Childhood Diseases

Question
Posted by: KC | 2011-08-26

Q.

Cold?

Hi Dr
My nine month old has had a cold for over a month now. He has had no fever''s just a blocked/runny nose and a post nasal drip cough. I use saline drops throughout the day and before bedtime but his nose does not seem to be clearing. At night he wakes up coughing and is very congested. I used iliaidin for five days a few weeks ago and there was an improvement but once I stopped, the congestion came back. He is a little miserable but he has just had his measles vaccine and is also cutting teeth so I think there is a combination of things worrying my little guy. He is drinking his milk and eating as usual so I have not taken him to a Dr as I do not want them prescribing unnecessary antibiotics and cough syrups. His mucous is mostly clear during the day and only a little yellow/green in the early mornings but once he has had saline drops and a few sneezes, it is clear for the rest of the day. His chest sounds rattly from time to time and I can hear there is mucous which just does not want to clear/breakdown.
Besides using saline drops, I have started sitting with him in a steamy bathroom but the relief is only temporary. Is there anything else I can or should be doing to speed up his recovery?

Expert's Reply

A.

Paediatrician

You have been treating your baby son's blocked nose very well. In spite of your efforts his nose remains blocked and runny.From your description of his symptoms there are two possibile causes which need to be diagnosed:He may have an allergic nasal problem or he may have enlarged adenoids.Colds do not continue for as long as a month.It is important to find out the reason for his runny nose as the correct treatment can then be started. Neither of the possible causes mentioned above will need antibiotics. Continue with the saline nasal drops at least twice a day until you have seen a paediatrician.It would be best to see a paediatrician with experience in paediatric allergy.

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