How to Get Rid of Mucus in Children

An increase in mucus production can be caused by a variety of things, from the common cold to allergies. According to the Kids Health website, certain conditions, such as dry air or exposure to cigarette smoke, can lower the immune system, making children more susceptible to illnesses that promote mucus and congestion. Fortunately, there are a variety of ways to soothe your child's symptoms and help eliminate mucus.

Step 1

Squeeze a few drops of saline into your child's nose approximately four times a day. The Parents website explains that this can help move the mucus trapped in the nose, making it easier to blow out.

Step 2

Steam up the bathroom with a hot shower or bath. According to the Kids Health website, this can help open up the nasal passage, making it easier for your child to breathe.

Step 3

Give your child plenty of fluids to help loosen up and dispel mucus in the throat and nose. Provide clear liquids such as flat soda, watered-down fruit juice and sports drinks. These types of drinks are more easily absorbed than just water.

Step 4

Provide chicken soup. The Kids Health website explains that it contains cysteine, an amino acid that helps regulate the white cells that cause congestion.

Things You'll Need

  • Saline water

  • Flat soda

  • Watered-down fruit juice

  • Sports drinks

  • Chicken soup

Tip

The Kids Health website states that one of the best ways to deal with cold symptoms, such as mucus production, is to prevent catching the virus in the first place. Keep your children away from sick people or those who smoke. Viruses can latch onto second-hand smoke as well as travel with coughs or sneezes. Teach your child to wash her hands frequently, especially after blowing her nose. Dissuade her from sharing the same utensil, glass or towel as a sick person.

Warning

MayoClinic.com warns against giving your child over-the-counter decongestants and cough medications, especially if your child is under the age of 2. Not only are these medications ineffective at treating the cause of your child’s illness, but they also do not decrease the duration of the illness. In addition, cold medicines can have serious, life-threatening side effects such as convulsions and an increase in heart rate. Contact a doctor immediately if any of these symptoms are noticed.

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