Los Angeles (PRWEB) October 21, 2009
With millions of kids back to school and spreading their germs, concerns are growing that kids will be hit with H1N1 Swine flu. But, according to ENT specialist, Dr. Murray Grossan, there are other health issues parents should be aware of to keep their kids healthy during the school year. "While parents are scrambling to protect their kids from the Swine flu, they shouldn't forget about taking care of other health problems their kids face that can cause them to miss school such as allergies, sinus infections and colds.
Schools are dusty! When kids go back to school, the incidence of asthma and allergies increases; research shows a sharp increase in asthma visits to the ER. Avoid these ER visits; make sure the school is aware of any medications your child needs to take, particularly their inhalers. Come prepared with doctor's orders.
One proven method of reducing allergies and helping alleviate symptoms of cold and flu is nasal irrigation. Parents can reduce the symptoms of allergies by actually washing out the allergens (dust particles, animal dander, etc.) from the child's nose. The HydroPulse®, Pulsatile Irrigation (http://www.hydromedonline.com) system significantly removes the allergens by rinsing them out. Its proprietary pulsating action gets the nasal cilia (tiny hairs in the nose that keep the sinuses clear) working optimally to remove allergens and bacteria. Even if the child is already taking allergy pills, many children respond positively to washing out the sinuses this way. It's child friendly-and so gentle- children as young as 6 years old can use this method.
"With the specter of flu season upon us, be sure to explain to your child to avoid kids who are coughing or sneezing," advises Dr. Grossan. "Encourage children to wash their hands frequently, and consider packing single, hand wipes in their back pack." Dr. Grossan suggests parents instruct their kids to blow their nose very gently. Too much pressure forces bacteria into the ear and can cause an infection.
What if your child gets the flu? Drinking lots of hot tea with lemon and honey stimulates good nasal and chest cilia function, which helps to prevent respiratory infections.
After the flu, the nose is congested, as is the chest; heavy mucus dripping into the chest causes coughing. States Dr. Grossan, "I have my patients irrigate their nose and sinuses with saline using the HydroPulse®, which provides gentle pressure to clear the mucus and stimulate the nasal cilia, zonked by the flu toxins. Clearing out the thick phlegm stops the post-nasal drip and cough. This decreases the bacteria count, which allows natural healing to take place. The more natural the healing, the greater the function of the immune system. Be sure the saline solution is preservative-free.
Back-to-school means that there will be the first winter cold. Viruses, such as the common cold virus, enter the body through the nose by a portal of entry called ICAM-! Daily nasal irrigation with Hydro Pulse® washes away that portal, reducing the risk of the common cold. With a clear nasal passage, the child feels better. Avoid nasal dryness with a nasal moisturizing gel.
Learn more about Dr. Murray Grossan, the Hydro Pulse® Pulsatile Sinus System and other HydroMed products by visiting http://www.hydromedonline.com or contact Dr. Grossan. Dr. Grossan is based in Los Angeles, CA.
With more than 40 years of experience as an Ear Nose and Throat Specialist, Dr. Murray Grossan is the author of several books, including Free Yourself from Sinus and Allergy Problems--Permanently, published in 2009. The Hydro Pulse® Pulsatile Sinus Irrigation System was honored as one of Time Magazine's "Best Inventions of the Year."