E.R. asks from East Bernard, TX on November 09, 2009
Sick? - East Bernard,TX
Hi. My son is 3.5 months old and is sometimes stopped up and sometimes his nose is running. He is coughing and rubbing his eyes like crazy, he also has gotten tiny red bumps on his face. I have been checking for fever but the highest its been is 99 and i have tylenol. Last Monday he went for his routine check up and he was just a little congested and they told me it was probably just a cold and to get a humidifier for his room which I did. Is he ok? Is this normal? Or should he go back to the doctors? I hate how his peditrician seems to just know exactly what is wrong with out wondering, maybe... With the flu this season I am def paranoid. All answers greatly appreciated!
p.s. he started daycare about 1 month ago and none of the babys in his room have been sick(or so they say) but was told some of the toddlers in the room next door have been sick.
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J.L. answers from Austin on November 09, 2009
Sounds like an allergic reaction needs to be ruled out first - has his diet recently changed?
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M.B. answers from Killeen on November 09, 2009
Oh goodness, this sounds just like my life when my son was that young. Turns out my son has asthma but that may not be the case with your child. The best you can do is get some little noses nasal drops & the nasal bulg to suck out all that mucus from his nose. The red bumps on his face are normal for babies especially if they are getting fever or his cheecks are red. Try some hydrating lotion for those bumps, they will go away. The humidifier does work, get a cool mist one, they're about $30 at wal mart, put it close to his bed. Clean the ceiling fans and wash bedding often. Pediatricians sometimes are not right especially since babies cannot tell you exactly what is going on.. if symptoms get worse or fever skyrockets, go back asap! Otherwise you just have to wait it out. Kids can stay sick up to 10 days most of the time. I'm sorry for your baby, hope he gets better. (P.S. they cannot diagnose children with asthma related illnesses until after they are 1 yo, just how it goes)
S.O. answers from San Antonio on November 10, 2009
Glad you have some answers now. You said you hate how the doctor knows exactly what is wrong without wondering.....
I am not totally following you.
I personally want a doctor that uses all their years of experience to tell me exactly what is wrong, or at least narrow it down to 2 or 3 best choices. Many many years of training and thousands of people seen by them before they ever see their own first patient for real.
I know you are pretty paranoid about flu...lots of people are. But the best doctors are the ones that remain calm and collected and are matter of fact. Good pediatricians don't get real emotional and give parents a long laundry list of all the possible things wrong with baby.
So if all else is going good with your doctor, I encourage you to trust him/ her. Ask thoughtful, good questions at a visit and listen carefully. That creates the best partnership possible for the care of your child.
S.H. answers from San Antonio on November 09, 2009
A normal response to a viral or bacterial infection is a fever. Viruses can bacteria thrive only in a narrow range of temperatures, and those that infect us like it to be right around 98.6 degrees. If he was infected with a live pathogen, his temp. would rise. His little body, though small and new, is amazing!
You are a concerned mommy of a young baby, I don't blame you for wanting to make sure he is well, but the doc's office is a dangerous place for a baby. Sick people and all their germs go there. Use docs only for emergencies, high temperatures or really bizarre symptoms.
He sounds like he might have a mild virus or something or might be allergic to something. Plush toys can cause this, and cedar pollen is starting to sprout (saw it at the park yesterday). A humidifier is the best course of action, along with the (horrible to a mom and baby) practice of nasal aspiration with saline. Anti--histimines are now outlawed for small children and they don't work on them anyway, so unless your child needs to be hospitalized there isn't much more a doc will tell you. You can always call the pedi's office and ask them if you should bring him in.
I hope he gets better soon!
J.T. answers from Victoria on November 10, 2009
it could be allergies. did you get a flu shot while you were preggers? if so i am understanding that flu shot went to the baby too so he is protected too.
M.P. answers from Houston on November 09, 2009
Is there any plush toy in your baby's crib? That can be the answer. If there is take them out, they usually carry dust and dustmites and the babies are very sensible to them.
Babies are very sensible to environment, so as my doctor recommended, change often the airconditioner/heater filter and make sure there are not plush animals close to his bed.
Usually if they are just runny nose, you do not need to go to the doctor unless it last for long or as you already know if there is a persistent and high fever.
If the nose discharge is clear may indicate only either teething or allergies... if the discharge change in color you have to put attention, when it becomes green you need to visit your doctor because it indicates infection.
Do not worry about the flu for now, flu seems to be very obvious and agressive, with very very high fever and a lot of pain it would need more than tylenol. And your baby's behavior would make you want to run to the doctor without question.
I do recommend you to buy the book "What to expect the first year" is the same type as what to expect when you are expecting and there you will find A LOT of answers to most common cuestions and things that happen to babies the first year. It was a saver for me with my first one.
Hope your baby is well soon!
N.S. answers from Houston on November 10, 2009
It's not the flu but perhaps your son is suffering from allergies. If this is the case there really is nothing you can do for him based on his age - except use a humidifier. If he appears stopped up you can use a saline nose mist on him to help ease the congestion.
L.D. answers from Dallas on November 10, 2009
I'm sad to hear when a little one is suffering because I know as a mom it's sooo frustrating and heart breaking.
I had a very similar experience when my little one was younger. She was uneasy, rashes, cold sweats etc. I found that she was having an allergic reaction to her baby wash!!! I got online an really read through webmd, babycenterdrcare page, and others. What I found was that the products in our home were causing her to have these allergic reactions because her system was so underdeveloped.
I searched and found an alternative to many if not all of the household stuff I was using. My daughter's rash cleared in two days, her breathing was stable at night, and best of all she was sleeping much better. Our doctor couldn't believe the difference in her.
I'd love to share with you about some of the specifics that we changed and how we are using safer choices around our home.
Let me know via email if you're interested in learning more!
Also you can read more about the effects of some of these cases if you visit:
Here's wishing you well!