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How can I clear the nasal passages of an infant?

How can I clear the nasal passages of an infant?

Saline and suction.: You can use saline nasal drops, which can be purchased over-the-counter and a bulb syringe/nasal aspirator, which you may have received in the hospital after the infant's birth. Otherwise you can purchase one in the pharmacy. Put the drops in the nostrils and attempt to aspirate the loosened mucous with the aspirator. Even if you can't aspirate any mucous, the saline will loosen it. ...Read more

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My sister's infant having breath problems after feeding. Not frequently but i think it has to do with burping and nasal cleansing?

My sister's infant having breath problems after feeding. Not frequently but i think it has to do with burping and nasal cleansing?

Feeding: Nasal congestion is a possibility but another important cause is esophageal reflux. Infants with reflux may choke with feeds. ...Read more

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My 2 day old infant is having cold, due to which her nose is choked. We're using a saline nasal drop as needed. Kindly provide your input on this. ?

My 2 day old infant is having cold, due to which her nose is choked. We're using a saline nasal drop as needed. Kindly provide your input on this. ?

Nasal congestion: At 2do the primary cause of congestion are irritants. House dust, fragrance, perfumes, detergent or cleaning products all leave scents that don't bother adults but irritate a babies nose. A good nasal clean out with saline can remove much of this irritant load, but removing the offending irritants from babies life helps more in the long run. ...Read more

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My infant has occasional nasal flarinf but not other signs of respiratory distress is this normal?

My infant has occasional nasal flarinf but not other signs of respiratory distress is this normal?

Mgt: Nasal flaring is a symptom of associated respiratory problems. It would be helpful to see a short video of the problem, which you can show to your PCP. Observe your baby's breathing pattern while asleep and report any problems. ...Read more

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Is it safe for an infant to be close to a child who had have nasal flu vaccine?

Is it safe for an infant to be close to a child who had have nasal flu vaccine?

Yes: It is safe for a child to be administered FluMist when they have close contact with an infant <6 months of age. ...Read more

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How do we clean off infant nose boogle without hurting them?

How do we clean off infant nose boogle without hurting them?

See answer: If the mucus and/or "nose boogie" is visible and near the nare (opening)-simply use a soft tissue and wipe the infants nose. For increased congestion and nasal mucus you can use a bulb syringe. Check with your pharmacy and discuss the proper use of it with them or your dr. Best wishes. ...Read more

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My infant is 3 weeks old after each feeding he vomits no food is staying down . It came through his nose he is really fussy nothings working.

My infant is 3 weeks old after each feeding he vomits no food is staying down . It came through his nose he is really fussy nothings working.

Acid reflux vs other: This could be acid reflux which is common in infants. Reflux usually causes vomiting through the mouth or nose after feedings, with abrupt position change, or when pressure is placed on the abdomen. The severity of reflux varies. Projectile vomiting, green vomit, weight loss and lethargy are concerning for more serious GI issues and should be evaluated immediately. ...Read more

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Can I use retinol nose drop to my infant?

Saline better: If you need nose drops to clear congestion in an infant, better to use just plain old saline drops than any medicated drops. They work just as well if not better and are totally safe. ...Read more

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How can a stuffy nose be treated in an infant?

Nasal saline: Liberal use of nasal saline wash or spray can help an infant thin out their nasal secretions & increase the effective size of their airway. Suction may or may not retrieve the excess & it's ok if it drains into the stomach. It can be used as often as needed.Also make an attempt to remove any aggravating odors or fumes from babies space. Smoke or perfumes can be hard on baby. ...Read more

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When an infants nose is blocked with a bit of mucus how can I remove it to help her breath easy???

When an infants nose is blocked with a bit of mucus how can I remove it to help her breath easy???

Bulb syringe: You may have been given a bulb syringe when your baby was born. In addition you can use salt water nose drops ...Read more

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Why does formula runs/seeps from infants nose 15 min after feeding. Healthy. 7 days old. C-sec. Apgar 2 & 9?

Why does formula runs/seeps from infants nose 15 min after feeding. Healthy. 7 days old. C-sec. Apgar 2 & 9?

Reflux-see Dr. : If baby isn't coughing or having difficulty with feeding, he might be having reflux. Milk remains in the stomach thanks to the ge sphincter, a muscle that encircles the top of the stomach-opening when food comes down, and closing to keep the food in the stomach. If it is 'loose' milk can silently come up the 'food pipe' or esophagus. Keep baby upright in your arms 30" after feeds, and see dr. ...Read more

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What to do if milk comes out infants nose while burping them?

What to do if milk comes out infants nose while burping them?

Gentle burping: You have to be careful while burping the baby so that no milk comes out of infant nose.Do not burp too hard,see that infant chest is not press hard while burping .Hold the baby upright to avoid milk coming out of nose , this is very important .Also make sure baby is not overfed ,that also leads to regurgitation ...Read more

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How can flu in an infant be treated ? Hi, my baby 2 month-old has been having flu symptoms for 2 days such as stufy nose and dry coughe?

How can flu in an infant be treated ?
Hi, my baby 2 month-old has been having flu symptoms for 2 days such as stufy nose and dry coughe?

M.D. visit: At this time of year, it may be due to another viral or bacterial illness. There are certain infection that also can be diagnosed at this age, which actually may have been transmitted earlier in life. Monitor the baby's temperature, and it is advisable to call your physician. If the temperature is elevated, then a work up is indicated. PRMG/Pediatrics, fax 858 259 9689 for review of records. ...Read more

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What are causes of a continuous cough and runny nose in an infant?

What are causes of a continuous cough and runny nose in an infant?

Many: Continuous cough and runny nose in an infant should be discussed with your doctor. It might be as simple as recurrent colds this time of year, but it could signify a chronic condition (wheezing or acid reflux), or a more serious infection (whooping cough or bronchiolitis). Treatments vary based on the cause, so a careful exam should be done by your pediatrician. ...Read more

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Is use of Otrivin (.05%) nose drops in infants helpful in avoiding ear pain when flying?

Is use of Otrivin (.05%) nose drops in infants helpful in avoiding ear pain when flying?

Possibly: Otrivin (xylometazoline) is a decongestant that will shrink clogged nasal passages. if there is no cold or facial congestion, it will not have much effect. Swallowing helps open the passageways and clear the ears, so a good way to help your infant avoid ear pain is to make sure he's hungry by the time the airplane descends, and continuously feed from a bottle during descent. ...Read more