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My 1 month old has stuffy nose and a cough.. What do II do?

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Dr. James Ferguson
Pediatrics
1 doctor agrees

In brief: ?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 &cough & 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.

In brief: ?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 &cough & 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.
Dr. James Ferguson
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Dr. Colin Kerr
Family Medicine
1 doctor agrees

In brief: Baby cold

The recommended interventions for a baby cold -- stuffy nose --is either sucking out the excess mucous, if there is a lot of it, with a plastic bulb syringe, which you can get at the drug store, and/or applying 2-3 drops of a nasal saline solution (available otc) which will shrink and dry up the nasal membranes.
Otc cold & cold medicines are not recommended at this age--too many side effects.

In brief: Baby cold

The recommended interventions for a baby cold -- stuffy nose --is either sucking out the excess mucous, if there is a lot of it, with a plastic bulb syringe, which you can get at the drug store, and/or applying 2-3 drops of a nasal saline solution (available otc) which will shrink and dry up the nasal membranes.
Otc cold & cold medicines are not recommended at this age--too many side effects.
Dr. Colin Kerr
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Dr. James Cummings
Pediatrics - Neonatology

In brief: Common cold

If your infant is not febrile and otherwise appears well medical treatment is not needed.
Suction out the nose with a bulb syringe if it appears to be blocked, consider the use of a humidifier in the child's bedroom at night to keep the air moist, and make sure the child is taking plenty of fluids. If your infant has a fever, is not feeding well, or is otherwise ill appearing, see a doctor.

In brief: Common cold

If your infant is not febrile and otherwise appears well medical treatment is not needed.
Suction out the nose with a bulb syringe if it appears to be blocked, consider the use of a humidifier in the child's bedroom at night to keep the air moist, and make sure the child is taking plenty of fluids. If your infant has a fever, is not feeding well, or is otherwise ill appearing, see a doctor.
Dr. James Cummings
Dr. James Cummings
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