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Good personal hygiene is the single most important way to prevent the spread of infectious diseases. A few basic habits may make the difference between staying healthy and contracting or spreading an infection.


Nasal hygiene in babies and young children

Babies and young children do not have the ability to blow their noses effectively. Nasal secretions can therefore accumulate in the nasal passages, especially when the child has a cold. This predisposes them to complications such as middle ear infections. Nasal hygiene involves flushing the nasal cavities with a saline solution to prevent these complications, to make the child more comfortable (when nursing or sleeping), and to reduce the frequency and duration of colds.
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