M.G. asks from Novi, MI on November 17, 2009
3-Month-old Congested Since Birth
My 3-month-old went to a pediatric ENT (ear, nose and throat) Dr. last month. He checked out OK, but with swollen adnoids. I was told to use saline drops, etc. He also has laryngomalacia, or "floppy vocal chords" that I'm told will heal with time, and that it's common in infants. This makes him a noisy breather. His lungs were clear. There was some mucous in the chest, as in a cold. But a cold can't last 3 months!
The nasal congestion will come and go, day by day. A few times a day he'll cough, and it sounds like there is mucous in the cough still.
Is this something anyone has experience with? Is there really nothing much going on? As we've consulted the pediatrician and ENT, I figured it would not hurt to asks moms.
Updated note on allergies: My Dr. says he is too young to have allergies. II have allergies to everything like pollen, cats, etc., but I can't think of anything in the house that could be bothering him. Plus, it's cold out! I am getting allergy shots, and eventually we'll get our cat (never been in this house) back from my parents (wonder if they test babies). We already used unscented everything, and no baby products other than shampoo. Note the baby is fully nursed, too.
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M.B. answers from Chicago on November 20, 2009
My sister-in-laws baby sounded congested for months, it was like she was always girgling. I wasn't used to it so it was strange to me, but it went away by itself.
P.F. answers from Chicago on November 17, 2009
Just my experience. Do you have pets? Doctors will tell you (and medical research supports the fact) that kids that young can not have allergies. But exceptions do occur. I argued for many months with my son's doctors about it. Finally, I went ahead and made an appt with the allergist. They flat out told me it wouldn't be covered by insurance because he couldn't have allergies so young. Well, low and behold, he was severly allergic to our dog. Sadly, we found her a new home because my son was too young for allergy medication. Shortly after she left he was healthy and no more congestion. This is NOT common so do not panic if you do have pets but something to think about. Make sure you are very specific in the testing too. We only had to find a home for the dog. My son was not allergic to the cats, only the dog. (weird I know!) Hang in there, it will get figured out, sometimes it just takes a while!
K.M. answers from Chicago on November 18, 2009
Will have to agree with the allergy post. There is something that is causing this reaction. Are you nursing or bottle feeding. Many kids have milk allergies as well and you may have to switch to rice milk. So many kids, as well as adults have a sensitivity to milk and its by products. Being only 3 months, you don't have the food issue yet but I'd suspect it's something in the house or what he is ingesting. I'd also stay away from anything with chemicals in it - laundry soap, bath products, lotions, even certain diapers! I use botanically based products and have seen real changes in my family's health. I'd be happy to share if you'd like more information! Good luck!
B. answers from Chicago on November 18, 2009
My now 12 month old had the same problem from birth. We consulted a pulmonary specialist at Children's and he said it was weak vocal cords and he should grow out of it. We don't have any pets and he is not allergic to milk. Everyone was telling me the doctor was wrong and it had to be allergies but it wasn't. His vocal cords just needed a little extra time to develop/strengthen. He is fine now. Don't worry!
J.C. answers from Chicago on November 17, 2009
It does sound really familiar (my younger son, who is now 5.) I don't really have any advice although I agree that you may find as he gets older that a nighttime antihistimine like Benedryl might help because allergies might be part of the issue. Also, a vaporizer at night will help with the irritation and coughing now.
We went through that annoying cough thing for my son's whole first year - always taking him to the ped. only to find out it was just post-nasal drip/mucus, although it sounded awful. Good luck!