Congestion

Arianne - posted on 01/01/2010 ( 14 moms have responded )

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My son has had nose congestion since he was 2 weeks old!!! && he has a little bit of a cough. The doctor says it's "just that time of year," but when I took my son to see a cardiologist(everything's ok now :]) she asked me how long he's had an upper respiratory infection and what I was giving him for it. I told her nothing && what my doctor had said, && she made a face that basically said "your doctor's an idiot." I've been getting the same feeling && wasn't sure if I'm just being an overly obsessive mom.

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Monique - posted on 02/08/2010

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I've been told by a few ppl that it's quite normal for baby to get a bit congested & to use a saline spray/drops. I've been giving my boy kali mur to help with the congestion and using sterimar nose spray before his baths, although I could be using it with every feed. I just give him a good spray & suction the nose to clear out any boogers :o) In all fairness I have to keep up with the saline spray too otherwise I end up with a resp infection.



It's possible that when you first saw the doc it was just some nasal congestion but then spread by the time you saw the cardiologist.



You did what was right in getting a second opinion. Hope your little man gets well soon!

Arianne - posted on 02/03/2010

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I've tried the whole raising the mattress as well. The sea salt drops don't work at all. I dunno. I'm just trying to switch doctors right now.

Cassandra - posted on 01/31/2010

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A lot of the time the congestion is caused by a virus, so there really isn't anything to give them because the antibiotics are for bacterial infections. Use a humidifier, and I'd get a crib wedge to put under baby's mattress because that will help everything drain a bit (a tip they gave me in the hospital) also, I use Saline drops in my lil girl's nose before I try the asperator, because it helps loosen things up. Hope this helps.. Oh and also my daughter's doctor confirmed that she had bronchiolitis, and that it can take up to two months to clear up. Good luck.

Ellasyn - posted on 01/30/2010

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you definately need to switch doctors asap. im sure he'll be fine after he receives the right care though. so dont worry too much and just get right on that!

Arianne - posted on 01/27/2010

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I've used a humidifier && sea salt nose drops && everything. && he STILL has really really bad congestion && a cough sometimes. My doctor is an idiot, I think. There is no way that nose congestion for over 10 weeks is "just that time of year." He refuses to give me anything for him && I'm sick of watching him breath through his mouth && has a hard time nursing as well. It's just awful. Even when I use the sucker thingy, I never actually get much out of his nose, && the other day something really dark, almost black, came out. I'm just trying to switch doctors now.

Ellasyn - posted on 01/27/2010

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my son was born the same day and he sounded congested and coughed at first too. the dr. said it was normal for newborns and he has grown out of it. he still sneezes though. and his nose is stuffy sometimes (but not runny) i think he might have allergies like me. i heard humidifiers are great but we dont have one yet. maybe it is just allergies. but keep an eye on it. and make sure you write things down to tell the dr. later in case some symtoms that seem normal add up to something bad.

Maria - posted on 01/27/2010

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Wow! My son was born Oct 24 and he has had this congestion and cough and sneezing since he was 2 weeks old too. I get from my doctor that it's normal and she has checked his lungs and tells me that it's clear, she told me to get the humidifier and use the nasal drops "Little Noses" or "Ayr" which I have been using on him as well as aspirating him at least once a day when I see him having trouble breathing through his nose. It's frustrating though because I ask myself "ok, so how long is this going to last??"

Ellasyn - posted on 01/26/2010

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if you feel uncomfortable at all you should find another doctor. it might have started as just a cold from the weather and just got worse after you saw the dr. if you had called and told them he was still sick and that it was getting worse im sure they would have given you something for him. but you need to feel confident and comfortable about your babies dr. its really important.

Sarah - posted on 01/25/2010

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My daughter was born Oct 9th and had some bad congestion lately. I stood over a pot of water with some oil in it on the stove and cleared her right up. I shop at a store online that only advertises through word of mouth referrals and everything is much safer for my children. That is where I got the oil from, I would love to share it with you it's done wonders for my family. Send me an email or visit my website and I will contact you right away. Sarah.abraham@live.ca or www.moms-r-motivated.com

Arianne - posted on 01/08/2010

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My doctor told me if it didn't go away to come back && I keep going back && he keeps saying "it's just that time of year."

Crystal - posted on 01/08/2010

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Is your dr even doing anything for your sons upper respiratory infection? I know kids can get sick and catch something right after the other so it seems as though they are sick for months, but I'd get a second oppinion from a different dr. My dr had told me if my son wasn't over his symptoms in two weeks that I needed to come back to get him checked again to make sure he didn't have an infection. It's been a week and a half and he's almost completely symptom free.

Arianne - posted on 01/08/2010

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I got a humidifier as well && nothing seems to help. I really do feel like he's dismissing me. I've already been looking for a new doctor. I never thought it was normal for a baby to have nose congestion for 9 weeks.

Crystal - posted on 01/02/2010

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My son is congested too. Our doctor told us to get a humidifier and the nasal spray as well. As far as your doctor, if you don't feel your dr is meeting your needs, you need to find one who you are comfortable with. It's your baby and you know when there's something wrong, if the dr is dismissing you, find one who will listen. Your son can't speak for himself, you must be his voice. I'd rather overreact than underreact. My brother's wife just had a baby girl 3 weeks ago and she has similar symptoms, they took her to the dr and now she's been in the hospital for the past 2 days, so you never know.

Heather - posted on 01/01/2010

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H has the same thing, but the doc said keep with the nasal spray etc.....I think his is due to the dryness of the air because of the heat being on. I need to remember to replace that filter.

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