Constant Runny Nose

Updated on March 11, 2011
J.B. asks from Sherman Oaks, CA
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Hi momma's since starting preschool my DS constantly has a runny nose every couple of weeks and it drives me crazy. I take him to his ped to make sure it's not a cold and it's not. They said I can give him zertec so we do, but it doesn't seem to help. He's a healthy kid! So yesterday his nose starts to run and when I picked him up from school his teacher asked me not to brim him back till his nose clears. I find it to be frustrating. Before preschool he had one cold. Never a runny nose and not it's a constant thing. I don't know what to do. I use a humidifier, saline and suck out the snot. But I don't know how to stop him from getting them. Any suggestions?

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answers from Denver on

The preschool most likely cannot actually insist you keep him home for a runny nose. Most schools have a policy that includes fever, vomiting, diarrhea, or too sick to participate but not for runny nose or even colds.

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answers from Johnstown on

It could be allergies. And that's very rude of the preschool to say that especially if they aren't sure if they child is actually "sick".

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answers from Dover on

Is his discharge clear or is it thicker and green/yellow? If it is clear and the doctor has cleared him from having a cold or something contagious, I would get a note from the doctor allowing him in preschool and send him w/ tissues. My daughter has allergies (will be tested next month) and has to be on Clariton all the time or her nose is chronically runny/stuffy and she does end up sick.


answers from Austin on

Our daughter battled congestion (which lead to ear infections, sinus infections and respiratory issues) when she was a baby/toddler. Turns out she is allergic to cows milk protein. Once I cut cows milk dairy completely out of her diet, the congestion ended. But I had to *completely* wipe cow diary out--read food ingredient labels, homecook meals, etc. She's almost 5 years now and only a little sensitive to it. Most kids do outgrow milk protein allergies; it's common among young kids and babies.



answers from Pittsburgh on

My son went through the same thing. In K, his teacher put the garbage can next to his chair because he was going through so many Kleenex. If I had kept my kid home every day that he had a runny nose, he would have attended about 10 days total.
Talk to your doc again, he might need prescription Allegra or another allergy medicine. Zyrtec works for some kids and doesn't work for some.
Tell the pre-school it's allergies and stock them up with some boxes of tissue.
Good luck!



answers from Los Angeles on

Sounds like a dust or pollen allergy. My daughter and husband get runny noses when they are exposed to dust and grass. They never get itchy eyes or other allergic symtoms, just a runny nose.


answers from Portland on

i have several mommy friends who's kids di this as well as my own...

It sucks that they asked you to leave him home >:-( You should talk to their supivisor b/c i am shure *policy* say there has to be alittle more that a runny nose to send/keep kids home.

You might try "stuffy-socks" (he he my name for it):
1. make sure his feet are warm
2. putting slightly wet socks on his feet
3. put warm (fresh out of the dryer would be good) ocks over the wet ones
It helps w/congestion so if congetion = runny nose then it should help...but if it's not b/c of congestion, and he has no other symptoms, then I wouldn't worry too much about it.

Good Luck! :)


answers from Modesto on

Take him to the dentist, sometimes runny noses are related to gum issues or the fact that he still has teeth coming in.



answers from Philadelphia on

give him zyrtec every day before he goes to bed. it sounds like seasonal allergies. zyrtec needs to build up in the body so it works correctly. If he takes it 5-7 days and it still does not help then make an appointment to see an allergist.



answers from Los Angeles on

My daughter had a runny nose for nearly 2 months around the holidays. She started preschool in November, and I thought it was a succession of cold viruses she picked up there. My sister-in-law persuaded us to take her to the ped for antibiotics (for a cold? I thought). Well low and behold, it started to clear up after a couple of days. It was a 10 day course, I don't know the name but it was in liquid form. Now she is fine.



answers from Las Vegas on

I suffered from allergies for nearly all of my life. About 2 years ago, I coughed for a year straight. I started eating natural raw local bees honey and I have a cough MAYBE once a year. My boss has started eating this two and he has cleared up as well. You may give it a try. I usually attribute a runny nose non stop nose to allergy.

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