7 year old stuffy nose meds advice - ProTeacher Community


mhugs mhugs is offline
Senior Member
 
Joined: Jul 2008
Posts: 4,898

mhugs
Senior Member
 
Joined: Jul 2008
Posts: 4,898
7 year old stuffy nose meds advice
Old 04-19-2011, 05:28 AM
 
Clip to ScrapBook #1

What would you recommend for kid with a real stuffy nose. Grandson is miserable.


mhugs is offline  


Tchn4fun's Avatar
Tchn4fun Tchn4fun is offline
Senior Member
 
Joined: Jul 2008
Posts: 2,938

Tchn4fun
Senior Member
 
Tchn4fun's Avatar
 
Joined: Jul 2008
Posts: 2,938

Old 04-19-2011, 05:43 AM
 
Clip to ScrapBook #2

Kids can use the Neti pot, or my pharmacist recommended one squirt in each nostril of Otrivin, but only one squirt and best at night.
Tchn4fun is offline  
Alicia G's Avatar
Alicia G Alicia G is offline
Senior Member
 
Joined: Apr 2006
Posts: 3,114

Alicia G
Senior Member
 
Alicia G's Avatar
 
Joined: Apr 2006
Posts: 3,114

Old 04-19-2011, 05:43 AM
 
Clip to ScrapBook #3

Okay, I'm going to sound like a real druggy here.

Ask the pharmacist for old fashioned sudafed. Give him one pill if he can swallow it. Not sure if it is available in a kids' version (all the kids' things seem to be based on the "new" sudafed which is not as effective). Mucinex can also be used as it's a different medicine. It targets deeper congestion though -- but might help.

A nasal spray based on that active ingredient oxymetazoline (sp?) works wonders. However it causes a rebound effect (makes things worse than they are) if overused. Most of those say on the label "two sprays per nostril twice a day" but when it comes to kids I try to limit it to one spray per nostril at bedtime. And, after three days, give it a few days off.

Push clear uncaffeinated fluids. Lots of them. Popsicles, soda pop -- all those horrible things will help if he's refusing to drink enough water. Any temperature. Just not milk. Soup, watermelon -- be creative.

Have him move around some too. Moving around clears the congestion some. So, while he's watching videos and playing on the computer, try to get him to walk around the house a time or two, go up and down the stairs, or walk to the park.

Be careful when using antihistamines (Benadryl, Zyrtec, Claritin, etc.) because they can be overdrying and that can cause the stuff to be "stuck" where it is. You want wet thin drippy secretions, not thick, stuck ones.

If he can stand a neti pot or NeilMed pediatric sinus rinse bottle, that is good. If not, Ocean (or similar generic) spray helps keep things moving.

Run the humidifier but only if it's really clean. Mold and other goobers in a humidifier can make things worse.

Treat him to the lotion-y Kleenex or Puffs and a new flavored chapstick. Kleenex are ONE USE things. Reduce the spread of germs by having him throw away the tissue when it's been used. And take that trash out often. Have him wash before he eats or touches the remote control, etc.

Tylenol helps headaches and scratchy throats. Pepto is good if drainage makes him nauseous.

If he gets worse, have him checked for a sinus infection.
Alicia G is offline  
Miller's Avatar
Miller Miller is offline
Senior Member
 
Joined: Oct 2005
Posts: 10,987

Miller
Senior Member
 
Miller's Avatar
 
Joined: Oct 2005
Posts: 10,987

Old 04-19-2011, 06:33 AM
 
Clip to ScrapBook #4

I give my toddler mucinex and it helps and is safe. I agree he might need a decongestant.

sleeping with a cool mist humidifier will help.
Miller is offline  
happykids's Avatar
happykids happykids is offline
Senior Member
 
Joined: Jul 2010
Posts: 1,236

happykids
Senior Member
 
happykids's Avatar
 
Joined: Jul 2010
Posts: 1,236

Old 04-19-2011, 06:59 AM
 
Clip to ScrapBook #5

Mucinex plus some Tylenol worked wonders for us last week. Don't forget the saline spray and a humidifier.


happykids is offline  
Valone's Avatar
Valone Valone is offline
Senior Member
 
Joined: Feb 2008
Posts: 5,174

Valone
Senior Member
 
Valone's Avatar
 
Joined: Feb 2008
Posts: 5,174

Old 04-19-2011, 11:12 AM
 
Clip to ScrapBook #6

Vicks VapoRub on his chest.

Warm bath.

Drink-push fluids.

Avoid milk-dairy.
Valone is offline  
here4kids here4kids is offline
Full Member
 
Joined: Aug 2007
Posts: 257

here4kids
Full Member
 
Joined: Aug 2007
Posts: 257
Also consider
Old 04-19-2011, 11:30 AM
 
Clip to ScrapBook #7

All other pps ideas looked great- Any chances the stuffy nose is due to allergies? Not sure where you are but pollen counts are high in places . Maybe a kid safe allergy otc would do.
here4kids is offline  

Join the conversation! Post as a guest or become a member today. New members welcome!

 

 

>
TEACHERS' LOUNGE ARCHIVE
Thread Tools



Sign Up FREE | ProTeacher Help | BusyBoard

All times are GMT -8. The time now is 02:10 PM.


Copyright © 2014 ProTeacher®
For individual use only. Do not copy, reproduce or transmit.
source: www.proteacher.net