Childrens Runny Nose

Thursday, February 25, 2010

Your child has a runny nose. This is a normal part of what happens during the common cold and as it gets better. Dr. Edward Hill gives us some facts about runny noses in the 60 Second Housecall.

A runny nose usually starts when a cold is starting to get better. When the cold virus first infects the nose and sinuses, the nose starts making lots of clear mucus. This mucus helps wash the virus out of the nose and sinuses.

After two or three days, as the body fights back, the mucus changes to a white or yellow color. As the bacteria that usually live in the nose grow back, they change the mucus to a greenish color. This is normal. It doesnt mean your child has an infection that needs to be treated with medicines like antibiotics.

Runny nose, cough, fever, headache and muscle aches may bother your child during a cold, but medicine wont make them go away faster.

Taking antibiotics that your body doesnt really need can be harmful. Since a runny nose generally gets better by itself, its best to wait and take antibiotics only when necessary.

For North Mississippi Medical Center, Im Dr. Edward Hill.