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What is a 6 week old baby take for a stuffy nose and maybe a soar throat?

3 doctor answers10 doctors weighed in
Dr. Laura Webb
Pediatrics 14 years experience
No meds: Medications have not been proven successful at this age and pediatricians do not recommend any over the counter cough and cold medicines for kids under 6 years. For babies of this age a nasal aspirator can help remove the thick mucus in their noses- the blue bulb syringe can do the same. Humidification may also help. Most importantly keep them hydrated- increase the frequency of breastfeeding.
Dr. Sari Nabulsi
Specializes in Pediatrics
Stuffy nose: Stuffy nose in 6 weeks old babies should never be treated with medications. Use saline nasal drops and suction the nose with bulb syring helps. Running a humifier helps too.
Dr. James Ferguson
Pediatrics 47 years experience
Irritants: The first months are troubled by narrow nasal passages & exposure to dust, fragrences, smoke & other irritants.Baby tries to flush these out of the nose with mucous but this often ends as congestion & produces rattling with breathing. The best rx is washing out the nose with saline & suctioning the remainder. Eliminate irritants from babies environment & this will happen less.
Dr. Amrita Dosanjh
Dr. Amrita Dosanjh commented
Pediatric Allergy and Asthma 37 years experience
I would also advise monitoring the baby's temperature.
Jul 15, 2017
Last updated Jul 17, 2017


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