My son always has a thick runny nose
Saline sprays can be helpful in clearing mucus. It can be used in the morning to help clear mucous that has gathered in the night, and may last half a day.
Is there anything I can do?
It is recommended that patients with PCD should get into the habit of blowing their nose at least twice a day (in the morning and before going to bed at night) which helps keep the airways clear. Their physiotherapist may also recommend they perform nasal rinsing on a daily basis to clear the secretions in the nose and relieve sinus headaches. Young children can get used to it very easily and it should be no more of a chore than regularly brushing your teeth.
Many PCD patients have found a link between dairy products and runny noses. As children need calcium to grow caution is advised when reducing dairy products in the diet. Please refer the issue to your consultant who may refer you to a dietician for more information.