Can't Tell If It Is Teething or a Cold???

Updated on September 01, 2006
N.S. asks from Midland, MI
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My 4 1/2 mo. old has a stuffy nose, and when he tries to breathe he coughs, because his nose is so stuffy. He is irritable and not sleeping well, so my husband and I thought maybe he could be teething because he is also drooling alot. My daughters symptoms were different when she teethed, so I am just wondering if I am giving him the right medicine or not. I am giving him Dimetapp for nasal congestion, does anyone know if this is the right thing to do or not?

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So What Happened?

I wanted to thank everyone who responded and for their advice. We took him to Night Lite Pediatrics last night and he actually has an ear infection and a upper respiratory infection, my daughter who is 22 mo. old had a fever and the same infection. So, needless to say I have two upset babies here. Again, thank you to everyone who responded.

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answers from Pensacola on

Its hard to tell but you can try this I have a 2 month old that is drolling alot also but when she has a stuffy nose I bought saline drops and put 3 drops in each nostril and suck it out and do it before you feed him it works magic...Good luck and please let me know how it goes.



answers from Orlando on

mY little one was up all night last night with the same symthoms. :( so I guess I should call the doctor. I am glad you posted this.




answers from Port St. Lucie on

I use the blue snot sucker, like you get from the hopital. Please excuss the raw term there ,but I don't know what else to call it. I just bought a new one from walmart. The blue ones work best. Walgreens also sells a saline mist that dries up the mucuse. I use the mist, then use suction, then mist again. It does really help them sleep better.



answers from Gainesville on

This sounds like what we went through with our son when he was about 2-1/2. We finally went back to the pediatrician enough times with concerns of a cough that wouldn't get better, with congestion, etc, that they sent him for a chest x-ray. Well, THAT looked like he had a partial collapse of one of the lobes of his lungs. So, they thought it was pneumonia (which was very scary to me) and started him on medications for that. They repeated the chest x-ray a little while later, and it still showed the partial collapse. Even more scary, right? So, they sent us for a chest CT, which we had to repeat because he wiggled, because it was scary for him. The second one they had to sedate him for. And, then they referred us to the Shands Pediatric Pulmonary Clinic. When we saw the doctor there, she said "He's got asthma. It's not a big deal. It just presented itself in an unusual way." So, they gave him an inhaler, which we used faithfully for about 6 months, and now we only use it when his allergies act up, because he has what they call "Reactive Airway Disease" (apparently, it is no longer okay to say a child has asthma) and it acts up whenever his allergies do.

Shorter story, have the pediatrician check it out, it might be something that the Dimetapp can't help at all, and it might end up being something as simple as mild asthma.

Hope that helps!



answers from Lakeland on

Hi N., it is very possible your son is teething. Any doctor will tell you runny noses, fever, and diarrea are not related to teething however as a mother you know your child better than anyone my boys both would get runny noses and diarrea when they were teething. It is also possible it is just a cold. If you think it may be teething give it a try and give him some kind of teething medicine I preferred ora gel nighttime formula. I hope this helps




answers from Tampa on

My ds (darling son) always had symptoms of a cold when he had an ear infection. It was really hard to tell until he got the fever then I knew teething will raise a child's temp but not to a fever.

My Dr always recommends the bulb suction and saline solution. They really don't like it but it does really help. It also thins out any mucus and helps to get it out. Good luck and I hope your little one feels better soon.



answers from Pensacola on

Hi N.!
I was going to ask the SAME question about my 19 month old. Last night was horrible for us! She is teething ,I know, big teeth like K9's, but she has a cough, stuffy nose, so therefore her paci won't work for her at night. So, I am not sure if it's teeth or a cold, so she is taking Tylenol cold and cough.
Being that young, he is probably teething, but won't have actual teeth for another four months probably. That will cause excessive drooling, which in turn can cause that gagging feeling in the back of his throat. Dimetapp for stuffy noses should help that.
I wish I knew, because I am in the same boat!!
Hope this helps!

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