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A 30-year-old female asked:

My baby had chest congestion but no runny nose. i've been using a vaporizer. now her nose has started running. doesthis mean she's getting better or worse?

3 doctor answers4 doctors weighed in
Dr. David Escobar
Dr. David Escobaranswered
Family Medicine 10 years experience
Likely Better: The runny nose is her body's way of increasing mucosal secretions to help clear an infection. She is likely getting better.
Dr. James Ferguson
Pediatrics 47 years experience
Neither : The runny nose may be another stage of the process .I generally look at better or wore as a gauge you can tell from a distance. Infants are best when playful, maintaining a normal pattern of feeds, sleep and play. They are off when they are gloomy, off their feeds & not sleeping. If your kid is playful i would not spend time worrying about the process.
Dr. Richard Wachs
Allergy and Immunology 27 years experience
Depends: Both are symptoms of a common cold and can appear at different times, but do not mean it is getting worse. However, if the symptoms are lasting more than 7-10 days or there are additional symptoms including, but not limited to such as fever, difficulty breathing, wheezing , i would recommend seeing a pediatrician.

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