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How your child breathes ?
How your child breathes
The way that your child breathes has been evolving since birth but has still yet to become identical to that of an adult. Your child has developed the ability to breathe through the mouth however nasal breathing is still very important. As well as conducting air down to the bronchi, the nasal cavities also warm, humidify and filter inhaled air, removing dust, pollutants and potentially harmful germs. One process in particular plays an essential role. Tiny hairs called cilia cover the mucous membrane, moving back and forth. The cilia are covered by a layer of mucus which traps pollutants and germs when air is breathed in through the nose. By beating in concert the cilia gradually sweep the layer of mucus towards throat. Once it reaches the stomach any infectious agents are destroyed by acidic gastric juices. This is known as mucociliary clearance. Having passed through the nasal cavities or mouth, air continues via the pharynx, the larynx, the trachea and the bronchi: this is the respiratory system.
Occasionally normal airflow will be hindered. When air cannot flow so easily your child’s breathing will become more difficult. This is known as dyspnoea. It can be mild or more serious and may even require hospitalisation. Your doctor will be able to assess the severity of your child’s condition and determine the best course of treatment. Many factors can cause breathing difficulties: infections, foreign bodies, asthma, etc. Infections can affect:
- The nasal mucous membrane, sometimes impeding mucociliary clearance and resulting in congestion and nasal obstruction. The child then compensates by breathing through the mouth, however air then bypasses the effective process to remove dust, pollen, irritants and germs.
- The pharynx, leading to pharyngitis.
- The larynx, causing laryngitis.
- The bronchi: this is bronchitis.
These infections are not necessarily all caused by the same germs however an infection of the nose and/or the pharynx (cold, pharyngitis, rhinopharyngitis) may develop into laryngitis. Respiratory problems in children are therefore more problematic as their airways are narrower than those in adults. This is particularly true of the larynx, which is far narrower and more rigid in children.
PHYSIOMER, a valuable ally to help improve your child’s breathing
The best way to avoid these respiratory problems is to prevent respiratory infections. Avoid your child coming into contact with people who are unwell and teach good nasal hygiene which helps to prevent these illnesses.
Daily nasal cleansing with PHYSIOMER Kids fludifies mucus, aiding its removal and reducing contact between germs and irritants and the mucous membrane. By aiding mucociliary clearance it can limit viral and bacterial infections.
This effect has been demonstrated in a clinical study carried out in 390 children. Daily nasal cleansing with PHYSIOMER Kids:
- Cuts colds by 50%
- Reduces ENT complications by 75%
- Improves breathing by 66%
PHYSIOMER helps the nasal mucous membrane to provide better protection for your child against bacterial and viral infections.
PHYSIOMER, the solution for better breathing!