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How to clear phlegm from a 2 year old child's throat?

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Dr. Cindy Juster
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In brief: Post-nasal drip.

It's difficult once it's in the back of the throat, because most toddlers can't cough and spit phlegm out like older kids and adults can.
It's best to get it at the source, which is usually a post-nasal drip; using saline nose drops to loosen the mucus, then bulb suctioning or having the child blow the nose (and repeating until mucus is gone) helps the most.

In brief: Post-nasal drip.

It's difficult once it's in the back of the throat, because most toddlers can't cough and spit phlegm out like older kids and adults can.
It's best to get it at the source, which is usually a post-nasal drip; using saline nose drops to loosen the mucus, then bulb suctioning or having the child blow the nose (and repeating until mucus is gone) helps the most.
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