Childhood Diseases

Question
Posted by: Mom2 | 2011-06-19

Q.

phlegmy chest

Hello doc

My son is 9 months old, he seems to have a phlegmy chest. I have nebulised him but it doesn''t seem to help. What else can I use to clear his chest. How do you tell if a baby has a post nasal drip because he will start to cough as if something is in his throat and clear his throat. When he drinks on his bottle he will drink for a very short period and then stop to catch his breathe.

Thank you

Expert's Reply

A.

Paediatrician

It seems that your baby has a viral [probably RSV virus] chest infection which is known as bronchiolitis. This is not due to a post nasal drip as such but starts off as a cold. I am concerned to read here that he cannot drink his bottle because this means that he is very short of breath.I would normally recommend what you can do to treat your baby at home,but your baby seems to have quite a severe chest infection. It would be best to take him to be seen at an emergency paediatric clinic as soon as possible.

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