Childhood Diseases

Posted by: Mommy | 2011-09-22


1 month old with a cold

Hi Doc, my one month old has a blocked nose. Greenish and yellowish mucus is coming out of his nose. He doesn''t have a fever but you can hear the mucus when he is breathing. He can still feed. And coughs once in a while. I''m using saline spray to relieve him. Must i take him to the doctor? Please advise and thank you in advance

Expert's Reply



Your baby appears to have a cold.You are treating your baby correctly but saline nose drops should be better than a nasal spray for baby of one month. Try Bennett's infant saline nose drops or Salex nose drops twice daily.His cold may take 5 to 7 days to clear up.

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Posted by: Tal | 2011-09-23

Racoon - the vaseline dilutes the smell of the vicks and takes away the strength, hence i do not see the risk of suffocation. And this was done on GP''s advise. My baby is now 13 months and was constantly sick with colds and this mix ALWAYS helped him!

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Posted by: Racoon | 2011-09-22

Hi Mommy

Under NO circumstances must you apply Vicks or Vaseline to your baby''s upper lip. There is a BIG risk of suffocation! Sorry Tal, I do not agree with you at all.

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Posted by: Tal | 2011-09-22

Hi there

If he is not uncomfortable or coughing non-stop, and is still able to feed well, then dont worry about taking him in. The Dr will tell you anyways to use saline nose drops in his nose and a little ponado infant syrup if he has a fever. There is not much one can do for an infant with a cold. What i did with my little boy was rub him on his back, chest, upper lip, and under his feet with a mixture of vicks and vaseling to keep his nose and chest open. Rubbing vicks on your chest also helps the little ones nose stay open if you are breastfeeding. Good luck. I know how horrible it is to have a little one that is sick!

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