The nasal septum’s sole function is to separate the nostrils equally to allow for easy and smooth flow of air. But the nasal septum is very delicate and can be easily deviated due to a number of reasons. Such a deviated septum can occur in different levels of severity due to different reasons in babies. But unlike adults where treatment of the deviated septum is very easy, in babies (especially new born babies) treatment options are complicated and restricted due to the delicate nature of the nasal septum and small size of the child.
Common Treatment Options for a Deviated Septum in
Based on severity of the condition, different treatment options are available:
- Congestion: This is the most common problem associated with this condition (in both adults and new born babies). Thankfully nasal congestion can be easily treated by using different decongestants. Such medication to remove congestion is available in the form of a pill and in the form of a spray. However before using any decongestant, contact your paediatrician to ensure that the medication does not cause any adverse reactions in your baby.
- Colds & Allergy Symptoms: Another symptom of a deviated septum is that people suffering from this condition (including babies) tend to have an increased susceptibility to both the cold virus and different allergies. For this condition commonly Anti-histamines are prescribed. Again make sure to talk to your doctor before administering any medication to your child, since anti-histamines can cause drowsiness and chills.
- Inflammation: For inflammation usually nasal steroid sprays are prescribed as treatment. But such sprays cause many other secondary problems.
At the end of the day, all of the above medication offers only a temporary solution for a deviated septum in babies. Surgery is the only permanent cure available for a deviated septum, but for new born children, doctors will opt for septoplasty (the surgery used to cure a deviated septum) if and only if the case is very severe, all other options have been tried. Even then the surgery will not be performed until your child has grown a few months (since the instruments used will be too large for the small septum of a newborn).
If the severity of the condition is low, then there is no need to worry since they usually do not cause much problems, in such cases it is best to just let the problem be without trying to treat it.