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Always Stuffy Nose

My 2 1/2 year old daughter has been having this stuffy nose problem for past 3-4 weeks or so. She's not sick and doing well, but her nose is always stuffy. Not runny or have cold symptoms, but I guess something must be bothering her nose. It's not stuffy 24 hours, but she usually has something in her nose that bothers her and sometimes it's hard for me to watch her being so bothered by her stuffy nose. She hates the saline spray, so when I try to use that on her, she panics and gets upset. And even when I do get that in her nose, it doesn't always resolve the issue.
I know I've been having problems with allergies lately, but it's not too bad so I let it go and don't take any medicine, but do I need to do and be concerned about my daughter?
Other moms say their kids have runny nose or other things like that all the time I shouldn't have to worry about especially when she's happy and healthy and have my daughter go through all different doctors and all, which would be more stressful for both of us...
It just bothers me so much when I see her having stuffy nose and I can't so much for her. I feel so bad and I wish I can do something for her other than chase her around with saline spray.
Thank you.

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Thank you all so much for being so great and sharing all the good information!!!
I already use the humidifier, but I will try other things mentioned to help her nose when needed.
I thank all the moms out there again!

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Dairy products are very mucus producing. if you can manage to cut out or cut down on dairy when you are stuffy it can help

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You have received some great advice. My son is 2 1/2 and has seasonal allergies, so we give him Clariton as needed. (as per his ped's suggestion) We have also used a humidifier in the past and Pedicare Vapor Plug Ins have helped him to breathe easier when needed. I also have placed warm cloths on his nose to help drain the mucus and that works well too- especially in the morning. Hope this helps....Take care!

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To clear her nose try the Nosefrida (www.nosefrida.com) and the BeBe Sounds Nasal Aspirator (it even plays music)! The combo really works..my dd goes and gets me the "boogie sucker". :)

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If you are experiencing allergy symptoms, she probably is as well. We noticed allergies in our son when he was just 8 months old. At that point, he was on Clarinex for a few weeks and now we use Singulair for kids just when he needs it. Works like a charm! Call your ped.

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That sounds like my son last year--always stuffy and then he was sneezing w/ a lot of mucous. It was allergies. See you pediatrician. One thing that might help (it helps my son) is to run a cool mist humidifier in her room at night. Kind of keeps the nasal passages moist to eliminate that crusty nose thing!
Make sure her room isn't too dusty (mattress pad, stuffed animals, etc.)

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Hi J. C, pitch the saline spray unless she's sick! It's not worth it! If you are having allergies, then more than likely she is too. Have you changed anything around your house in the 3-4 weeks? It could be anything from hand soap to fabric softner...or it could be a seasonable thing. If you can't figure out what may be triggering it yourself, you should mention it to your doctor. Maybe using some dinatapp allergy would help. Ask your doctor first since she is so little of course. Good luck and best wishes.

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sounds like allergies. Try giving her clarion over the counter.

How old?

Try decongestant

call the pediatrician they will be able to take care of it.

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Hi J.,

If it's not bothering her, I wouldn't worry about it. It is probably some sort of environmental allergy. You could always take her to an allergist. They can quickly and painlessly identify any environmental allergens that they test for. At least you would know what is bothering her and then you can look at options - allergy shots, medication, saline drops, etc....
FYI - My son was just diagnosed with a severe tree nut allergy and the testing was done on his back - it was painless..he actually said it tickled. Good luck!
M.

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To help with symptoms, one dose of benadryl in the morning works wonders. When my son has had a spell of a stuffy nose for over 3 weeks, the pediatrician likes to see him. His episodes sounds very similar. There were a couple of occasions where an antibiotic was needed to get him past the stuffy hurdle. Other times he has eventually kicked it on his own. (We tried Zyrtec and it didn't help. So, that kinda ruled out the seasonal allergy theory for him.)

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Try a humidifier in her room at night. If possible, invest in a large multi room size humidifier to put in your main living area during the day, like a credenza floor style. When fall and winter rolls in, this can really help allergy sufferers.

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To clear her nose try the Nosefrida (www.nosefrida.com) and the BeBe Sounds Nasal Aspirator (it even plays music)! The combo really works..my dd goes and gets me the "boogie sucker". :)

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My allergies don't bother me as much as they used to. My son who is also 2 1/2 has horrible allergies compared to me. I start him out on over the counter allergy medication and if it continues I call in for a prescription. He takes Singular. It usually works pretty well. It's chewable and he doesn't have any problems with it. He is a little quieter. That isn't necessarily a bad thing...lol. I took him to his pediatrician and since I have seasonal allergies she didn't tell me I had to have him see an allergist. Good luck!!

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Try using a vaporizer at night. You can buy those waterless ones that are a nightlight too.

My daughter had this for almost a year when I switched doctors he told me it was most likely from dust so he suggested I get a hepa filter to clean the air especially iin her room where she slept. I bought a small one and she was fina after a few days and I benefited from it as well.

She is now 8 and has no allergies!!

Good luck

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You have received some great advice. My son is 2 1/2 and has seasonal allergies, so we give him Clariton as needed. (as per his ped's suggestion) We have also used a humidifier in the past and Pedicare Vapor Plug Ins have helped him to breathe easier when needed. I also have placed warm cloths on his nose to help drain the mucus and that works well too- especially in the morning. Hope this helps....Take care!

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This was my son at the same age. Then his eyes starting getting red and swollen shut. We saw an allergist had full testing and he was on at one time or another one or many of these Claritin, Benadryl, Flonase, Singulair, Zyrtec. All worked for awhile then stopped.

Today he has no allergies and takes NOTHING.

First we cleared all artificial scents from our home: scented laundry products, candles, air fresheners, febreze, scented cleaners, etc. THAT made a WORLD of difference alone.

Then we saw a Bioset/NAET practitioner and he no longer has any allergy problems at all.

L.

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Sure sounds like allergies! My daughter is 3 and everytime my allergies are bugging me she also gets a stuffed up nose. It has been like that since birth although I've been told allergies won't show up till later. My allergist recommended claritin for her. I would hezitate to use the benedryl during the day unless it is bad because it can make them sleepy. But if she is really draining from either an allergy or cold at night Benedryl does the trick. She only lets me do her saline if she sprays me first. She sprays me and then it is my turn to spray her. And no harm, because saline can't hurt you. Good luck!

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My daughter and I always seem to have problems at the same times as well. Her pediatrician also told me that they can not diagnose allergies till later...however she was under a year old when I asked him if it could be her allergies. (Her Daddy also has terrible allergies, so I figured she had probably gotten it from both our sides of the family.) She too has had symptoms from the time she was born...same time as mine. My daughter who is 3 yrs also detests saline spray, but ever since I offered to spray my nose first and then hers she does better with it. Occasionally she tries to back out of our "deal", but for the most part she has even noticed a difference in how she feels. I've even caught her asking me if I could spray my nose and then hers, when she's having an extra rough time.

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I would try 3/4 tsp of children's Zyrtec for a few days and see if it makes a difference... my daughter does have allergies and it has been a blessing. Who wants to have a stuffy nose for the several weeks that fall will last? :)

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Talk to your doctor. Depending on how old your daughter is, ask the doctor about getting your daughter tested for allergies. Just because you aren't having bad reactions with your allergies right now doesn't mean that she won't.

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my kids drink an ounce or two of mangosteen juice each morning, and we don't have to worry about stuffy noses. They rarely bring home "bugs" from school, and when they do, we double up their juice, and they are up and about within 24 hours or less. YOu can visit my site for more on the juice. http://extremelifechanges.org

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Allergies. I think a couple weeks ago it was golden rod and now its rag weed.
Ask your ped about kids clairton which is sold over the counter and Nasonex.
DON'T use without direction from your Ped!!!!!!!

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What does her doctor say? My daughter's allergies seem to flare when mine do, as well. When she was younger, we used a nebulizer through the worst spells, but now she's on Singulair during the fall and spring periods when the stuffiness, runny nose and occasional cough tend to hit. As my mom says, my daughter's had a runny nose every since we've known her. One relief: It's improving now that she's a bit older (she's 4 1/2).

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Dairy products are very mucus producing. if you can manage to cut out or cut down on dairy when you are stuffy it can help

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How old is your daughter? It could very well be allergies. If she is breathing fine other than being bothered by a stuffy nose, and you don't want to get her tested yet, you could try to see what she might be allergic to. This time of year can bring a lot of dust, leaf mold, etc. Maybe get an air filter for the room she plays and sleeps in. Change the bedding every day and keep stuffed animals out of her bed if she is having this trouble at night as well.

There is a lot of information online to check all of the things you can do for kids who are allergic. They go from the simple -- such as I suggested above -- to more indepth. Examples: hypoallergenic mattress covers, getting rid of carpeting and heavy curtains, no animals, etc. I usually check WebMD, but there are other sites as well.

It could just be a passing thing, or it could be the start of allergies. I suggest going to the doctor as soon as you see or suspect that her breathing is affected.

Good luck.

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Hi there,
It sounds like allergies to me. I give my kids a teaspoon of fish oil once per day and that solves the problem. It's lemon lime flavor and they take it well. (My son was on Zyrtec, Pulmicort and Albuterol at one time....we have been able to stop all of those meds now.) Because the fish oil is a natural remedy, it'll be about one month before you see a result. And you must take it every day.
Good luck to you.
L.

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J.,
My son was the same way. Get a humidifier for her room. I got one from target.com, they have them as pandas, elephants, soccer balls..etc... They are great and we even got one fr our bedroom!
Christina

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I'd ask your doctor to run the Northeast Panel to have her checked for allergies. It bloodwork and not the scratch test which is more tramatic (in general) to children. My oldest gets very stuffy with his allergies while his younger brother gets swollen yes and breathing problems. Everyone presents differently.

Ragweeed is getting to be more prevalent and stronger in its type. I was just reading about this in the Parade magazine this weekend.

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