Colds season is the worse! A runny nose can be irksome, but a clogged nose is hard to ignore. The next time your child cries to you because of it, put the vapor rub away (it doesn’t really clear up congestion, anyway) and try a sinus massage.
“If you’re not a fan of medication, you can try acupressure and massage to the sinus cavities,” said Sia Cooper, a certified personal trainer and also a mom-of-two. She shared the trick on her Instagram when her daughter was suffering from a bad cold that coincided with her teething (yikes!). “We were eating dinner and she could hardly breathe!”
With her tired head resting on mom’s hand, Sia applied pressure between her eyebrows, rubbed under her eyes and at the side of her nose, and massaged her cheeks. Her daughter looked completely relaxed while she did it too.
“Also works good for adults too,” she wrote in the caption of the video. “Simply apply direct pressure with your fingertips and gently rub to get that drainage flowing. Also helps to temporarily relieve a little pressure so your little ones can feel better!”
1. Warm compress Have your child lie down. Soak a face towel in warm water, squeeze out the excess water, fold, and place over your child’s forehead and nose. The warmth will help open the nasal passages from the outside, provide comfort from pain and relieve inflammation in the nostrils, according toHealthline.
2. Pinch and hold Managing editor for Prevention.comAmy Rushlow shared the pinch and hold technique for unclogging a stuffed nose. Have your child tip her head back, pinch her nose, and hold her breath for as long as she can. The brain and body's response to the lack of oxygen will help clear the sinuses, said Rushlow. 3. Have an extra pillow Here’s one you might already be familiar with: place an extra pillow under your child’s head during bedtime. The inclination will help drain the sinuses. Try and keep the room humid as well so your child's nose is moisturized, which prevents clogging, throughout the night.
Consult with a pediatrician, keep your child hydrated, and provide lots of cuddles until the cold goes away. Skip the cold medicine, though, as they’re not recommended for young children by many health professionals including the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.
“Don't use over-the-counter medicines, except for fever reducers and pain relievers, to treat coughs and colds in children younger than 6 years old,” said pediatrician Dr. Jay L. Hoecker in a column for Mayo Clinic. “[They] are intended to treat the symptoms of coughs and colds, not the underlying disease,” he explained. “More important, these medications have potentially serious side effects, including fatal overdoses in children younger than 2 years old.”