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Chest Congestion (Definition)

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How can I relieve chest congestion in 2 months old infant? Can I give him something for it?

How can I relieve chest congestion in 2 months old infant? Can I give him something for it?

No medication: Unfortunately there are no medications appropriate for infants when they are sick with cold and congestion. But you can relieve your baby's symptoms by using normal saline with an infant bulb suction to clear the nasal passage. ...Read more

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What is the best way to treat my infant chest congestion? No heavy breathing, and she's still eating good. She just coughs a lot.

What is the best way to treat my infant chest congestion? No heavy breathing, and she's still eating good. She just coughs a lot.

See Doctor: A vaporizer and the use of saline nose drops may help the symptoms, but if it continues or has been there a week or more-see your pediatrician. ...Read more

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My infant has chest congestion I was told by a doctor to use a bulb syringe and saline, but nothing comes our her nose, am I doing something wrong?

My infant has chest congestion I was told by a doctor to use a bulb syringe and saline, but nothing comes our her nose, am I doing something wrong?

Just watch: Nasal bulb suction is not really of help for chest congestion. Watch for heavy breathing, fever, and feeding difficulties which require medical attention. ...Read more

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My infant has chest congestion I was told by a doctor to use a bulb syringe and saline, but nothing comes our her nose, am I doing something wrong?

My infant has chest congestion I was told by a doctor to use a bulb syringe and saline, but nothing comes our her nose, am I doing something wrong?

Nothing wrong!: You are doing nothing wrong. Bulb syringe will help with nasal congestion and mucous. Chest congestion may be helped by humifier. If labored breathing or persistent fever, get your infant seen by an experienced Pediatrician! ...Read more

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Infant with sore throat and chest congestion?

Infant with sore throat and chest congestion?

Child: If the child is not responding to OTC products such as Tylinol or Delsym (dextromethorphan) please take the child to the doctor ...Read more

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What can you recommend for Infants with sore throat and chest congestion?

What can you recommend for Infants with sore throat and chest congestion?

Stop smoking: If you smoke in the house or car with the infant around he/she will have lots of these issues. In general some infant tylenol (acetaminophen) or pediaprofen drops can be used for the pain and usually you can find meds for infant congestion at the pharmacy as well. Infants tylenol (acetaminophen) cold may help both. However, if your baby seems fairly sick, skip this and go see your pediatrician or family practice doc ...Read more

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My baby is 6months now he has cough and chest congestion problem since he was 20days we nabolise him what should I do?

My baby is 6months now he has cough and chest congestion problem since he was 20days we nabolise him what should I do?

Needs pulmonologist: If he is 6 months old and has been nebulised since he was 20 days old have him see a pediatric pulmonologist. This is too long to be ongoing. I hope there is no second hand smoke exposure ...Read more

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Can nebulizing with normal seline help with chest congestion in toddlers? What are some tips for clearing severe chest congestion in 3 yrs old?

Can nebulizing with normal seline help with chest congestion in toddlers? What are some tips for clearing severe chest congestion in 3 yrs old?

Nebulizing with: Saline will help just as much as a humidifier/vaporizer. It sounds like the child needs to be checked by a doctor to see if there is a bronchitis or asthma/wheezing. The treatment for those things is different and needs an evaluation. ...Read more

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My baby is having cold and chest congestion, can I give yogurt and other dairy products to her?

My baby is having cold and chest congestion, can I give yogurt and other dairy products to her?

Yes: Giving yogurt and dairy products does not generally increase chest congestion--that is not a scientific fact although people sometimes feel it does. The only rare instance would be if the baby had an allergy to milk which is relatively rare. ...Read more

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My 4 month old has chest congestion. I was told to give her saline mist to clear it up. How often am I suppose to give it to her.?

My 4 month old has chest congestion. I was told to give her saline mist to clear it up. How often am I suppose to give it to her.?

Chest congestion: Saline is good for clearing up a stuffy nose. Perhaps your baby also has a cough produced by the chest congestion? Maintaining good hydration by frequent feedings is also helpful.
If its cold weather in your locality, a humidifier or vaporizer will also help. ...Read more

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I've had pretty bad chest congestion for a few years now, sometimes clearing my airways of mucus every 2 minutes. Gets worse in cold, exercise, indoor?

May be asthma and...: It is difficult to tell what you have, but I would suspect asthma is likely cause of your trouble. Cystic fibrosis may have similar symptoms, but should have been having symptoms since childhood. COPD is not likely in a 24 yrs old and alpha1-antitrypsin deficiency may also do so, but often in 30s-40s and smoking increase/causes earlier symptoms. U should consult doc for eval/treatment. Good luck. ...Read more

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Which helps more: vaporizer or cool mist humidifier for baby chest congestion?

Which helps more: vaporizer or cool mist humidifier for baby chest congestion?

Same: Humidifier or vaporizer both add moisture to the air to help keep our secretions moist and thin. I think they basically do the same. ...Read more

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My baby had cold, cough n chest congestion for more than a wyk. Doc gave medcine. Still not fully recoverd. Now she refuse to eat. Wat could it be. Plz?

My baby had cold, cough n chest congestion for more than a wyk. Doc gave medcine. Still not fully recoverd. Now she refuse to eat. Wat could it be. Plz?

Have her seen again: It may have been a viral infection and now she has a secondary infection. If she refuses to eat or drink have her checked again. ...Read more

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What is the best way to get rid of chest congestion in 10 month old baby?

What is the best way to get rid of chest congestion in 10 month old baby?

Supportive care: Chest congestion in an infant or young child can be a very frustrating symptoms to treat. Over the counter cough and cold medicine are not recommended for children under the age of four. Often you can provide some relief with nasal saline sprays and suction of the nose, vapor rubs on the chest and a cool mist humidifier in the room. If things worsen, make an appointment to see the pediatrician. ...Read more

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16 month baby gets chest congestion often Taken antibiotics twice in a month. What food causes this. How to prevent chest congestion?

16 month baby gets chest congestion often Taken antibiotics twice in a month. What food causes this. How to prevent chest congestion?

Chest congestion: Symptoms such as chest congestion are more likely to related to a virus. If children are allergic to foods, this may also happen. Foods that children are often allergic to are nuts, peanuts, shellfish, chocolate and milk. See if there is a relationship with any foods. All the best. ...Read more

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Can I give my 10 months old baby carrot and beet root juice? I want to bring it to your notice that till 3 days back he had severe chest congestion!

Can I give my 10 months old baby carrot and beet root juice? I want to bring it to your notice that till 3 days back he had severe chest congestion!

Okay to give: Vegetables. It is safe to give your the vegetables you mentioned. Please make sure that you visit your pediatrician regularly and get all the recommended vaccinations. ...Read more

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My two month baby has serve cough and chest congestion prescribe me some medicines and fenistil is fine for him?

My two month baby has serve cough and chest congestion prescribe me some medicines and fenistil is fine for him?

Cough: We are in the middle of the RSV season. That is the most common cause of cough right now in children. A 2 month with a severe cough needs to see the doctor to check for this and other infections. Your baby is too young to let this infection run its course. Testing oxygen levels and listening to the lungs for infection is essential. Let's go soon! ...Read more

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Sick while pregnant to ER for chest congestion/ cough if the start in maternity they still treat you there not check baby then send you to ER after...

Sick while pregnant to ER for chest congestion/ cough if the start in maternity they still treat you there not check baby then send you to ER after...

See your OB: I hope you had your flu vaccine! You and your baby need to be checked when you are ill. It is typical that after checking the baby's heart rate, you are sent to the er for a medical condition such as yours. If you are infectious, it is not good for you to be near other pregnant patients until you have been evaluated. ...Read more

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My baby has chest congestion, I'm using the saline and bulb syringe, but nothing comes out her nose. Am I doing something wrong?

My baby has chest congestion, I'm using the saline and bulb syringe, but nothing comes out her nose. Am I doing something wrong?

This is normal: If he has chest congestion there may be no nasal secretions. Using the bulb a lot may cause more irritation of the nose. Try using a cool mist humidifier. ...Read more

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Can I use the vapor steam liquid medication inside the warm steam vaporizer to clear my 5 month old chest congestion? Or should I use plain water.

Can I use the vapor steam liquid medication inside the warm steam vaporizer to clear my 5 month old chest congestion? Or should I use plain water.

Plain: If it stinks/has any odor, it is actually irritating to babies airway and potentially harmful. Plain water produces a moistening steam that soothes the airway. ...Read more

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Mucinex (guaifenesin) not helping chest congestion sounds like I'm snoring when I breath clears with deep coughs then comes back after few min.

Mucinex (guaifenesin) not helping chest congestion sounds like I'm snoring when I breath clears with deep coughs then comes back after few min.

Chest xray and ov: You need to get a chest xray and an office vist, to differentiate between pneumonia and bronchitis. Your doctor also may want to put you on antibiotics for a short course. ...Read more

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I have terrible chest congestion with a itchy cough in my lungs. I am on a z-pac. How long does it usually take to clear up?

I have terrible chest congestion with a itchy cough in my lungs. I am on a z-pac. How long does it usually take to clear up?

Doctor can re-check: After starting antibiotics, things should be better each day after the first 2 days. Otherwise, the doctor can re-check to see if a different antibiotic or a longer course of antibiotics is needed. Sometimes asthma meds such as inhalers and anti-inflammatories like singulair (montelukast) or Prednisone are also needed. If doing well, a mild residual cough can be around for a couple of weeks, improving daily. ...Read more

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10 month old baby with sudden onset of chest congestion. No fever, has cough. Am doing everything possible at home. Could it be allergies?

10 month old baby with sudden onset of chest congestion. No fever, has cough. Am doing everything possible at home. Could it be allergies?

COUGH: It can be caused by anything like virus, allergies or develop bronchiolitis which can be bronchial asthma later. Treatment is supportive. Playful and feeding is good, observe. Not sure, see md. ...Read more

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I have 10 mth old baby he is suffering frm chest congestion and runny nose not taking feeds properly and doesn't sleep comfortably at night.?

I have 10 mth old baby he is suffering frm chest congestion and runny nose not taking feeds properly and doesn't sleep comfortably at night.?

See your doctor.: There are two possibilities: upper respiratory congestion with the nose inflamed with mucus or a combination of the head cold with wheezing (aka acute bronchiolitis). A thorough exam will elucidate this and lead you to better symptom relief/treatment. ...Read more

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My 3month old. Baby has a cold is very congested, keeps coughing a lot also a low grade fever I gave her tylonel for. How can I help her chest congestion?

My 3month old. Baby has a cold is very congested, keeps coughing a lot also a low grade fever I gave her tylonel for. How can I help her chest congestion?

Supportive care.....: There are no medications that can be safely given to a 4 month old. Saline nose drops, with gentle bulb suction to remove mucus, a humidifier or vaporizer to keep mucus loose, elevation of your child's head in the crib and a cool/comfortable room temperature will help him feel more comfortable. If her develops a fever, is very cranky, refuses to eat or is breathing fast he should be seen by his md. ...Read more

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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?

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?

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. ...Read more

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