Posted by: Peta | 2010/06/14


LOTS of mucous and saliva - need to get rid of it asap!

Hi Dr
My little boy age 21 months has once again got the typical winter snotty nose, snoring when he is sleeping etc. Although it is snotty, it is not runny, just stuffy. He is not sleeping well at all, constantly tossing and turning and groaning in his sleep.

He also has the Crycopharyngeal inco-ordination syndrome with laryngeal incompetence and therefore the issues with swallowing, the mucous build up is so bad now that he just cant keep up with swallowing everything down. He has saliva running out of the side of his mouth as he cant swallow fast enough to get it down. I give him a dummy to assist him in swallowing but it doesn’ t seem to be working too well this time.

I am giving him 5ml Betanoid syrup 3x a day. What else can I give him to dry this up?

I have Iliadan nose drops, Budaflam, Nasolex among others. I would not usually be so concerned but he is also a mic key fed baby and he is starting to gag with the amount of excess saliva and mucous when I try and lie him flat to feed him.

Thank you for you assistance.

Expert's Reply



This is not a simple problem and it will be difficult to clear your son's nose. You should use the Iliadin nose drops as well as using Saline nose drops at least 3 times a day. If he is no better after 2 days he should be seen by his doctor.

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