• Mucus, Mucus, and More Mucus

    Does your child have a runny nose all the time? Is s/he a mouth breather? Is there always snot coming out of their nose? Do you go through veritable mountains of kleenex, wiping your child’s nose continuously? The problem is too much mucus.

    You may be surprised to learn that the lining inside your child’s nose and throat is called a “mucus membranes.” Under normal circumstances, mucus acts as a protective barrier, helping prevent environmental irritants, bacteria and viruses from affecting your child’s airway. In adults, under normal circumstances, we make about a quart of mucus a day! While it is less than that amount in children, it is still enough to lubricate and protect their mucus membranes.

    The problem of too much mucus is most commonly caused by reflux and not by infections; although, infections certainly cause a flood of mucus (often distinguishable by it’s green color). When the mucus membranes are irritated by reflux, which contains acid and nasty enzymes, what do they do? They put out more mucus. If your child has a chronically runny nose and nasal congestion, you should know that reflux is the most common cause of these symptoms.

    Your child will not complain of heartburn and indigestion, common symptoms in adults. Instead, the reflux will be “silent.” That’s because, most of the time, the reflux will occur while your child is sleeping. Here are three simple fixes that don’t cost a thing:

    1. No Bedtime Snacks (You should have dinner at an early hour, then bath, television, reading, and bed. There should be an hour and a half between eating and bed).

    2. Get Soda and Juice Out of the Fridge (The best thing for your child is water).

    3. Limit Your Child’s Snacks of Sugary Sweets to Once a Day (We recommend four servings of fruits and vegetables a day).

    Acid Reflux in Children: How Healthy Eating Can Fix Your Child’s Asthma, Allergies, Obesity, Nasal Congestion, Cough & Croup was written to empower parents. With a healthy diet and lifestyle, you can quickly remedy your child’s chronic snotty nose.