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Children have snot on a regular basis, whether they are sick or not. The mucus and phlegm They are produced to keep the respiratory tract hydrated and do not pose a problem in themselves, rather a defense system to prevent the proliferation of viruses and bacteria that remain attached to this mucus and thus can be eliminated.
However, a cold, an allergy, cold or crying makes the presence of mucus even greater. This is very annoying for children and, above all, for babies and children as it causes them to cough, difficulty breathing and even complicates breastfeeding. When the accumulation of mucus is excessive and is not eliminated, it can even lead to other diseases.
- Otitis: it is one of the most frequent diseases in childhood. When excess mucus accumulates in the Eustachian tube, that tunnel that connects the nose with the ear can cause otitis media. This pathology can cause fever, pain and even rupture of the eardrum if the accumulated mucus is excessive and exerts too much pressure.
- Sinusitis: When the paranasal sinuses, located around the nose, become inflamed, the presence of mucus increases and cannot come out. This build-up causes a headache and cough. It can arise from an allergy or infection.
- Allergic rhinitis: it is a reaction to an element that causes sneezing, itchy nose, nasal obstruction and mucus. When the accumulation of mucus and phlegm in children is great, it is possible that they tend to suck the mucus and have a dry cough, nervous cough or irritating cough, which usually appears mainly at night and is usually very annoying.
- Bronchitis: When the child suffers from a cold or a cold, it is common for the throat to become inflamed, which is known as pharyngitis, if it goes down to the larynx, we will speak of laryngitis and, if the infection finally descends to the bronchi, it will be a bronchitis. The accumulated mucus inside the bronchial tubes causes coughing and shortness of breath.
- Bronchiolitis: it is a viral infection that mainly affects babies up to 2 years of age. Unlike bronchitis in which the accumulation of mucus causes inflammation of the main airways, in bronchiolitis there is inflammation of the bronchioles, smaller branches located at the end of the main airways.
- Conjunctivitis: When the child has a cold and mucus increases, it is very common for this infection to pass to the eyes, causing inflammation of the ocular membrane that causes redness, rheumatism, tearing and itching of the eyes.
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