Mom Demonstrates Simple Hack For Clearing Daughter's Blocked Sinuses
It goes without saying that no parent wants to see their young child with any kind of illness, even if it happens to be something as common as a cold. That's your baby, and you can't stand to see them suffer - no matter what the cause.
Unfortunately, protecting your child from getting a cold is a pretty difficult if not impossible task. Kids are more susceptible to colds than adults because they haven't yet become immune to specific germs. And because they're regularly in the vicinity of other children, parents find themselves dealing with a relentless cycle of runny noses and sore throats.
And what can make their suffering even more intense is the fact that a lot of young children find it difficult, or are simply unable, to blow their own nose. This is a lot more than just an inconvenience and can disrupt their life in a variety of ways - from making it difficult for them to sleep to stopping them from properly tasting their food.
But thanks to one genius Instagram video, posted by Sia Cooper AKA Diary of a Fit Mama, anyone can learn how to perform this very simple facial massage which serves the purpose of releasing a buildup of snot.
Check out the video below to see it for yourself:
In the short clip, Cooper can be seen very gently massaging her daughter's forehead and cheeks.
"Not my typical fitness post," she wrote in the caption. "But I wanted to share with you a little something that's been helpful since my little girl has caught a cold while teething this past week."
"We were eating dinner and she could hardly breathe!" she continued. "If you're not a fan of medication, you can try acupressure and massage to the sinus cavities. Simply apply direct pressure with your fingertips and gently rub to get that drainage flowing. Also helps to temporarily relieve a little pressure so your little ones can feel better! Also works good for adults, too."
While medication may seem like the quickest, most efficient form of remedy, Cooper swears by more natural methods such as massage and acupressure.
"Nothing is more soothing than a parent's touch," she explained to Babble. "And to me, touch is healing, especially for a child who needs it the most. Tylenol is great, but if you can use your hands to get the fluids moving out of the sinus cavities, that will get rid of most of the discomfort and solve the problem, versus just treating the pain for a few hours. After the Tylenol or medication wears off, you’re still left with the issue."
"It only takes a few minutes!" she adds. "Isn't anything worth trying to get your little one to feel better? It may or may not work for everyone, but it's a free, natural way of pain relief for everyone - not just kiddos!”
You hear that - this snot-relieving method is for you too. Is it something you'll be using in the future? Tell us in the comments.