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It is always sad to see a toddler, or child of any age, become sick. Seeing the healthy child full of energy, running, jumping and playing is a joy to everyone. When that child becomes ill, sad and lethargic the change is almost frightening to see. A sick child has no energy and normally wants nothing more than snuggling with a comforting parent or guardian.
The best way to prevent this sad experience in the first place is to take precautions for keeping the child healthy. Read on for some simple steps on how to prevent sinus infections in toddlers as well as other contagious diseases.
Keeping a humidifier going during the months when a child is susceptible to illness can help keep the sinus secretions and linings thin and hydrated. Dry sinuses do not flow and drain properly and can cause congestion and sinus pain. This is also helpful for adults and the entire family.
By keeping your house clean, you eliminate many allergens. Dust, pollen, pet dander, cigarette smoke are just some of the things that contribute to things like sinusitis and irritated nasal passages. Dusting, vacuuming, sweeping and wiping down tables, counters and all surfaces in the home is a fine way to eliminate such problems.
Be sure your toddler is drinking enough water. Toddlers, and really everyone, need to drink plenty of water in order to be maintain a healthy lifestyle. Drinking water is an efficient way to cleanse toxins from the body.
The simple act of hand washing can deter many germs from setting in. Make hand washing an essential habit for children to learn, especially after using the potty chair, sitting in grocery carts, before meals, after play time with others and any time you may suspect they are being exposed to harmful germs.
Preschools and daycare centers are often loaded with germs. Keeping your toddler away from others who may be sick may not be easy but it can be a big help in preventing sinus infections. If your child is ill, be sure to keep them home where they will not be infecting the other children in social groups and any places where germs are being easily transferred. If you notice other children your toddler is playing with are ill, it is wiser to remove them from the group and let them play together at a later date in order to maintain your toddler’s good health.
Be sure to offer plenty of fresh fruits and vegetables, whole grains, nuts and wholesome sugarless snacks to your toddler as a regular routine to keeping them healthy. You are responsible for teaching your toddler good habits for a healthy life.
If you your child has a sinus infection, you should seek medical help as soon as possible. A sinus doctor is the best person to see regarding this type of infection. Those who live in the Houston area can visit Dr. CT Nguyen, who is an experienced ENT doctor.