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I'm familiar with the term "snot nose kid" but it seems our 2 year old has had a runny nose for more than 6 months now. Should we be concerned?

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In brief: Foreign object?

Children with chronic nasal discharge may suffer from sinusitis, allergic rhinitis or a foreign object in the nose.
If it is just one side that is runny, be sure your doctor carefully examines the nostril for a foreign object. Lots of two year olds stick things up their noses and in their ears.

In brief: Foreign object?

Children with chronic nasal discharge may suffer from sinusitis, allergic rhinitis or a foreign object in the nose.
If it is just one side that is runny, be sure your doctor carefully examines the nostril for a foreign object. Lots of two year olds stick things up their noses and in their ears.
Dr. Ronda Dennis-Smithart
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Dr. Steven Machtinger
Kids do stick foreign bodies in their noses - and sometimes their friends' or younger siblings' nose. Foreign bodies cause obstruction of mucous flow leading to bacterial infection. The stuff coming out of that nostril will be thick and yellow-green. It may also have an odor. The mucous of sinusitis is also thick & colored while that of allergic rhinitis is watery and clear to white in color.
Dr. David Astrachan
ENT - Head & Neck Surgery
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In brief: Probably not

If your child is growing well and is otherwise healthy the runny nose is probably of no importance.
If, however, he is coughing, sick, congested, not sleeping well or any other sig symptom then he may have a chronic infection of his nose or sinuses or some other ailment. You should discuss this with your pediatrician or with an ENT who takes care of children.

In brief: Probably not

If your child is growing well and is otherwise healthy the runny nose is probably of no importance.
If, however, he is coughing, sick, congested, not sleeping well or any other sig symptom then he may have a chronic infection of his nose or sinuses or some other ailment. You should discuss this with your pediatrician or with an ENT who takes care of children.
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Dr. Kenneth Cheng
Family Medicine

In brief: Possible allergies

Chronic runny nose in a child could be due to allergies.
He or she should be evaluated by your pediatrician or family doctor to determine the diagnosis and provide you with a treatment plan.

In brief: Possible allergies

Chronic runny nose in a child could be due to allergies.
He or she should be evaluated by your pediatrician or family doctor to determine the diagnosis and provide you with a treatment plan.
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