In one of my previous issues of DSAU I wrote about Moishey’s early years being challenged by Catarrh – a condition caused by small throat and nasal passages, resulting in chronic green mucous discharge from the nose.
Children with Down syndrome characteristically are born with narrow facial drainage passages and it was accepted as part and parcel of Down syndrome that their noses are always ‘green’. Frequently, those green noses develop into infections and anti-biotics are prescribed. In addition to the aesthetic issue, Catarrh also causes heavy-headedness and fatigue, thereby intensifying learning and social challenges.
When Moishey was four years old he had his tonsils and adenoids removed because of constant infection accompanied by very high fevers. Our relief was short-lived when six weeks post-surgery he developed Catarrh again. At a loss for any more medical intervention our ENT (ear, nose, throat specialist) recommended a simple, natural remedy – nasal saline washes. I shpritzed saline vials up Moishey’s nose every morning and evening, after which he immediately blew his nose and rid all the junk that was sitting there, and he cleared up completely. He was infection-free for the rest of his growing-up years and we stopped the saline washes when he was in his mid-teens.
Recently, a reader, the mother of a little girl with Down syndrome, approached me at a simcha and begged me to share her success story with DSAU’s readers. Her little girl was also plagued by Catarrh and she discovered a Graco Battery Operated Nasal Aspirator. This aspirator costs around $20 and can be purchased at popular chain stores, pharmacies and on-line.
This is a small undertaking considering the improved health and quality of life children with Down syndrome can have.
This article first appeared in issue #16 of Down Syndrome Amongst Us