Runny Nose in Children

October 19th, 2017 by admin in Nose Clinic, Paediatric Otolaryngology Comments Off on Runny Nose in Children

Runny Nose in ChildrenMost runny nose in childhood is due to one of the two things – most commonly allergic rhinitis, occasionally persisting blockage at the back of the nose due to big adenoid tissue.

Children with big adenoids tend to have a chronic mouth open posture at rest. The discharge from their nose tends to be more snotty and occurs all year round. Children with allergic rhinitis usually have a mouth closed posture or intermittent mouth open posture at rest. Their runny nose is seasonal. The running is quite perfused. There is a lot of it. It’s more watery than snot.

The most common things that give children allergic rhinitis are things that they breathe in through their nose, not things that they eat: commonly grasses or house dust mite.

First line of treatment for allergic rhinitis in children is the use of a low dose water based surface steroid spray. These sprays have a lot of bad press: they do not get absorbed; they do not affect your body secretion of steroids; they do not cause thinning of the lining; they do not cause bleeding; they do not cause fungal overgrowth. The important thing about them is that they have to be used as per instructions: they usually take 5-7 days to low the lining of the nose. And ideally use for period of 6 weeks to 2 months to obtain maximal effect.

If your child has a blocked or runny nose, contact us at Havas ENT Clinics. We are the people to see.