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Could runny nose be due to her teething? And what remedies are safe to clear her out? I have a 7 month old baby who just cut her first two bottom teeth this week. In this time she has developed an extreme runny nose and congestion that seems to obstruct

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Dr. Laura McMullen
Pediatrics
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In brief: Teething

Teething and the symptoms attributed to it are a common concern for parents.
Lots of studies have looked at this and shown the most common symptoms of teething to be: -increased biting -drooling -gum-rubbing -sucking -irritability -wakefulness -ear rubbing -facial rash -decreased appetite for solid foods -slightly elevated temperature (but still under 100.4f orally) her runny nose and congestion are more likely due to a cold. There are no over the counter cough or cold medications that are safe to give any children under 4 years old. They were all removed from the shelves a few years ago. Research showed that they did not help kids feel better in that age group and in fact could be harmful. If your infant is congested, you can run a cool mist vaporizer in her room and use saline and nasal suction to clear her nose. Otherwise you just have to let it run it's course. If she develops a fever, has any difficulty breathing, stops eating/drinking, acts very irritable or sleepy or acts sick in any way, call your child's doctor.

In brief: Teething

Teething and the symptoms attributed to it are a common concern for parents.
Lots of studies have looked at this and shown the most common symptoms of teething to be: -increased biting -drooling -gum-rubbing -sucking -irritability -wakefulness -ear rubbing -facial rash -decreased appetite for solid foods -slightly elevated temperature (but still under 100.4f orally) her runny nose and congestion are more likely due to a cold. There are no over the counter cough or cold medications that are safe to give any children under 4 years old. They were all removed from the shelves a few years ago. Research showed that they did not help kids feel better in that age group and in fact could be harmful. If your infant is congested, you can run a cool mist vaporizer in her room and use saline and nasal suction to clear her nose. Otherwise you just have to let it run it's course. If she develops a fever, has any difficulty breathing, stops eating/drinking, acts very irritable or sleepy or acts sick in any way, call your child's doctor.
Dr. Laura McMullen
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Dr. Oscar Novick
Pediatrics

In brief: Runny nose with teet

It is not uncommon for baby's noses to run when they are teething.
Use a bulb syringe to suck out the excess mucus. Saline nose drops should then be used. A vaporizer is also helpful.

In brief: Runny nose with teet

It is not uncommon for baby's noses to run when they are teething.
Use a bulb syringe to suck out the excess mucus. Saline nose drops should then be used. A vaporizer is also helpful.
Dr. Oscar Novick
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Dr. Howard Schneider
Dentistry - Pediatric

In brief: See your Pediatrian

Slight runny nose, low grade fever and crankiness could be signs of teething.
Extreme runny nose and heavy congestion is not normal for teething. Your child may have a cold at the same time as teething. I would pay a visit to your pediatrian to get this checked out.

In brief: See your Pediatrian

Slight runny nose, low grade fever and crankiness could be signs of teething.
Extreme runny nose and heavy congestion is not normal for teething. Your child may have a cold at the same time as teething. I would pay a visit to your pediatrian to get this checked out.
Dr. Howard Schneider
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