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What causes conjunctivitis in babies?

What causes conjunctivitis in babies?

Infections and Chem: Newborns can get conjuctivitis from chemicals (prophylaxis for infections at birth), bacteria (gonorrhea, chlamydia), or viruses (herpes). Any large amount of discharge and red/watery eyes should prompt an exam by a physician. ...Read more

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What causes fussiness in newborns?

What causes fussiness in newborns?

Many reasons: There are many reasons for a fussy newborn. Colic starts about a month of age, esophageal reflux can cause this, sometimes they are just fussy. However, there can be some very concerning reasons such as an infection. It is best to see your doctor about this.. ...Read more

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What causes congestion in pregnancy?

What causes congestion in pregnancy?

Swollen blood vessel: Fluid volume in the body increases during pregnancy and blood vessels enlarge to accomadate this. Veins and capillaries will swell as well and if these are in the nasal passages, they can lead to a feeling of stuffiness. ...Read more

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What causes UTI in babies?

What causes UTI in babies?

Confusing question: UTI's are caused by germs at any age. In younger patients you would be concerned about abnormalities in the urinary tract and outflow structures that could predispose the kid to UTI's. Simple entrapment of urine flow by a redundant foreskin or knitting of the labia can predispose them ti UTI's. ...Read more

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What causes ear infections in babies?

What causes ear infections in babies?

Usually a virus: Ear infections are really common in kids and usually what happens is your little one gets a common cold virus which causes mucous and nasal congestion. This leads to mucous and inflammation in their tiny inner ear canals. This can cause pain, irritability and fevers. Sometimes bacteria grow in this area too and can also cause ear infections. Breastfeeding can sometimes prevent them! ...Read more

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What causes allergies in children?

What causes allergies in children?

Genes + environment: To develop an allergy, you need a genetic predisposition. For example, children at highest risk of developing allergic asthma are those whose parents have asthma. Also necessary is multiple exposures to the allergen. The strongest predictor of developing allergies in the future is having allergic disease now (for example, a child with eczema has increased chance of developing asthma). ...Read more

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What causes bad breath in babies?

What causes bad breath in babies?

Several conditions and food: In infants bad breath can be due to many conditions gastro esophageal reflux infections in mouth, throat, nose foreigh body in the nose or ear enlarged tonsils and adenoids thumb sucking pacifier use taking a bottle to bed sugary drinks in older infant if the bad breath is persistant the infant needs to be examined by your pediatrician. ...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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What causes asthma to occur in children?

What causes asthma to occur in children?

Genetics/external fr: There is ample evidence that true asthma is genetically linked to the issues of allergy & eczema & frequency is higher when one or both parents are affected. Lower respiratory tract viruses often trigger both infectious wheezing & that of true asthma early on with infectious wheezing subsiding after 3-4y. Allergies often co-exist but less than 5% of events are allergy driven alone. ...Read more

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What are the causes of hoarseness in infants?

What are the causes of hoarseness in infants?

A variety of causes: Hoarseness in infants can be from a variety of causes. Babies can have reflux and chronic irritation of the airway from the spitting up can cause hoarseness. Viral illness can cause short-term hoarseness. Some babies are born with a paralyzed vocal cord. Babies can have papillomas on their vocal cords (especially if the mother had known genital warts at some time in her life). ...Read more

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What causes polups in the nose?

What causes polups in the nose?

Many causes: Polyps are usually inflammatory from myriad causes including allergy or other inflammatory conditions. Nasal polyps can definitely affect quality of life. Chronic sinusitis from polyps not only affect breathing but also may result in sleep disturbance, fatigue, and poor sense of smell. Polyps are definitely treatable so please see an ENT. ...Read more

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What causes a runny tummy together with vomiting in babies?

What causes a runny tummy together with vomiting in babies?

Rumbly tummy?: Do you mean rumbly (noisy) tummy or diarrhea (runny stools)? Vomiting and diarrhea often occur in babies and children as a result of viral infections. Usually these don't cause fever or bloody poops, and kids get through them. Often it helps to frequently give small amounts of breastmilk or fluids if the baby is sick with fever > 102f or not keeping down enough fluids to pee 3-4 x per day, seedr. ...Read more

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What causes mucous in poop?

What causes mucous in poop?

Sloughing of lining: of intestines , mucus cells to keep things from drying out , if too much could be sign of disease like inflammatory bowel disease [crohns, ulcerative colitis , spec. if pain/blood ] or just temporary viral gastroenteritis. ...Read more

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What are common causes of nose bleeds in children?

What are common causes of nose bleeds in children?

Can't stop the bleed: The most common reason for nosebleeds in children is dryness in the nose. Dryness can be due to dry heat in the home or changes in weather. You may try putting a nasal saline gel inside the nose to keep the nose lubricated and moist. If the nose continues to bleed, you may need to see an ear, nose, throat doctor to cauterize the blood vessel which is bleeding and may be close to the surface. ...Read more

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What causes milk allergy in toddlers?

What causes milk allergy in toddlers?

Antibodies to milk: Milk allergy is an adverse immune response to a certain protein in cow's milk. Allergic responses include dermatitis, gastrointestinal and respiratory distress, including such life-threatening anaphylactic responses. Milk allergy is the most common food allergy in early childhood, affecting 2-3% of infants. Consultation with a board-certified allergist is recommended. ...Read more

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What causes poop to be green in some babies?

What causes poop to be green in some babies?

Normal: The stool color is provided by the bile from the liver that is adds to fecal debris.It starts out a deep green & changes thru greens to yellows to browns as the germs in the intestines metabolize the bile.Green generally means the stool in question moved through faster or was subject to less change by gut germs. ...Read more

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What are the causes for bad smell in nose?

What are the causes for bad smell in nose?

Bad smell in nose: You could have an infection in your nose or sinuses. Have your nose evaluated by a board certified otolaryngologist. ...Read more

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What could cause hypotonia in toddlers?

What could cause hypotonia in toddlers?

Many things: Hypotonia can be due to a neurologic disorder present from birth, it can be due to an acute illness, drugs and toxic exposures, etc.. The specific answer in one child will depend the circumstances and all the other details of what's going on with that child. ...Read more

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Can you give an infant anything for congestion?

Can you give an infant anything for congestion?

Saline: Currently, decongestants and antihistamines are not recommended for the very youngest. Saline spray is a safe treatment. Consider an ENT consult to check for anatomic blockages and allergies. I recently treated a 4 month old with a congenitally blocked nose. ...Read more

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What can I give my 7 week old infant for congestion?

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What can I give my 7 week old infant for congestion?

Nasal saline drops: Babies ages 2-12 months can easily catch colds from other people. If there is just a runny nose, without much fussiness, without any high fever, without other worrisome symptoms, then parents can leave the nose alone. If the mucous is blocking the nose somewhat, try a few drops of saline, followed by gentle suctioning with a suction bulb. A doctor should examine younger or more symptomatic babies. ...Read more

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Is nebulising with normal saline equivalent to giving steam to a 2.5 month ok infant for cold and congestion?

Is nebulising with normal saline equivalent to giving steam to a 2.5 month ok infant for cold and congestion?

OK for some to use: If a kid is playful and feeding well, but has nasal congestion and cough, i often use this if the parents have the equipment.The object is to help loosen the mucous and i find this can work as well or better than steaming a shower or using a vaporizer. If the kids work of breathing is visibly increased, feedings are off and the kid is not playful, an office eval would be in order. ...Read more

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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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My babies complain of common cold how can I treat them without medication ( they are 6 months ) there is no fever just runing nose and congestion?

My babies complain of common cold how can I treat them without medication ( they are 6 months ) there is no fever just runing nose and congestion?

saline: Cold meds we use as adults or with older kids reduce drainage by using meds that dry ; thicken the drainage.Babies are dependent on narrow nasal passages that will block with thickened drainage. Your best rx for infants is to use generous amounts of saline nose wash and occasional suction to keep their nasal passages clear. Clean it as often as needed ; avoid all the stuff for old kids. ...Read more

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My 8 week old infant has coughing fits mostly after feeding. No fever or congestion.

My 8 week old infant has coughing fits mostly after feeding.  No fever or congestion.

Follow up/advice: This symptom could be related to aspiration of liquid into the airway during feeding. I would advise feeding the baby at a 30 degree angle and having your pediatrician observe feedings. ...Read more

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My infant's nose has a honking sound when she inhales. Is this congestion and do I need to use a nasal aspirator?

My infant's nose has a honking sound when she inhales. Is this congestion and do I need to use a nasal aspirator?

Probably: However i don't know enough to say for sure. Like is this new. And if it is new, an aspirator could be tried but safely. ...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?

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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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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Child has runny nose/congestion all the time on and off ever since school started. What could be the cause for ongoing congestion?

Child has runny nose/congestion all the time on and off ever since school started. What could be the cause for ongoing congestion?

Allergic rhinitis: Persistent nasal congestion with sneezing and clear nasal drainage, without fever, is suggestive of allergies. This usually responds nicely to over the counter allergy medications intended to be taken once daily. It is also not uncommon for young children to get upper respiratory infections once a month during early years of daycare or elementary school (usually viral). ...Read more

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Can heavy nasal congestion cause vomiting in 4 year old child?

Can heavy nasal congestion cause vomiting in 4 year old child?

Maybe: Over the years I have seen many kids with excessive nasal drainage have recurrent vomiting of a phlemy material. This material is poorly tolerated by the stomach. Pushing fluid intake can dilute the material and reduce vomiting episodes. Efforts to reduce the nasal congestion with a nasal wash can also be helpful. ...Read more

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Can cold weather cause runny nose/congestion in child. No other symptoms?

Can cold weather cause runny nose/congestion in child. No other symptoms?

Sure: We have all experienced a runny nose when the it starts to get cold out. Fall also is a classic season for :"Fall Allergies" which will cause congestion and the Rhinitis and runny nose syndromes. Best wishes. ...Read more

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Can congestion and being phlegmy from dairy cause ear infections? Can congestion and runny nose cause ear infections? A family member gets phlegmy from dairy. A family member smokes in the vehicle. The child has had several ear infections and is always co

Can congestion and being phlegmy from dairy cause ear infections? Can congestion and runny nose cause ear infections? A family member gets phlegmy from dairy. A family member smokes in the vehicle. The child has had several ear infections and is always co

dairy no, smoke yes: Dairy is not associated with ear infections. Smoke exposure is associated with more frequent ear infections and asthma in children. I encourage you to have all adults in your child's life quit smoking. Even if they smoke outside the home, the toxic subtances are absorbed into their skin, hair and clothes an put children at risk. ...Read more

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What can I do if my baby has congestion?

What can I do if my baby has congestion?

?age?: 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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What are your thoughts? Could water help the baby cold and congestion?

Not necessarily: Supplemental water has no direct effect on infants tolerance of cold symptoms. Their basic feeds of breast milk or formula should provide the proper blend of nutrients as needed.Nasal saline wash will often thin down nasal secretions and help them rest. ...Read more

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Can a vaporizer next to baby's crib help with congestion and stuffy noise?

Can a vaporizer next to baby's crib help with congestion and stuffy noise?

Increasing humidity: offers some relief from the discomfort of nasal congestion in infants, and also helps during Croup type infections. ...Read more

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Nasal Congestion (Stuffiness) (Definition)

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