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Nose problems in children

Nose problems in children are common.

 

Did you know that babies can only breathe through the nose? For the first few months, babies will always try to breathe through the nose. Their brain's haven't yet learnt that breathing through the mouth is also possible. The rest of us know that we can use our mouths too, but having a blocked nose can be quite miserable.

Many toddles suffer snotty noses. Often, the best course of action is to do nothing, as they get older the problem settles down. Other children suffer blocked nose with snoring and stopping breathing, in which case surgery to remove the adenoids (and tonsils) may be needed. This is one of the commonest operations performed in children.