Childhood Diseases

Question
Posted by: Ursala | 2012-11-09

Q.

Runny Nose

Hi Dr,

My little boy is 9 months old and on Sunday he woke up with a temp of just 38 degrees. I managed to get his temp to break with calpol, but since then he has had a runny nose and he has developed a cough. Since Wednesday his nose has been clear during the day and hardly coughs. But at night he has a terrible cough, it sounds like a wet cough. When he wakes up in the morning he has his nose is blocked and the mucous just runs out. I have been giving him Demizan in the morning and then using a babyvac on him. Is there anything more I can do to help him? Should I take him to the Dr rather?

Thank you
Ursala

Expert's Reply

A.

Paediatrician

Your baby son almost certainly has an RS virus infection. This causes the symptoms you describe with your baby having a bad cold and also a chest infection. His chest infection is known as bronchiolitis.You need to keep his nose clear by using saline nose drops such as Salex nose drops twice daily in his nose.Before you put the drops in his nose use the Babyvac and suck out all the mucous from his nose that you can.Do not give him Demazin which should not be given to children under 2 years. If you keep his nose clear his cough will improve. As long as he can sleep normally and feed normally you do not need to be concerned. Most babies recover from this illness after about 10 days. If your baby cannot sleep or won't feed or if he is breathing rapidly then you should take him to be seen by your doctor.

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