Posted by: tlee | 2009/08/14


stuffy nose - 6 month old

Dear Doctor, my little boy is almost 6 months old.

3 weeks ago he had mild bronchiolitis which lasted a couple of days, he had a snotty nose at the same time and the snot turned greeny yellow so paed gave antibiotics.
He was much better in a couple of days but the snotty nose has now turned into a stuffy nose.

There is no obvious snot coming out, but you can hear it is very stuffy higher up his nasal passage (hope this makes sense) and it is making him very restless during sleeping, waking regularly, because he cannot breathe nicely.

We have been using Bennets Saline drops (but not using the suction thing) to clear his nose 2 times a day and about 5 minutes after using it a little snot will come out but not much. This morning there was a little blood in the snot.

The snot is an off white colour but not green or yellow. He has no cough and I am pretty sure he is teething (not sure if that has any relevance).

What I would like to know is how can I relieve his stuffy nose and is the little blood this morning something to worry about?

PS I suffer badly from hayfever (which only started in my 20s) and I have noticed that he is sneezing quite a bit lately as am I so could he need a antihistamine of some kind?

Thank you for your advice.

Expert's Reply



You can see how badly a blocked nose can affect a young baby from your excellent description here. There are certainly two possible causes for his blocked nose, one is an adenoid enlargement and infection and the other is a nasal allergy. Of the two an adenoidal infection is much more likely especially with his infected nasal mucous and the fact that you have noticed that the obstuction to his nose appears to be high up in his nose.Use Salex nose drops at least twice a day to clear your baby's nose. If he continues to have a problem with a blocked nose he should be seen by an ENT specialist.

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