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A 24-year-old female asked:

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

2 doctor answers7 doctors weighed in
Dr. Michael H. T. Sia
Pediatrics 32 years experience
Don't bother...: 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.
Dr. Amrita Dosanjh
Pediatric Allergy and Asthma 37 years experience
Nasal saline: Provide cool air mist and nasal saline irrigation will help to reduce post nasal drip.
Last updated Jul 15, 2019
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