommended for infants below 6 months.

Homemade cough syrup recipes with honey

  1. Honey and lemon cough syrup

Take a quarter cup of honey. Squeeze the juice of one large lemon to honey. Add 2 to 3 tablespoons of warm water to get syrupy consistency. Store the syrup in a sterilized glass container. Give a teaspoon of the syrup 3 to 4 times. It is better to start giving the syrup in the early stages of cold.

  1. Honey with milk and turmeric powder

Add a tablespoon of milk and a pinch of turmeric powder to a glass of warm milk and give your kid in the morning and in the night.

  1. Honey, ginger and lemon cough syrup

Grate 25 grams of ginger. Cut a large lemon into small pieces. Take a glass of water in a pan. Add the ginger and lemon. Boil the mixture and simmer for about 5 minutes. When the mixture is cool add half a cup of honey. Store the mixture in a glass container. Give the syrup 3 to 4 times a day to your child.

 

 

Are Cough Syrups Safe To Use In Children?

 

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When parents see their children coughing they are sure to feel anxious. They are tempted to give cough syrups to give instant relief to their little ones. Most parents believe that cough syrups and cold medications are the keys to relieve their kids from cold symptoms and coughing. Is this belief right? Are cough syrups really effective? Are they safe to be used in children? You should know the answer to these questions before you give your child cough syrup next time.

Are cough syrups safe?

  • Cough medications are not recommended for children below 4 years. They provide just a little effect but may cause many side effects. Overdose of cough syrups in kids below 2 years can be fatal at times.
  • Cough syrups that contain codeine as an ingredient should not be used for children below 12 years of age because slowed breathing or difficulty in breathing is one of the important side effects of codeine.
  • Antihistamines like Benadryl cause sleepiness, drowsiness and agitation. Sometimes it may cause hallucination. They are not safe to use in children. Many types of cough syrups are available over the counter.
  • Side effects of cough syrups include convulsions, nausea, uneven heart rate, drowsiness, dry mouth, blurred vision and allergic reactions etc.

Cough syrups are of different categories including cough expectorants, cough suppressants and cough decongestants and antihistamines. Do they all help in treating coughs? The answer is a big NO. The over the counter cough medications are effective in giving temporary relief from coughing but are not effective in treat the underlying cause. Cough medications neither treat the cause for cough nor reduce the time of infection. Coughing is a symptom of cold and is caused naturally to clear the airways and get rid of phlegm. It will go on its own and does not need any medications. As cough syrups cause more side effects and are of little use in treating the underlying disease, they are not recommended.

What can you do instead of giving unsafe cough syrups?

  • Give natural cough suppressants like honey.
  • Use nasal aspirators to clear the nasal passages. Cough is a symptom of cold. When the nasal passage is cleared of mucus cold symptoms including cough improves.
  • Give warm liquids to sooth the sore throat and to keep your baby hydrated.

Home remedies may not give instant results but they are free from side effects.

Types of humidifiers and which one should you choose?

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It is winter. The air outside is cold and dry. It may cause health issues like dry skin, sinus and respiratory problems etc. Well, you can do nothing to regulate the temperature and dryness of air outside. The good news is that you can reduce the dryness of air inside your home with the help of humidifiers. Are you interested in buying a humidifier before harsh winter sets in? You should make sure that you buy the right humidifier. To make the right choice you should know the different types of humidifiers.

What are the types of humidifiers?

There are two main types of humidifiers. They are warm mist humidifier and cool mist humidifier.

Warm mist humidifier

This works by heating water and emitting steam into the air. They produce warm and soothing mist.

Vaporizer is one of the types of warm mist humidifiers. Most of the warm mist humidifiers are vaporizers. It is an electrical device that uses electricity to heat hot water inside. The vapor from the boiling water cools while leaving the machine to increase the humidity of the room.

Ultrasonic warm mist humidifiers are very silent because they use ultrasonic technology to disperse warm mist.

What are the pros of warm mist humidifiers?

  • They are good for giving relief from colds and flu.
  • The mist produced from warm mist humidifiers tend to be cleaner than the cool mist humidifiers because the boiling process kills waterborne mold and bacteria.
  • They collect the minerals that are left over from heating the water.
  • They are quieter than cool mist humidifiers.
  • They are cozy during winter months.
  • Warm humidifiers with medicine cups are very useful to add essential oils or other liquid inhalants with medicinal properties.
  • It increases the temperature of the room slightly making your winters cozy.

What are the cons?

  • They are not recommended if you have little children because it can cause serious risks of burns.
  • Electric devices may shoot up your electricity bills.
  • It is difficult to clean the mineral deposits left over.
  • They may harm indoor plants in your home.

Cool mist humidifiers

Cool mist humidifier also increases the humidity of the room but without heating water. There are three main types of cool mist humidifiers.

Ultrasonic humidifier produces cool air with the help of ultrasonic vibration. They have vibrating discs that create ultrasonic waves to increase the internal pressure of the water until the pressure is more than the vapor pressure of the air in the room. Then it is forced out into the air.

Evaporative cool mist humidifiers blow moisture into the air with the help of fan that blow air from a wet belt or wick. They are a little noisier because of the sound of rotating fans.

Impeller cool mist humidifier produces cool air with rotating disk. They are very quiet and do not need filter.

What are the pros of cool mist humidifiers?

  • Safety is the biggest advantage of cool mist humidifiers.
  • It will not make the room hot. This is a big plus for tropical countries.
  • It covers a wide area.
  • They are money saving because they are energy efficient.
  • They will not cause any damage to indoor plants and wooden furniture.
  • You can add healing vapors to help in giving relief from respiratory issues.
  • It is portable and can be shifted easily from one room to another when compared to warm mist humidifiers.

What are the cons of cool mist humidifiers?

  • You have to use only distilled water for cool mist humidifiers. If you use tap water it will leave minerals as residues.
  • The water is not boiled and sterilized in this type of humidifier. This increases the risk of spreading of microbes in the air.
  • You have to clean them frequently to avoid the risk of spreading of bacteria and viruses.

Warm Vs Cool – Which is better?

If you are planning to use it in the kids’ bedroom, cool mist humidifier is a better choice because of safety concerns.  It is the right choice in hot places because it does not increase the room temperature. Cool mist is easy to breathe when compared to hot mist.

Hot mist humidifiers need less maintenance. If you are too busy to clean humidifiers frequently, you can go for hot mist humidifiers. Moreover, it is the right choice in very cold places.

Decide which one will suit your home after weighing the pros and cons and considering your needs. If cold and dry air is not a problem in your area and if you just want to give relief to your baby from cold and flu symptoms, you should consider the usage of nasal aspirators and chest rub from Nasobuddy that contain natural and harmless ingredients.

What’s An Upper Respiratory Tract Infection?

Upper respiratory tract infection is one of the most common viral infections in children. Upper respiratory infection is always referred to as common cold. However, influenza is also one of the common upper respiratory tract infections.

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Colds in kids

Kids get about eight colds per year. It is the top reason to miss school and to visit doctor. Most of the colds are caused by rhinoviruses. Rhinoviruses are found in invisible droplets in the atmosphere and in the things we touch. The viruses get into the protective lining of throat and nose. This sets off an immunity reaction in the child’s body causing symptoms like headache, sore throat and trouble in breathing.

What are the common symptoms of cold?

  • Stuffy or running nose
  • Cough
  • Sore throat
  • Mild fever
  • Loss of appetite
  • Tiredness
  • Headache

How do colds spread?

Direct contact: A child with cold has virus in his or her nose, hands, mouth and eyes. Colds spread through direct contact like holding hands, kissing or touching an infected child.

Indirect contact: Toys, clothes, towels and utensils used by the infected child carry the virus. Even things like door knobs touched by the infected children carry the virus. The virus from these things spread to a healthy child when they touch these objects.

Through air: Virus spreads through air when the infected child sneezes or coughs. The virus enters the air and may enter another child’s nose or mouth.

How are colds treated?

Most of the colds will go away on their own without any treatment. Antibiotics do not work for colds as they are caused by virus and not bacteria. Medicines will not treat cold but will give relief from symptoms of cold. Home remedies like saline drops and nasal aspirators help in clearing stuffy nose. Warm fluids keep your child hydrated. If you are going for over the counter acetaminophen or paracetamol make sure you don’t give an overdose.

When to visit the doctor ?

  1. Is your baby under 3 months of age? If so, you should visit your doctor if your baby has trouble in breathing and if your child is not eating and if your child has symptoms like vomiting and high fever.
  2. If your child is older, you should take your child to the doctor if
  • Your child’s lips are blue
  • Your child’s breathing is rapid
  • If your child is very sleepy than usual
  • If the mucus from the nose is yellow or green in color
  • If your child is fussy and does not play
  • If the child’s cough is very severe

Influenza

Although both flu and colds are upper respiratory tract infections, they are caused by different viruses. Most of the symptoms of cold and influenza are the same except for a few differences.

The symptoms of flu are generally worse than cold.

  • The onset of flu is abrupt.
  • Colds are rarely accompanied with fever. Flu is always accompanied with fever.
  • Body aches are severe in flu.
  • Stuffy nose, sneezing and sore throat are common for colds. These symptoms may or may not be seen in flu.
  • Chills are common in flu.

How does flu spread?

Like colds, it also spreads through direct or indirect contact and through air.

Treatment

Children with flu can be treated at home if the symptoms are not very severe. Children should take rest. They should not be sent to school until the symptoms go off completely. Lot of fluids should be given to prevent dehydration.
You should call your doctor if your child is below one year old, if your child has week immunity, if your child has asthma or diabetes, if your child has symptoms like vomiting, trouble in breathing, dehydration, blood in sputum and bad cough and if your child has seizures.