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My 9 month old baby has stuffy nose and phlegm, what is good to give him or make to get rid of the phlegm.?

My 9 month old baby has stuffy nose and phlegm, what is good to give him or make to get rid of the phlegm.?

Stuffy nose: In infants, the use of saline nasal spray and suction of mucus when it loosens is one treatment; also a vaporizor for the steam or sitting in the bathroom running hot water in shower to make steam will help loosen the mucus for suctioning with the white or blue nasal/ear bulbs they sell over the counter. ...Read more

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Dr. John Chiu
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Rhinitis (Definition)

This is a symptomatic disorder of the nose characterized by inflamed nasal mucosa. Groupings of rhinitis exist triggered by infection, allergy, non-allergic triggers/exposure, meds, immune disorder, and/or structural problems in the nose. Symptoms can include itching, sneezing, congestion, watery/mucoid drainage, post-nasal drainage with sore throat, ear ...Read more


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My 3 week old baby has a congested nose and cough. His doctor only prescribed nasal drops but nothing for the cough. What can I give him?

My 3 week old baby has a congested nose and cough. His doctor only prescribed nasal drops but nothing for the cough. What can I give him?

Nasal wash: At 7 weeks 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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What should give a 2 month old for a congested cough and runny nose?

What should give a 2 month old for a congested cough and runny nose?

NO MEDS: You can use nasal saline spray followed by nasal aspiration. Cough and cold medications are not recommended for children under the age of 6 years. ...Read more

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Whats the best relief for sticky phlegm on babies and congested nose?

Whats the best relief for sticky phlegm on babies and congested  nose?

Salt water rinse: The best treatment for nasal mucus in a baby is salt water (saline) nasal drops or spray followed by gentle suction with a bulb syringe. ...Read more

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Aaiden has a runny nose a little cough and fever and stuffy nose at the same time what is best to make him feel better?

Aaiden has a runny nose a  little cough and fever and stuffy nose at the same time what is best to make him feel better?

Cough and fever: Key question is how does he feel? At 4years of age he can talk to you and you can observe his behavior. Most colds are caused by viruses which don't respond to the administration of antibiotics. If he attends daycare that's where he probably picked it up. If you believe that the fever is making him uncomfortable then you can give an appropriate dose of Ibuprofen. Old standby of chicken soup ...Read more

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My baby has a stuffy nose and coughing alot. What is the best way to ease his congestion?

My baby has a stuffy nose and coughing alot. What is the best way to ease his congestion?

Avoid irritants: Congestion is a normal response of the airway to inhaled dust, fumes, dry heat, pollen, etc. As well as infection. Airway mucous traps debris particles and works to remove them. Vaporizers help thin heavy mucous in some. Avoid cleaning products with heavy odors, perfumes, and smoke and change AC filters often. A particle filter for babys room may also help. Medications seldom help. ...Read more

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My 7 month old has stuffy nose. What can I give her or do to help the stuffy nose and congestion? I am doing the saline spray/drop

My 7 month old has stuffy nose. What can I give her or do to help the stuffy nose and  congestion? I am doing the saline spray/drop

?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 & 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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How to know what is best for sore throat and runny nose while breastfeeding?

How to know what is best for sore throat and runny nose while breastfeeding?

Tips: Tips: sore throat – gargle with warm salt water (1/2 tsp salt in 8 oz of water). Get strep test/culture if very sore. Congestion – saline nose drops or netti pot. For anti-inflammatory effect & mobilizing mucus- homemade chicken noodle soup. Hydrate- lots of water/clear broth/ add honey & asmall amt. Of lemon juice to chamomile tea.. Fever/ pain – acetaminophen/ nsaid’s rest! ...Read more

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Help please? What is the best medicine for sore throat, cough, stuffy nose, and relief for mucus?

Help please? What is the best medicine for sore throat, cough, stuffy nose, and relief for mucus?

Cold or flu: If less than 48 hours, and there truly is fever (temp > 100.3) then get to a doctor to get tested/examined to determine whether or not flu is present. If not, then you have a cold. I'm a big fan of the dayquil(for daytime, duh)/nyquil (for nightime)combination. Mucinex (guaifenesin) d can help with the mucous, plain Mucinex (guaifenesin) if ur hypertensive (high blood pressure) if worsening, you need to be seen. ...Read more

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What can you give a sick 19 mo old for a runny nose and fever?

What can you give a sick 19 mo old for a runny nose and fever?

19 mo old sick baby: If your baby has a fever you should talk to your pediatrician as after careful history he/she may tell you whether the child needs to be seen or not. You could try nasal saline flushes for runny nose but fever should not be neglected. ...Read more

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Child with cough and stuffy nose all the time, what do you suggest?

Child with cough and stuffy nose all the time, what do you suggest?

Cough and congestion: Its kind of hard to answer the question without knowing the age of the child. A 2 month old might be having reflux, a 2 year old may have allergies. At this timeof the year if the child is 6 months old or older and keeps a clear runny nose or congestion and a cough it is probably allergy related. ...Read more

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My son is asthmatic and he has a cold what cough medicine would be best to give him to clear up the congestion?

Asthma and cold: Make sure your son has a maintenance regimen and asthma action plan. When a viral trigger sets in, employ the necessary treatment in his action plan and maintain good hydration. Cough medicines often contain antihistamines and decongestants that can dry up mucus in his bronchial tubes and aggravate his asthma. Expectorants like guafenesin often do not help. Drinking lots of fluids usually helps. ...Read more

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Child with 101.9 fever for 3 days, a lot of mucus, rosey red cheeks and nose, and congested cough. What is it and what to do? Now please.

Child with 101.9 fever for 3 days, a lot of mucus, rosey red cheeks and nose, and congested cough. What is it and what to do? Now please.

Viral: Fever control, make your child comfortable.You may give decongestant/expectorant , antihistamine to help with the mucus .Have your child see doctor to rule out underlying bacterial infection eg sinusitis, tonsillitis, ear infection, pneumonia.Also wants to be sure, it is not fifth's disease. ...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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What would be best to take for sneezing, swollen eyes, runny nosé, deep cough, etc. And having asthma.

What would be best to take for sneezing, swollen eyes, runny nosé, deep cough, etc. And having asthma.

Allergies: There are over the counter remedies for allergies - Claritin, zyrtec and allegra are all available otc for allergies. Allergy eye drops - Zaditor (ketotifen) is also over the counter. Nasal sprays such as Flonase can be helpful to reduce the inflammation in your nose. Asthma treatment if needed is above and beyond allergy treatment. Request consult if you need more detailed information. ...Read more

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My 3 years old daughter have nasal congestion and sneezing no fever ..what to do for nasal congestion??.. albuterol sulfate is fine? So she can sleep

My 3 years old daughter have nasal congestion and sneezing no fever ..what to do for nasal congestion??.. albuterol sulfate is fine? So she can sleep

Nasal wash/saline: Albuterol sulfate has no value to a kid with a congested nose or sneezing.Any improvement you may have seen from a neb treatment would be from the moisture thinning her mucus.Most cases are aggravated by airborne irritants like dust, fumes or fragrances. Washing the irritants from the inside of her nose reduces her bodies reaction to them. Thus reducing the swelling & extra drainage they trigger ...Read more

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What is the best way to help a 8 month old with stuffy nose and cough?

Tlc: Bulb syringe and Normal Saline nose drops as needed to unplug the nose. A humidifier to help your baby sleep better. ...Read more

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My 3 months baby may caught what I have, sore throat. She has a temperature of 98.6, nasal congestion and runny nose, sneezing and coughing.what to do?

My 3 months baby may caught what I have, sore throat. She has a temperature of 98.6, nasal congestion and runny nose, sneezing and coughing.what to do?

Symptomatic care: It sounds like your baby may have caught your cold. Treatment at this age is aimed at helping the baby feel better - saline drops in nose, humidifier, bulb suction of secretions if necessary. Monitor for fever or increasing symptoms. If you are concerned that the baby is not acting normally or having any difficulty breathing, see the pediatrician. ...Read more

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Is there anything I can give my 5 month old baby for a blocked nose and chesty cough?

Is there anything I can give my 5 month old baby for a blocked nose and chesty cough?

Saline drops: No medicine, other than tyelenol for fever. You can run a humidifier, and use saline drops in his nose and then use bulb suction. If he is not eating wel or if he is having trouble breathing schedule an appointment with his doctor ...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


Dr. Nayla Mumneh
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Runny Nose (Definition)

Mucus fluid from the nose, usually caused by ...Read more