Childhood Diseases

Posted by: Mini Mouse | 2010/03/01


19 month old son

Morning doctor

My son of 19 months has a blocked / runny nose and a now and then cough in the mornings and during the night. He is fine during the day. No cough or nose problems. I am currently giving him 2.5ml Rinex when needed. Can this possibly be sinus or hayfever? Why only when he wakes up or during the night –  nothing during the day? I may add that he is also busy teething (all 4 cuspids). He seems to be normal otherwise –  eating, drinking as usual and no fever.

I would also like to know –  what foods should I rather avoid at this age? Specific things like peanuts or mayonnaise and tomato sauce. I’ m not always sure on what can I give him and what not. Not sure what maybe too sour or too rich for him.

Then we have another problem –  my son says “ eina”  for everything. If something doesn’ t goes his way, he will cry and say “ eina” . Is this an early start to the terrible ’ s?

Thank you for your help and advice doctor.

Expert's Reply



Your little son may be showing the first signs of hayfever and possibly early asthma as well with his night cough. He should be seen by a paediatrician as early diagnosis is important. He may well be an allergic child so it would be wise to avoid peanuts and all sauces as mentioned as well. Your son does not appear to really be in pain when he says eina. It seems that he is useing this to gain attention.This is common at his age and it is unlikely that he is showing the signs of being in the terrible twos already.

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