Prevent children’s cold
Common cold complications
The nasal cavities are lined with a mucous membrane, which communicates with the rest of the respiratory and auditory system: the ears, sinuses, pharynx, larynx, bronchi and lungs.
They are the entry point for viruses and bacteria that target the respiratory system. The mucous membrane has therefore developed its own defence mechanisms to avoid infections and their spread. Amongst these defence mechanisms, the still immature immune system in children cannot yet play its full defensive role, which explains how babies and children as so often prone to colds, and even more so in environments such as day care and schools, where illnesses are easily spread.
Once cold viruses infect the nasal cavities they can spread which leads to complications and/or secondary bacterial infections:
- To the ear, leading to ear infections ;
- To the sinuses, causing sinusitis;
- To the throat, giving your child rhinopharyngitis or laryngitis;
- To the bronchi and bronchioles where they can cause bronchitis or bronchiolitis
Why and how to prevent them ?
The way that your child breathes has been evolving since birth and, like an adult, a child can now breathe through both the nose and mouth. The passage of air inhaled through the nose remains essential, however, because it is in the nasal cavities that air is warmed, humidified, and filtered to remove the maximum of dust, pollutants and germs. This cleaning process is all the more important because a child’s immune system has not yet fully matured. Germs that are not removed by mucociliary clearance and that will go on to infect the rest of the respiratory system will be harder to combat than they would in an adult with a fully developed immune system.
The common cold is one of the primary causes for missed school days. Even when a child is able to attend school in spite of a cold, attention span and performance risks being affected. At an age when your child’s education is building the foundations of future learning, ensuring the best of health at school can only be beneficial. Preventing any problems, notably colds, is therefore essential.
Preventive measures depend greatly on good basic hygiene:
- Wash your child’s hands regularly and teach your child to do the same.
- Wash toys frequently along with other items that could carry cold viruses.
- Ensure that your child has minimal contact with others who have a cold and ask them to cover their mouth and nose when sneezing or coughing.
- Avoid smoking around your child. In addition to other harmful effects, passive smoking weakens the mucous membrane leaving it more vulnerable to infections.
- Teach your child to practice good nasal hygiene.
PHYSIOMER, your partner in the prevention of colds and other complications
PHYSIOMER products offer a practical, reliable, gentle and effective solution for your child’s nasal cleansing. They can help you to ensure good nasal hygiene, preventing colds and other complications. PHYSIOMER solutions act on several levels:
- By humidifying the nasal cavities, PHYSIOMER protects the mucous membrane from drying out, often a problem in overheated homes during the winter period. This dryness does not cause your child discomfort but leaves the mucous membrane more vulnerable to infection.
- PHYSIOMER hydrates nasal secretions and facilitates natural clearance.
- It increases the movement of cilia (tiny hairs) that cover the surface of the nasal cells, helping to clear away mucus that has trapped impurities and potential pathogens. Faster clearance means less risk of developing a cold.
- It helps to repair mucous membrane cells that have been damaged by the cold virus, which then builds resistance to other pathogens.
PHYSIOMER’s preventive efficacy has been proven in numerous clinical studies, including one large-scale study carried out in 390 children.
- Used in the prevention of colds and further complications PHYSIOMER cuts the number of colds by half and reduces the risk of ENT complications (ear infection and bronchiolitis) by 75%.
- Daily use of PHYSIOMER reduces the use of medicines:
- Antipyretics – for fever (9% versus 33% use for children who did not benefit from nasal cleansing with PHYSIOMER);
- Mycolytics – to fluidify mucus (10% versus 37%)
- Antibiotics (6% versus 21%)
The PHYSIOMER range of products offers you a practical, reliable, gentle and effective solution to help you to ensure your child’s nasal hygiene and prevent the cold and its complications. Its simplicity enables your child to practice his or her own nasal hygiene in complete safety.
With PHYSIOMER there is always the right solution to take care of your child’s nose.