T.L. asks from Austin, TX on December 22, 2009
"Need Help in the Congestion Dept".
My baby has just turned 3 months old and he is already teething and he stays congested all of the time. What can I do about my sons congestion? I really need help in this area because it scares me sometimes when I think he is not breathing.
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H.F. answers from San Antonio on December 23, 2009
T., Congrats on your baby. I had my son at 38 years old. He is 16 mos. and is currently getting over RSV, but he did start early on w/congestion, so I have a lot of experience in this. There's no real medication that can be given, the only thing that you are told is to use saline drops and nose aspirator (I know it's difficult to do that to them, but you have to in order to get rid of it since they are not able to cough it up or blow their noses like us; so be strong and do it religiously, every 2-3 hours). We even took him to the ER a few times and that's what they told us. They also suggested the air humidifier, which helped dry up the mucus. At around 7 mos., his pediatrician (5th one) said that he had allergies and prescribed singulair. She also prescribed Xopenex and lent me a nebulizer....wow, what a difference, his congestion quickly cleared up and I wondered why I had wasted so much time w/all the others. My advise is to find a good pediatrician and in the meantime, keep checking him w/his current pediatrician so his congestion doesn't get into his lungs and develop pneumonia. Good luck and hang in there, it gets easier.
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L.A. answers from Reno on December 22, 2009
I know exactly how you feel my 7 week old has serious congestion. The best thing I've found for it is Little Noses. It comes with a suction bulb and saline drops to decongest him. Works fairly well but I have to do it several times a day. Also I'd suggest talking to your doctor to see if there's any reason like allergies for the congestion. Good luck ::)
A.A. answers from Waco on December 23, 2009
I really like Simply Saline for babies. Irrigating the sinuses can really help! This is RSV season and your baby is very young. If you are worried that he is not breathing, you really probably need to take him to the pediatrician.
S.G. answers from Corpus Christi on December 23, 2009
I went through the same thing with both of my boys. It turned out that they both had allergies to milk proteins. Talk to your pediatrician about this. But keep an eye on the congestion... My youngest had the worst part of it - constantly turned into strep throat and ear infections. Had to put tubes twice and had his adenoids removed. Much better now.
L.B. answers from Odessa on December 28, 2009
Suction, suction, suction, suction, suction. If you can get your hands on the green suction bulbs they use in the hospital, do so. That's about the only one that works worth anything. My baby girl has been congested since four weeks (now one year). There have been times we've suctioned up to 20 times a day. If you don't keep the snot suctioned, you're looking at pneumonia and ear infections. The first sign it's moving into the chest, get the doc to prescribe a nebulizer and breathing treatments with enough medicine to keep on hand because they will always come down with it on Friday at 5:30. First sign of yellow/green snot and/or temp get on in to the doc. Cool mist humidifier and saline drops as well.
Good luck! Congrats on you're baby!!
J.K. answers from Austin on December 23, 2009
Try saline and the bulb syringe with every diaper change.
C.C. answers from Beaumont on December 23, 2009
If you are worried, call the pediatrician's office and ask them--before the long holiday weekend. I don't mean to alarm you; my kids always came down with the scariest stuff when the doc wasn't available.
S.O. answers from San Antonio on December 23, 2009
cool mist humidifier in the bedroom during naps and night. suction bulb a few times a day.