The end of winter is approaching as spring marks the end of spring. However, children suffering from rhinitis will not be happy with the season when the symptoms of rhinitis become more severe. Children who suffer from rhinitis every year often think that the rhinitis will recover itself after the turning season passes, and pass by insignificantly. However, if rhinitis becomes chronic without initial treatment, it may hinder the growth of the child, so active measures are required.
First, rhinitis includes acute rhinitis, allergic rhinitis, and chronic hypertrophic rhinitis. There is acute rhinitis, commonly called a cold, and in the case of allergic rhinitis, there are sneezing, clear runny nose, nasal congestion, and itching of the mucous membrane. there is.
Compared to adults, children have an immature body temperature control ability and an incomplete immune system, so the respiratory system (pulmonary function) of the nose, throat, and lungs is affected by dry and cold air, indoor/outdoor or morning and evening temperature difference, fine dust, etc. It is easily weakened and exposed to external viruses and antigens (dust, mites, animal hair, pollen), and rhinitis occurs easily.
If rhinitis, which tends to occur in this way, is not actively treated, the inflammation of the mucous membrane in the nasal cavity is not resolved and becomes chronic, and complications such as sinusitis (sinusitis), otitis media, and bronchitis may occur. Structural deformations such as asymmetry of the facial skeleton, deformation of the nasal septum, and malocclusion may be induced by continuous oral breathing. In addition, in the case of children, it can cause problems with growth, because nasal congestion affects the secretion of growth hormone due to the inability to sleep well, and the runny nose passes behind the throat along with decreased sense of smell, leading to loss of appetite and insufficient nutrition. Lastly, nasal congestion and a feeling of heaviness (heavy or stuffy head) can cause a decrease in concentration and a decrease in learning ability.
1) As the inflammation of the nasal mucosa becomes chronic, complications such as sinusitis, otitis media, and bronchitis occur
2) Structural deformation such as facial asymmetry, nasal septum, and malocclusion due to oral respiration
3) Sleep disturbance due to nasal congestion, affecting growth hormone secretion
4) Decreased sense of smell and runny nose may cause loss of appetite, preventing sufficient nutritional intake
To treat rhinitis that interferes with the growth of the child’s body and brain, it is important to find and improve the cause of rhinitis. In oriental medicine, acupuncture treatment is expected to restore mucosal function, and oriental medicine treatment is used to strengthen the respiratory and digestive organs.
Along with treatment, dust and mites are one of the causes of allergic rhinitis, so it is important to wash bedding frequently and remove factors that cause rhinitis, such as carpets and pet hair. In order to maintain the nasal mucosa function, the room temperature should be kept in the low 20s and the humidity at about 40-50% so that the nasal mucosa of children does not become dry or sensitive. In this way, it is necessary to treat rhinitis at an early stage through the efforts of doctors, patients and guardians so that children do not suffer from chronic rhinitis and do not adversely affect their growth.