A member asked:

How do u get a 1 year old with a bad chest cold to spit out the flem vs swallowing it again ?

7 doctors weighed in across 2 answers
Dr. Michael H. T. Sia answered

Specializes in Pediatrics

Swallowing mucus is safe. It is difficult for a budding 'early toddler' to have maturity & skills to spit out phlegm. Don't sweat, mucus mixes with the contents of his/her stomach & passes through the digestive system. Some of it is digested and taken up into the body while some of it passes through to be eliminated from the body with stool.

Answered Jul 15, 2019



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Dr. Amrita Dosanjh answered

Specializes in Pediatric Allergy and Asthma

Provide cool air mist and nasal saline irrigation will help to reduce post nasal drip.

Answered Jul 15, 2019



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