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Saline inhalations. First aid for infection

Saline inhalations. First aid for infection


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The experiences of many parents around the world prove that children can be treated in many ways. Not necessarily giving out loud promoted pharmaceuticals, but using less invasive methods of action, for example, such as saline inhalations. Preparation of nebulization at the first symptoms can stop the disease from developing use of inhalation later facilitates breathing, facilitates removal of secretions and clears the nose. Well worth it!

Saline inhalations for infections in children

Preschoolers can have a cold even several times a year. For early years of life, it is typical to catch an infection after an infection. For most health problems at this stage viruses respondthat antibiotics do not work.

In the case of viral infections, the only way to fight them is symptomatic treatment, i.e. for most diseases:

  • nasal clearing
  • helping your child cough up and remove secretions by moisturizing the mucosa,
  • help to change dry cough into productive, wet cough
  • strengthening immunity, which reduces the time of illness.

Saline inhalations help in three of the four above mentioned ways. And for a few more not mentioned above.

Saline or what?

Saline is nothing but aqueous sodium chloride, usually present at a concentration of 0.9%. Saline is called physiological fluid. It is used in many ways.

It can be used for:

  • washing the eyes of a small child,
  • to clean the nose by passing a few drops into the nostrils,
  • nebulization.

Why use saline inhalation?

Saline inhalations allow for saline directly reaching the bronchi and lungs. Direct ingress of salt into the respiratory system makes it the effectiveness of this type of treatment is much higher.

Nebulizations bypass the digestive system, thus saving the liver. This form of drug administration protects the toddler from various side effects of taking syrups or tablets, such as: diarrhea, stomachache, loss of appetite.

Reaching directly into the respiratory system is much more effective, because in this way you can immediately treat the diseased "system" without having to wait for the active ingredients to pass through the digestive system.

Recent research results have confirmed that nebulization is more effective with a 3-5% saline solution than 0.9 NaCl, which is expected to have a greater anti-inflammatory and mucus-reducing effect, which facilitates the cleansing of the respiratory tract.

How to use saline inhalations?

To perform inhalation with saline, you need a nebulizer that turns the salt into a fine mist.

  • you can do inhalations from saline alone,
  • if, after nebulization with salt alone, the child coughs more strongly, it is recommended to dilute the saline with water for injection in a ratio of 1: 1 or 1 (NaCl) to 2 (water),
  • nebulization should be repeated 2-3 times a day.

In addition to nebulization, it is worth taking care of:

  • giving your child an increased amount of fluids,
  • the right temperature at which the child is staying - about 20 degrees,
  • frequent airing.

Read - everything about nebulization.

What does saline inhalation help?