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Dr. Jack Mutnick
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Nasal (Definition)

NaSal is a nasal preparation which is a kind of ...Read more


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When suctioning 9mo's nose, didn't notice that there was some water in the syringe after cleaning. It went up baby's nose. Amoeba risk? I'm scared.

When suctioning 9mo's nose, didn't notice that there was some water in the syringe after cleaning. It went up baby's nose. Amoeba risk? I'm scared.

Nigleria: You must be referring to Nigleria, in your fear. Yes, most cases have been associated with sinus irrigation. The risk for your baby is minute. But definitely throw away the auction bulb, it's unnecessary. ...Read more

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Can saline drops/spray hurt my 4month old baby? What about suctioning nose?

Can saline drops/spray hurt my 4month old baby? What about suctioning nose?

Yes/yes: This is the preferred method of managing nasal congestion in the first months of life. You can squirt it in and let it wash debris into the stomach. Little babies don't have the sneeze power to sneeze stuff out and most can't mouth breathe effectively until 6-8 mo to bypass the congestion. ...Read more

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My 3 month old is conjested with clear mucus coming out his nose. I am suctioning the mucus out with a syringe from the hospital. Any suggestions?

My 3 month old is conjested with clear mucus coming out his nose. I am suctioning the mucus out with a syringe from the hospital. Any suggestions?

Nasal wash: At 3 mo the primary cause of congestion is the environment. House dust, fragrance, perfumes, detergent or cleaning products all leave scents that may not bother you 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.Air particle filters can also help. ...Read more

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My 6 week baby nose is congested. I tried nasal spray and bulb syringe and she still can't breath right ;(?

My 6 week baby nose is congested. I tried nasal spray and bulb syringe and she still can't breath right ;(?

Reflux: in a baby can cause nasal congestion. Have your pediatrician check your baby to make sure there is no structural abnormality. If none, consider that the acid environment from reflux can lead to swelling of the nasal mucosa that will not respond to saline irrigation and suction. An antacid will help. ...Read more

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Can post nasal drip on 7mo cause coughs? Started w/runny nose. Humidifier, saline & bulb syringe used. Cough AM & PM. Bronchiolitis risk? Nebulizer?

Can post nasal drip on 7mo cause coughs? Started w/runny nose. Humidifier, saline & bulb syringe used. Cough AM & PM. Bronchiolitis risk? Nebulizer?

Yes: A post nasal drip can and commonly does cause a cough. Bronchiolitis is from lower airways (lungs). It is important for her pediatrician to listen and determine where the cough is coming from. The treatments are dramatically different. ...Read more

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My 11 month daughter nose is snotty and she won't let me use the bulb what can I do?

My 11 month daughter nose is snotty and she won't let me use the bulb what can I do?

Pediatrician : Must check with a pediatrician, ask about putting a humidifier in the baby's room. Must also check for allergies. ...Read more

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My 7 month old child has had a runny nose for the past week what can I do to stop it? I have tried saline drops the bulb suction and i just bought a v

See below: Problems like these can only be correctly handled by your doctor in person. He/she needs to listen to you, perform an examination and possibly run labs or other tests. That's the only way he/she can find out what's going on and what to do about it. ...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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