Childhood Diseases

Posted by: BB | 2011/11/07


Newborn - Mucus/Slime?!?!

Hi, last night we had a huge scare as our baby boy was bringing up his milk through his nose after that the ''slime/mucus'' (clear thickish fluid) struggling to breathe. He is so small we did not know what to do or what''s happening. I turned him almost on his tummy and with his head lower than his chest - took a while as he was moving and trying to cough and cry. I wiped as much as possible and he started to relax and breathe easier. I gave him some of the nasal drops (saline nose drops) but he still have that stuffed sound from time to time. What is the best to do when this happens again. It makes sleeping difficult as we are concerned it will happen..... Thank you

Expert's Reply



It is possible that your baby has a refux problem. Watch him for signs that he may be bringing up small amounts of his milk after feeds.Keep his nose clear by using infant saline nose drops twice daily for about 5 days. If he does start to have reflux he should be seen by his paediatrician.

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Posted by: Purple | 2011/11/07

How terrifying. I don''t know anything about the mucus etc but am worried about how the milk got into his nose. How was he lying while feeding?

If breastfeeding, its possible that you have a very strong milk let down, try lying back while you feed, with baby with his tummy on your tummy so that gravity can help. If he seems to cough and splutter and choke and posset up a lot of milk after a feed then this is quite likely.
If bottle feeding, hold baby and bottle more upright.

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