Posted by: R | 2012/08/22


Tight chest

Hi Doc, hope you are well.
Baby is now 8.5 months and weighs 10kg''s.
I find for the last two weeks his chest is a bit tight in the mornings. I have given him one puff of Ventolin before school on the mornings his chest sounds tight.
He does not have a runny nose, but I do hear some congested breathing around his nasal area.
This morning he was coughing and sounded phlegmy.
I did take him to the GP on Saturday due to his chest as I was concerned it may get worse and he did have a fever on Friday night. The doc said he does have upper respiratory problems and nasal drip, but his lungs sounded clear. She prescribed antibiotics for 3 days (texa??), and Illiadin, which did make his breathing better.
I also did nebulise him with duolin and saline for about two days last week but I am concerned about nebulising too much.
Can you please advise? Should I now take him to the paed ?
He was fine by Monday and yesterday, but this morning his chest was tight again. I have also give him 2 ml mucospect twice a day for about 4 days.
He has no teeth yet, and its hard to tell when he''s teething with the colds on and off through the winter. He eats and drinks very well.

many thanks -R

Expert's Reply



Thank you.You baby son appears to have a cold and a chest infection known as bronchiolitis.This illness is usually caused by a virus known as RS virus infection. Children who attend a creche and who are big babies are at special risk of catching this infection.Keep your baby's nose clear by using saline nose drops such as Salex drops twice a day.You can suck the mucous from his nose if it is very blocked with a special suction device [ask your pharmacist] You can nebulise him twice daily with the Duolin and saline if you notice that he is wheezing[whistling sound] This illness usually takes 7 to 10 days to clear but unfortunately some babies become re-infected quite often especially during the winter months.

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