Sneezing-Help in a Flash

24 Mar

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It’s so annoying walking outside on a sunny day and being attacked by a fit of sneezing or when your 2 yo is watching Thomas the Train and has a complete meltdown “I got BLESS YOU all over my Kindle.”

Why do children sneeze?

  1. To clear irritants out of the nose (stimulation of hairs in nose)
  2. Allergies (as a result of histamine)
  3. Sunlight (a genetic reflex in ~20% of people)
  4. Just because (sneezing in newborns is common for no apparent reason)

People commonly list sneezing as a concern for their children during visits.  Unfortunately, it’s not a very helpful symptom in getting to the bottom of what is going on.  Sneezing by itself is not an illness and when there is an underlying cause you can usually tell by all the other things that are going on…

If you want to treat sneezing each of the causes does have a cure:

  1. Help the child learn to blow their nose
  2. Give your child an antihistamine (we use Zyrtec or Claritin)
  3. Never go outside
  4. Don’t have a baby
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