Posted by: Vi | 2010/05/18


2 week old phlemmy cough

I took my 14 day old baby to the doctor after he started having a blocked nose and coughing. My 3 year old was at home with a cold and possibly infected him. The doctor said that the phlem was localised in the upper chest / throat and that the lungs, ears and tonsils was clear. He suggested vapour. I have used a humidifier and baby chest vapour, but after 5 days the cough is very productive and he has started wheezing. I am using Sterimar nazal spray occasionally. What can I do to help my baby to cough up the phlegm ?

He has no other flu-like symptoms such as a fever. He does find it difficult to breastfeed though and feeds more often now.

Expert's Reply



Your baby is very young but has unfortunately caught a viral infection starting off with a cold and then affecting his chest. His chest illness is called bronchiolitis. This illness usually lasts for 10 days. He will clear the mucous from his chest by himself. The main thing you need to do is to keep his nose clear by using Salex nose drops twice daily and sucking the mucous out of his nose with a Nosefrida.He seems to be feeding reasonably well but it is his blocked nose which causes him some difficulty with feeding. Wash your hands well before and after touching your baby as this virus is very catchy.

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