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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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Dr. Sue Ferranti
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Cough (Definition)

The cough reflex is a protective mechanism that uses muscles in your throat and chest to expel mucous and saliva that may contain pathogens that would otherwise possibly be inhaled via aerosol or to expel pathogens infecting the throat and respiratory system. Cough benefits the host by reducing load and benefits the pathogen which may then spread via aerosol. ...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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Are inhalant allergies common in a newborn ? I care for a 1 month old , a stuffy nose for two days. A temperature of 99.6 started today.

Are inhalant allergies common in  a newborn ? I care for a 1 month old , a stuffy nose  for two days. A temperature of 99.6  started today.

Allergies uncommon: Newborns depend on small nasal passages for breathing.Common irritants like dust, fragrance, smoke, paint fumes, cooking odors, etc.Can all cause congestion.Regular use of saline nasal wash can remove these irritants so baby can breathe easier.A temperature of 99.6 is normal @ this age. ...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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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 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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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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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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2 month old baby having mild stuffy nose and dry cough&sneeze (occasionally) since 3 weeks.Is it normal?Baby seems active otherwise.Gave saline drops

2 month old baby having mild stuffy nose and dry cough&sneeze (occasionally) since 3 weeks.Is it normal?Baby seems active otherwise.Gave saline drops

Continue the saline: Nasal washes, especially before feeding, if symptoms progress/fever or reduced feeding, see his doctor, otherwise make sure your baby isn't exposed to smokers or second hand smoke or other causes that would irritate the upper airways, enjoy your baby ...Read more

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5 month old has cough and stuffy nose, keeps pulling on and off the bottle. She's sleeping so so at night? Ear infection? Or just part of cold?

5 month old has cough and stuffy nose, keeps pulling on and off the bottle. She's sleeping so so at night? Ear infection? Or just part of cold?

5 month old: It could be any of the above that you mentioned. If you are concerned, please make an appointment with your pediatrician for an evaluation. The only way to diagnose an ear infection is to have a physician look in the ears with an otoscope. ...Read more

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One year old female with cold/cough, stuffy nose. What can I give her?

One year old female with cold/cough, stuffy nose. What can I give her?

Lots pf TLC: It is not recommended to give cold and cough medications to a child this age, the potential side effects outweigh any benefit. You can try elevating the bed so child can clear secretions better, you can run humidifier, bulb suction the nose if there are a lot of secretions. Have child drink lots of clear fluids. ...Read more

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One year old female with cold/cough, stuffy nose. What can be done or given?

One year old female with cold/cough, stuffy nose. What can be done or given?

Cold: There are no medications for cold at this age. Run a humdifier, suction the nose and make sure she is drinking well. ...Read more

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My one week old has thick green boogers, stuffy nose, and when he tries to cough he makes a loud screeching noise like if he cant cough, go to doctor?

My one week old has thick green boogers, stuffy nose, and when he tries to cough he makes a loud screeching noise like if he cant cough, go to doctor?

Yes better to ER: Call baby's pediatrician immediately for instructions , if unable to reach take to ER , before goes into respiratory distress . ...Read more

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My 2.5 month old baby boy has a bit of a cold. What are some things I can do to make things better? He is starting to get stuffed nose/small cough

My 2.5 month old baby boy has a bit of a cold. What are some things I can do to make things better? He is starting to get stuffed nose/small cough

Illness in infant: Nasal congestion and coughing in an infant is usually associated with an upper respiratory infection. Although most are viral and cannot be cured, bacterial forms in this age group can be very dangerous. Nasal saline drops to the nose can help with congestion (too young for any medication) while you are preparing for your doctor visit. ...Read more

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My 4 year old has been having a stuffy nose and cough for over a month now can this be serious should I take him ti see his doctor?

My 4 year old has been having a stuffy nose and cough for over a month now can this be serious should I take him ti see his doctor?

Effect on lifestyle?: If your kid is playing robustly, resting well at night and the symptoms bother u more than the kid, simple monitoring is ok. Reduce or eliminate exposures to known irritants, smoke/fumes/etc. & a trial of otc allergy med may be in order. If kid is dragging around, not up to playing with peers, appears worn out or otherwise down, a look over with his regular dr is in order. ...Read more

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Is there any natural way to sooth my two months old son wet cough and stuffy nose? My doctor gave mucopect, which doesn't help. It's already 3 days.

Is there any natural way to sooth my two months old son wet cough and stuffy nose? My doctor gave mucopect, which doesn't help. It's already 3 days.

Consider formula: If you are breast feeding, there is nothing better. If you are formula feeding, your child may have a sensitivity to some of the ingredients in the formula. "food allergies" - particularly to milk (and similar proteins)- are common in infants. A formula change sometimes works. Other holistic interventions: vaporizer or cool mist humidifier in his room. ...Read more

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I've been using saline drops & suction bulb for my 3 month olds stuffy nose but now he has a wet cough. Can I also use the suction bulb for his mouth?

I've been using saline drops & suction bulb for my 3 month olds stuffy nose but now he has a wet cough.  Can I also use the suction bulb for his mouth?

Yes: Saline & suction are a good standby for simple nasal & oral airway maintainance. There is no reason not to use a nasal aspiratorr in the mouth, they are connected surfaces. As long as baby is feeding well & playful for most of the day this is a fine approach. If you notice baby working harder to breathe, dropping feed volume or appearing restless or tired an evaluation may be warrented. ...Read more

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My son has a miserable cough and stuffed nose. He is having trouble sleeping because of his coughing. Is there a expectorant I can give a 7 month old?

My son has a miserable cough and stuffed nose. He is having trouble sleeping because of his coughing. Is there a expectorant I can give a 7 month old?

Not approved: Most medications and herbs are not appropriate or FDA approved for infants, and dosing cannot be safely advised. Increasing humidity and keeping your baby well hydrated may lessen the symptoms and to support the body as it heals itself. Prolonged symptoms of fever, cough and congestion should be evaluated by your pediatrician and may require further treatment. ...Read more

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How to relieve a two year old cough and stuffy nose? Any medicine?

How to relieve a two year old cough and stuffy nose? Any medicine?

Be wise and patient: In perspective a cough and runny nose are very likely to be a minor viral upper respiratory infection (a cold). Danger signs would include high fever (over 101), pulling at the ears, very fast or difficult breathing. No need for meds even over the counter products. Maybe temporarily avoid dairy products which make mucous and more congestion. ...Read more

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Dr. Jack Mutnick
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Nasal (Definition)

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Nasal Congestion (Stuffiness) (Definition)

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