Childhood Diseases

Posted by: Maureen | 2009-03-11


Re-occuring nasal congestion in baby

Dear Doc,
My son is now 6 ½  months old. Since birth he seems to often get congested, but not a blocked nose, more at the " back of the nose"  if this makes sense. He has been in a baby-centre since the beginning of this year and has picked up every illness going from diahree then bronchiolitis then an ear infection. With the result he has been on every type of medication - Betsonol nose drops, Preflam, antibiotic for the ear infection etc. All cleared up and he has been fine for about a week and then the loose cough and congestion has started again. He isn' t so congested that he can' t feed but the postnasal drip seems to make him vomit up alot of phlem especially in the morning (I would assume this is because he has been lying flat all night and now all has to come up). He is still feeding well and eating his solids. He is on Nan Lactose free. And he doesn' t cough alot - currently I am trying to just treat this by using Saline drops as well as Euphorbium homeopathic nasal spray and Tissue salts no 5 - as I don' t know if all this medicine is so good for him either. Is this happening because he is exposed to all sorts of illnesses and germs and the babycentre? How long should these symptoms persist before I take the next step again? he doesn' t seem to be getting worse - but I don' t like it that he is vomiting so much (approx 1- 2 a day). I am sorry for my long question but I really would appreciate your advise. Thank you

Expert's Reply



Your baby does have a blocked nose with a post nasal drip. The mucous which runs backwards from his nose and down his throat lands up in his stomach and then he vomits this mucous. He is getting ill so often because he is in a creche. Your baby really would do better at home looked after by his granny or by a careful child minder. Use Salex nose drops twice day and boost his immunity using the probiotic Reuteri infant drops 1ml daily right through the winter months.

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