Kids are booger slinging snotboxes- especially toddlers. Toddlers are the worst because they get their little hands all covered in boogers, and then they touch everything in the immediate vicinity. Gross. But we love them nonetheless, most of the time anyway. If you’ve got a nasty little snotbox in your life, keep reading. We’re going to chat all about a simple runny nose home remedy and other ways to stop a runny nose fast!
Runny Nose Causes
Here’s the boring stuff, but I’d be doing you a disservice if I didn’t touch on WHY our kids get runny noses constantly.
The nose is an orifice (fancy word for opening in the body). The protective barrier in the nose is- you guessed it- snot. When our kids get germs, dirt, dust, or anything else in their nose, the body reacts by producing mucus. Snot has a job, y’all, and that job is to keep the nasties from entering our body. Makes sense, right?
Ok. So why do kids constantly have runny noses?
Good question. When a kid has a nose that’s running like a faucet, it means that some nasty pathogen (germ, bacteria, virus) has gotten into their body and the immune system has kicked into high gear. Individual cells send a message to the nose to make more snot to clear the nose of any other harmful bacteria or viruses.
Guess what that means? Yup. A runny nose. Mucus production kicks into overdrive, and your kid ends up with a runny nose.
Kids seem to have runny noses constantly because their immune systems are immature compared to ours. Their bodies are still learning what’s safe and what’s not. This is precisely why kiddos seem to spike random fevers and have runny noses- they’re fighting off small pathogens and developing their immune system.
Alright. Enough of the boring science-y talk. Here’s the good stuff.
How to Stop a Runny Nose Instantly
Don’t send me hate mail, but you can’t. If there were secret tricks to ending a runny nose instantaneously, I would tell you. The simple truth is that their nose will stop running once the body has cleared whatever nasty thing invaded it. The good news is that there are lots of runny nose home remedies that are incredibly effective. I can’t promise they’ll fix the snot faucet instantly.
Best Runny Nose Home Remedy
So. I couldn’t decide just one thing that was the 100% best runny nose home remedy, so instead, here are my top 5!
- Aerosolized saline spray: these produce a really fine mist and are much easier to shoot up your kid’s nose. On horrible snot days, we use saline spray 2-3 times a day. Saline helps keep the nasal passages moisturized and cleanse excess mucus out of the sinuses.
- Boogie Wipes: These are gold. Like pure gold. My kids always run away screaming when I come at them with a tissue, but when I use these, they don’t mind getting their nose wipes AT ALL. Bonus! They’re covered in a saline solution! They are a bit pricey, so you can always use contact solution on a soft cloth instead.
- Zarbee’s Chest Rub: Y’all this stuff works miracles even if your kid doesn’t have a cough. Rub it on your kiddo’s feet and then put some socks on them. The smell helps to open your child’s airways and makes breathing easier.
- Use a Cool Mist Humidifier: The extra moisture in the air will help keep the nasal passages moist and allows the mucus to drain faster. I’ve got a whole post about the benefits of having a humidifier!
- Stop using your bulb syringe: Yes. STOP USING IT. Bulb syringes, nose Frida’s, etc. are great and they do have their place, but when you use it often, it causes swelling in the nasal passages and makes it more difficult for your child to pass
When to Go to the Doctor
Generally, a runny nose does not require a trip to the doctor. If your child starts to develop a fever or the color of their snot starts to become a yellowish green, it’s a sign that their runny nose may have transitioned into a sinus infection. So, it’s time to head to the doctor!
Do you have any tricks for stopping a runny nose I missed? Share them in the comments!
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