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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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Dr. Mark Loury
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Congestion (Definition)

Congestion refers to any situation of "backup of fluid." Congestion may refer to the sinuses being backed up with mucus, while pulmonary congestion refers to a backup of fluid into the lungs due to ...Read more


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

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 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 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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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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