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My 4 month old has a stuffy nose and now has yellowish gunk in his eye, should I take him to the doctor? He has no fever, vomiting, diarrhea

My 4 month old has a stuffy nose and now has yellowish gunk in his eye, should I take him to the doctor? He has no fever, vomiting, diarrhea

Maybe, maybe not: Sometimes you can manage this at home by just removing the gunk with a clean tissue and cleaning out the nose with a saline wash. If the kid is feeding well & playing robustly, home care is fine & it should pass in a few days. If the kids feeds are off & he seems more quiet or inactive an office evaluation may find something that needs specific rx. ...Read more

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My 16 week old is teething & drooling a lot and has had a stuffy nose/slight cough for 2 days. Could these be related?

My 16 week old is teething & drooling a lot and has had a stuffy nose/slight cough for 2 days. Could these be related?

No. Nasal congestion: & cough are symptoms of a viral upper respiratory illness. Teething does not cause fever, diarrhea or any other symptoms not related to the gums, although some babies have pain & irritability. Drooling at 4 months does not necessarily mean a baby is teething, just that the salivary glands are beginning to function. The central lower incisors usually erupt first, around 6 months. ...Read more

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What is the best way to help a 8 month old with stuffy nose and cough?

Tlc: Bulb syringe and Normal Saline nose drops as needed to unplug the nose. A humidifier to help your baby sleep better. ...Read more

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What can I give a 2 month old for stuffy nose?

Suctioning: Saline nasal drops and auctioning are all I would do. Babies have to breath through their nose so it is best to try to keep it clear. Sleeping in a car seat can also be helpful if it is affecting sleep. A humidifier can also help thin the mucous and allow it to drain. ...Read more

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How do I clear my 2 month old daughters stuffy nose?

How do I clear my 2 month old daughters stuffy nose?

Several things: The first months are troubled by narrow nasal passages. Exposure to dust, fragrances, smoke & other irritants make it worse. 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. ...Read more

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5 month old with a stuffy nose. What to do? Tried nasal rinse

5 month old with a stuffy nose. What to do? Tried nasal rinse

Humidity: A humidifier will help, as will using saline drops right in the nose to loosen the mucous. If someone is taking a shower, someone else sitting in bathroom in the steam from the shower is also helpful. Put the humidifier right next to the baby's crib. Putting it across the room doesn't do much good. ...Read more

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How long does a stuffy nose last for a 11 month old baby?

How long does a stuffy nose last for a 11 month old baby?

Varies: Could be as long as several weeks. Things to look for that would warrant more urgent need to be seen would be gasping for breath, or unable to suck on pacifier/bottle/breast. Of course if they start acting in a manner concerning to you, a visit to their doctor would be warranted. ...Read more

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My 1 month old has stuffy nose and a cough. What do II do?

My 1 month old has stuffy nose and a cough. What do II do?

? 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 &cough & 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. ...Read more

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My one month old daughter has a stuffy nose and her temp. Is 99.1. I just want to know if I should be concerned.?

My one month old daughter has a stuffy nose and her temp. Is 99.1. I just want to know if I should be concerned.?

Temp is normal: The first months are troubled by narrow nasal passages & exposure to dust, fragrances, smoke & other irritants aggravate the problem. Baby tries to flush these out of the nose with mucous but this often ends as congestion & cough & produces rattling with breathing. The best rx is washing out the nose with saline & suctioning the remainder. Eliminate irritants from babies environment ...Read more

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My 7 month old son has cold and stuffy nose since yesterday night. He has running nose as well now. Pl suggest some good remedies.

My 7 month old son has cold and stuffy nose since yesterday night. He has running nose as well now. Pl suggest some good remedies.

Cold: Use salt water nose drops four times daily. Use a vaporizer at night and elevate his mattress. Use a bulb syringe to suck out excess mucus before using the salt waterbefore u ...Read more

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2 month old with wet cough for 3 days. She gets really bad coughing fits from time and has stuffy nose. Should I worry about a cold at that age?

2 month old with wet cough for 3 days. She gets really bad coughing fits from time and has stuffy nose. Should I worry about a cold at that age?

Yes: A "cold" can be significant a this age. Young babies are nose only breathers, so make sure that you keep her passages clear by using saline drops, encourage extra clear fluids like pedialyte, elevate the head of the crib she sleeps. Check her temp and if over 101, see pediatrician right away. Observe for sleepiness, irritability, decreased appetite. See your pediatrician sooner rather than later. ...Read more

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My 33 month old son gets a fever at night for the last 2 days. Could this be from teething? He has no other symptoms except a slightly stuffy nose.

My 33 month old son gets a fever at night for the last 2 days. Could this be from teething? He has no other symptoms except a slightly stuffy nose.

Viral illness possib: It is myth that teething causes infection, it could be quincidence. Your son may be having mild viral infection -having fever and stuffy nose. These symptoms may go away in 2-3 days. Watch for fever or cough, if persisting then see doctor. ...Read more

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8 month old son has loud stuffy nose at night or when lying on side. Have cats, but no other allergy symptoms. 3rd week now. Happy healthy otherwise.

8 month old son has loud stuffy nose at night or when lying on side. Have cats, but no other allergy symptoms. 3rd week now. Happy healthy otherwise.

URI vs. Allergy: Cats represent the most common allergenic domestic animals within households. The cat saliva is the most potent protein component producing allergy symptoms. This child's symptoms may also represent a viral upper respiratory infection. Start with saline nasal sprays, anti-inflammatories such as Aspirin or ibuprofen. If no improvement soon see an otolaryngologist to evaluate the nasal anatomy, etc. ...Read more

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My 9-month old baby girl has stuffy nose for two weeks, what should do?

My 9-month old baby girl has stuffy nose for two weeks, what should do?

Nasal saline: Nasal saline is to me the best single agent if the rx of a stuffy nose. Using liberal amounts you can accomplish 2 goals. Thinning the thickened secretions & washing irritants like dust, smoke particles & pollen away. It also helps to evaluate babies exposures & avoid irritants. Perfumes, dust, cooking & cleaning fumes, scented laundry soaps etc all can prolong a babies stuffiness. ...Read more

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My 15 month old has a cough and stuffy nose, if I let him cry at night would it make it worst?

My 15 month old has a cough and stuffy nose, if I let him cry at night would it make it worst?

No: His cough and cold can frequently progress to an ear infection which would cause your child to cry a lot especially at night. So I wouldn't let him cry- give him tylenol (acetaminophen) or Motrin to control pain and schedule a doctor's appointment. However, crying will not make the cold worse. ...Read more

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My 1 month old baby has a stuffy nose and wakes up a lot during the night because of it. What can I do to get rid of his stuffy nose?

My 1 month old baby has a stuffy nose and wakes up a lot during the night because of it. What can I do to get rid of his stuffy nose?

Humidity: A humidifier will help, as will using saline drops right in the nose to loosen the mucous. If someone is taking a shower, someone else sitting in bathroom in the steam from the shower is also helpful. Put the humidifier right next to the baby's crib. Putting it across the room doesn't do much good. ...Read more

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I think my 5 month old is catching my cold. During the night she has a little bit of a dry cough and stuffy nose. Any over counter medicine?

I think my 5 month old is catching my cold. During the night she has a little bit of a dry cough and stuffy nose. Any over counter medicine?

Saline nose drops: Saline (salt water) nose drops may relieve the symptoms of congestion. Also a vaporizer.There is currently no other safe otc medications for relief of symptoms at this age. ...Read more

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What are some natural remedies for my 10 month old baby stuffy nose.?

What are some natural remedies for my 10 month old baby stuffy nose.?

Keep it simple.: Saline drops ; bulb syringe can help. Don't give baby any decongestant medications. ...Read more

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My 7 month old has stuffy nose. What can I give her or do to help the stuffy nose and congestion? I am doing the saline spray/drop

My 7 month old has stuffy nose. What can I give her or do to help the stuffy nose and congestion? I am doing the saline spray/drop

? 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. ...Read more

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My 15 month old son have very stuffy nose and sneezing sometime with lots of mucus. I know I can't give him any medication. .. Kindly Advice?

My 15 month old son have very stuffy nose and sneezing sometime with lots of mucus. I know I can't give him any medication. .. Kindly Advice?

Stuffy nose: Steam works great. Stand while holding him near the hot shower. It will help also if you use nasal saline drops. ...Read more

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Would a homeopatic nasal spray be ok to use on a 3 month old baby's stuffy nose?

Would a homeopatic nasal spray be ok to use on a 3 month old baby's stuffy nose?

What is expected?: There is little scientific basis for homeopathic treatments. It would be better to consult your pediatrician to determine why the baby has a stuffy nose and treat accordingly. ...Read more

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My 5 month old has a fever of 100.8 has a stuffy nose and a cough should I take him to the er?

My 5 month old has a fever of 100.8 has a stuffy nose and a cough should I take him to the er?

What other sx?: Fever @ a 100.8 level is common in infants with a wide variety of minor and some significant illnesses. I find tylenol (acetaminophen) can give comfort ; take a degree off a temp, but any resolution will be the illness going thru its cycles. If baby is playing some ; taking fluids well enough to wet every 6hrs, u may be able to ride this out at home. If quiet, taking poorly etc. Call in ; or see the dr. ...Read more

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My 9 month old baby has stuffy nose and phlegm, what is good to give him or make to get rid of the phlegm.?

My 9 month old baby has stuffy nose and phlegm, what is good to give him or make to get rid of the phlegm.?

Stuffy nose: In infants, the use of saline nasal spray and suction of mucus when it loosens is one treatment; also a vaporizor for the steam or sitting in the bathroom running hot water in shower to make steam will help loosen the mucus for suctioning with the white or blue nasal/ear bulbs they sell over the counter. ...Read more

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Help! My 10 month old is sick. Runny stuffy nose and cough. Low grade fever. It hasn't gotten above 100 yet. What could be wrong?

Help! My 10 month old is sick. Runny stuffy nose and cough. Low grade fever. It hasn't gotten above 100 yet. What could be wrong?

VIRAL ILLNESS:: A common condition, caused by bunch of viruses. Starts with runny nose, cough, low grade fever, poor appetite, some nausea/vomiting/diarrhea.
Make sure drinks enough fluid, if too much mucous- reduce milk, some extra juice for few days, suck nose with bulb syringe if runny; if thick mucous, use saline nasal drop, then suck. Acetaminophen if fever is above 101 f. See pediatrician if not better. ...Read more

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My 2 month old has a stuffy nose but seems fine otherwise. I'm breastfeeding and I thought that prevented him from getting sick? What could he have?

My 2 month old has a stuffy nose but seems fine otherwise. I'm breastfeeding and I thought that prevented him from getting sick? What could he have?

Maybe nothing: Could have a mild cold or he could just have "normal baby congestion" because his passages are small. Breast feeding can help prevent a lot of things but not all...it will help though because of the antibodies to help babies recover. As long as he eats well and has no other symptoms...no worries. ...Read more

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Nasal Congestion (Stuffiness) (Definition)

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