Childhood Diseases

Posted by: Racoon | 2011-07-15


Coughing 10-month old

Dear Prof

Sorry, but a second question from my side about my 10-month old son. He has been struggling with colds on and off the past 2 months, and had RSV as well. He still has a cough and a blocked nose, even though his nose isn''t always runny. Could it be due the cold virus, or maybe allergy? we don''t have pets and his bedding is antiallergenic and gets washed at least once a week. The creche he attends does have cats, but as research has proven that animals are actually beneficial for kids in reducing future severe allergies, we are not too concerned with that. Also, he is stuffy nosed over weekends as well when there is no animal dander around. The cough is bit of a barking cough, but not like croups seal-like bark. Otherwise he is happy and growing and developing very well (weight 9.3 kg and 75 cm length at 9 months). Could it be the Isomil?? Again, many thanks for taking so much time and effort to answer our sometimes silly questions.

Expert's Reply



Your questions are not at all silly but always important and I am sure helpful to other parents on this forum.Your baby son is still struggling to get over his RSV infection and may already have had another cold or repeat RSV infection as well.Being at a creche especially during the winter months is a problem for many young children who are susceptible to viral infections.He sounds as if he has had a recent tracheitis infection with his barking cough. This cough can take as long as 6 weeks to settle.Your baby does not sound like an allergic child and your observation that he is still stuffy nosed over weekends is a good clue that he is not allergic to cats.It is vital to try to keep his nose clear by using saline nose drops such as Salex at least twice a day. If his nose is very stuffy and full of mucous he will benefit from sucking out some of the mucous with an infant nasal aspirator such as the Nosefrida.

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