Any tips on treating a runny nose?

Courtney - posted on 09/08/2009 ( 43 moms have responded )

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My 8 month old has a runny nose. No fever or anything else. This is the first time she's gotten "sick". Is there anything I could give her to dry up the snot?!

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Mildred Lim - posted on 12/09/2012

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my 1 & 3mos.old baby has a runny nose & has low fever too..what would be the best remedy for his condition..

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It could be teething if it's clear. My 9 mo old had a runny nose for 3 weeks and it turns out he was getting 3 teeth. The dr. recommended a humidifier, Little Noses decongestant drops, and I bought a battery powered aspirator which is awesome! Not only does it suck up a lot of snot (gross), but it plays music and my son doesn't mind it -- he HATES the manual aspirator. Good luck!

Bettsi - posted on 09/18/2009

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I actually just got off the phone with the doctors office yesterday regarding a cough and runny nose that my 8 month old has. They informed me the only thing to do when there under a year old is to use 2 saline drops in each nose and a suction bulb to suction out the mucus. They sell a saline solution with a bulb at the drug store called little noses. If your child also has a cough its because all that mucus is draining into there throaght and irritating it. if your child gets worse or cough turns into a breathing problem then you should take them into the er or doctors office. or if it persists over 2 weeks. hope this helps.

Karennoble222 - posted on 10/26/2012

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Try the Snotarator snot remover to clear her nose. It worked for me, although she isn't happy about it, but who are we kidding, babies will never be happy about snot sucking! It honestly beats any other device that is on the market, and I have tried them all! http://www.snotarator.com/

Jen - posted on 09/18/2009

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Quoting Evelyn:

i would avoid most of the "chemicals" some have suggested to you... you don't want to be giving your baby a cocktail of all the stuff. some ppl try to medicate on their own and it's just too much!!! I believe the Johnson's vapor bath is paraben free and i've used that when my daughter's been really stuffy. the extra gentle saline mists work too but if you've tried it (even the baby gentle one) you'll see it's not that comfortable, i try not to use it too much because i hate doing it to myself! i buy a a natural and organic rub called Dimpleskins Natural's SNIFFLES Eucolyptus rub which is lovely... rub it just under their nose and it provides gentle smell that decongests and keeps their nose moist so it doesn't get too irritated from the kleenex u'll use to clean up the mucus, we actually all use it now when we have the sniffles. i have also used homeopathic baby drops for sinus/cold. i was told by my pediatrician to always start with the minimum amount of intervention and try to keep things natural... cool mist humidifier, nose pump thingy that sucks out mucus, lots of water/fluids. no need to start pumping them with drugs and chemicals!



Good advice.  I too love the Dimpleskin products.  Thanks though because I was unaware of their 'sniffle's' product.



Cheeers!

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Ethel Gracia - posted on 10/12/2009

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Courtney, pls be careful w/ what you try on your baby...i have proven the saline solution helpful. no side effects...your baby must have an allergy too. have you tried asking your pedia? Godbless

Belinda - posted on 09/30/2009

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We find that the Hamilton brand nasal drops work better than the fess nasal spray because the sprayer doesn't always work and you have to stick it up there a few times before you get any saline in (and they hate having things stuck up their nose... for now!). However, the snot sucker that comes with the fess nasal sprayer is heaps better than the one that comes with the Hamilton brand, so you end up having to buy both anyway - typical! :)

Holly - posted on 09/29/2009

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Courtney, I use saline spray, little noses type. Be careful with medication it can have a lot of side effects!!! Usually it will clear up with the Saline, you can use it often and doesnt have side effects. My son would tip his nose when I would put it in. He knew it helped. Good luck.

Bettsi - posted on 09/18/2009

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you cant use any of these products people are telling you for your 8 month old. like i said the only solution safe for your 8 month old is saline solution. after 1 years old you can try other things like the honey.

Allison - posted on 09/17/2009

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its probably just from cutting teeth my doctor told me to put a few drops of salty water(saline solution) up my sons nose morning and night the result was that it made him very snotty for the day but it cleared up within 36 hours all together. but if this concerns you ask your local chemist for further instructions

Mimie - posted on 09/17/2009

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my always use traditional medicine such as get a fresh turmeric (not a powder) cut end of the root n rub on her nose. Or you may also make her warm honey juice with some grated ginger n lemon squeeze. Hope this can be useful

Zia - posted on 09/15/2009

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one cup of green tea with one to two teaspoons of honey.give it to kid slowly slowly. I always use for my kids & get better results.

Jessica - posted on 09/11/2009

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Hi Courtney, my name is Jessica and I have a 31 month old little girl. I know you have a younger child but when Anabel first started "getting sick" when she was younger a massage therapist recommended a homeopathic solution that you can get at any Vitamin Shoppe. They are tiny white pellets of the herb Pulsatilla that come in a Chapstick looking container. The brand is Boiron. It helps with clear to yellow nose discharge. I simply gave Anabel 1 pellet when she was young like your baby and increased as she got older. But, they do the trick to this day these pellets have often helped keep her from getting a full-blown cold as long as I start giving them to her according to the frequency on the container as soon as I start seeing that runny nose. Recently I also found Children's Cold Calm, another homeopathic remedy. The great thing about these is they don't have side effects and they are very low doses. Hope this helps.

Leeann - posted on 09/11/2009

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Kids need something tangible - by that I mean, they need to know its there at all times (like their favorite blankie). So the cure for my house has always been Vicks Vap-o-Rub. Stinks to high heaven, but it's thick and stays on, and kids know it's there for sure! A smear of Rub on the skin between nose and upper lip does the trick! And it's effective. So effective, that even Mom uses it in our house.

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Have you ever thought of trying homeopathy? i have used it a lot while bringing up my 5, as well as for myself, i always found i had good results

Jenn - posted on 09/10/2009

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depends on what colour the snot is. if it's clear, a little infant antihistamine helps a lot in combo with a saline spray. if it's not clear, then you've probably got a very minor sinus infection starting up and some fever/decongestant (like laura said, no such thing as just a decongestant for infants) might be more in order. i love vicks vaporub too lol just have to be careful not to use too much on such young skin lol and NEVER put it under her nose. good luck!

Monica - posted on 09/10/2009

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Just keep using the bulb syringe to suck it out. Try to make a game of it like playing hide and seek. Hang in there. It just looks bad, but doesn't really hurt them.

Sonja - posted on 09/09/2009

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my doctor recommended me to use a product called Ocean its a nasal spray/drop... you can buy it at your local walmart, target or safeway in the medication aisle.

Ange - posted on 09/09/2009

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You can get drops from the chemist to put up their nose that helps, it also comes with a snot squeezer that you put up their nose and squeeze to get all the snot out but it may also be from teething if he isn't sick in any other way???

Jaclyn - posted on 09/09/2009

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My dr. said to use Little Noses drops. Check with you dr. first. It worked for Nate.

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Just keep wipes handy and suck out the loose stuff with the "snot sucker." Hopefully, it will only last a day or two!

MARILYN - posted on 09/09/2009

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I HAVE A 18MONTH AN FROM THE TIME SHE WAS BORN SHE HAD ALLERGYS. AN STILL DOES. THE ONE THING THAT HELPED US, ONES USE THAT FINE SNOT SUCKER THAT THE HOSPITAL GIVES U, AN I WOULD LET HER TAKE STEAMED SHOWERS WITH ME, IN THE MORNING AN AT NIGHT. THAT SHE WOULD FEEL BETTER BEFORE GOING TO SLEEP. I WOULD ASK YOUR DOCTOR, AN SEE IF YOU COULD GIVE HER SOME BENADRYL. I WAS ABLE TO GIVE SOME TO MY DUAGHTER AT THAT AGE.

Karen - posted on 09/09/2009

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I agree with Lisha Bracco (ie saline drops and baby vicks). As frustrating as it is, don't give cold meds or decongestants. It's tempting to give smaller doses of such medicines, but it's just too dangerous to take the risk...every child is different and you don't know how your child will react.

Pat - posted on 09/09/2009

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My daughter - now 16 months had the same thing at that age. My humidifier wasn't working so I ran the shower and filled my bathroom with steam, and then we got into the bathtub with the Johnson and Johnson eucalyptus bathtime stuff. Then, I put a little Vicks Vapor Rub on a tissue and stuffed it into her shirt at night-time. Did this two nights in a row and the sniffles were gone by the 2nd day.

Amber - posted on 09/09/2009

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my doctor told me i could use like 1/2 tsp of childrens benadryl and also use the saline drops in her nose. it usually works pretty quickly. good luck!

Evelyn - posted on 09/09/2009

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i would avoid most of the "chemicals" some have suggested to you... you don't want to be giving your baby a cocktail of all the stuff. some ppl try to medicate on their own and it's just too much!!! I believe the Johnson's vapor bath is paraben free and i've used that when my daughter's been really stuffy. the extra gentle saline mists work too but if you've tried it (even the baby gentle one) you'll see it's not that comfortable, i try not to use it too much because i hate doing it to myself! i buy a a natural and organic rub called Dimpleskins Natural's SNIFFLES Eucolyptus rub which is lovely... rub it just under their nose and it provides gentle smell that decongests and keeps their nose moist so it doesn't get too irritated from the kleenex u'll use to clean up the mucus, we actually all use it now when we have the sniffles. i have also used homeopathic baby drops for sinus/cold. i was told by my pediatrician to always start with the minimum amount of intervention and try to keep things natural... cool mist humidifier, nose pump thingy that sucks out mucus, lots of water/fluids. no need to start pumping them with drugs and chemicals!

Rochelle - posted on 09/09/2009

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I hope some replies, my son is 2 and we have just been wiping it constantly, which is no fun for mom or son.

Mendy - posted on 09/09/2009

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If they snot is clear or white then your daughter is suffering from some type of allergy. If the snot has a color such as yellow or green then an infection is present and she should be seen by a doctor. This is the advice my pediatrician gave me so we wouldn't be running in her office each time. Dairy products should be limited if she is very congested to help minimize the production of mucus. I agree with the last poster in using the vapor bath.

Shay - posted on 09/09/2009

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you can try a few things...One is to go to the health food store and look at the homeopath. Which one you give her depends on the type of snott she has. Also any store will have nasal saline drops or irrigators, these will also hlep, but make sure she is sitting up when you use these... Hope it helps

Melissa- - posted on 09/09/2009

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Let it run! Meds are not good for children, if you are truely worried about all the snot use a nasal aspirator.

Rhiannon - posted on 09/09/2009

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My daughter is also 8 months old and is recovering from her runny/stuffy nose. I actually took her to the pediatrician (she also had an ear infection) and asked about the runny nose. The advice I got was to constantly run a cool mist humidifier, use a bulb syringe to help clear her nose, use saline nose drops, and lots of fluids to keep the mucus thin. It will probably take a week or more before her nose stops running.



Good luck! Hope this helps.

Sara - posted on 09/09/2009

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A few ways to ease runny or stuffed noses are to take your baby in the shower with you or in a steamy bathroom, use a vaporizer, take a walk outside in cool, moist air, and just remaining upright helps, too.

My doc says cold meds cause the illness to go longer and that they are not recommended for babies or young children anyway.

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I used to rub a dab of eucalypus oil around the tip and inside of his nose. He actually liked and still does at 6 years old. Helps him breathe.

Cathralynn - posted on 09/09/2009

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So I do a combo of all above! Vapor bath before bed, a lil vicks baby rub, some infant tylenol. Saline and aspirate before bed and if having trouble eating. Cool mist humidifier at night and naps. If having trouble sleeping, sleep upright in a swing. They also make a plug in vapor thingy from vicks, no water just these vapor pads that smell good. And boogie wipes during the day. Decongestants aren't recommended for babies. They hate the aspirating, but it helps a lot. I noticed the humidifier helped a lot too. Hope she feels better soon!

Lisha - posted on 09/09/2009

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You cannot give her anything really - most stuff does not work on them this young and the FDA has directed that medications not be given to kids under the age of 2 (I think). Try baby Vicks on the chest and neck, saline drops to help clear out the drainage or at least keep it from building up to a stuffed nose. Good Luck!

Laura - posted on 09/09/2009

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Try the infant saline solution spray, you can buy it at any pharmacy. I used it on myself when I was pregnant with a cold and it did help. good luck, baby colds are the worst!

Maria - posted on 09/09/2009

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Have you ever tried boogie wipes? They are a saline wet wipe for noses. Really though besides wiping and using one of those nose suckers there is not much that I am aware of. It is hard because little ones do not like having their noses touched!

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HI Courtney,
The best thing to do is to get a saline nose spray and spray her nose as often as you can. This will help drain everything out quicker so she can breath easier.
Hope this helps.
Debra

Julie - posted on 09/08/2009

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i used demazin syrup yo can purchase it from the pharmacy not very expensive and you only need a little bit for babies age...i used this product quite often over the younger years of my sons life...

Misti - posted on 09/08/2009

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We use Afrin Pure Sea nasal spray (the extra genle formula), then follow it by using a bulb to suck it out. The pediatrician said that is basically blowing your baby's nose for them. It works pretty well, other than the fight we have trying to suck her nose. lol (she hates that) And at night it helps if you put a thin pillow under her crib mattress at one end so her top half is elevated. I hope this helps!! :0)

Laraee - posted on 09/08/2009

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There is not a lot you can do with out meds, you can give 1/4-1/2 teaspoon of Benadryl every 6-8hrs. Keep them upright as much as possible. An infant can not spit the phlem out so they will swollow alot causing an upset tummy. Keep them suctioned out as much as possible and hope for the best.

Anna - posted on 09/08/2009

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paracetamol can help dry it up a bit but you have to be really careful with the dosage as it damages a baby's liver if you give them too much or too often. I put a few drops of peppermint oil on a kleenex under my baby's sheet and that helps him breathe better. Also a bath with a few drops of lavender oil seems to help a bit

Laura - posted on 09/08/2009

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Johnson's vapor bath helps clear up her nose. My son had a LOT of those when his nose was driving me nuts. Let's see... Cleanup was a constant. I can't stand seeing any kid with snot pouring so baby wipes to clean up the worst of it then a tissue to pat dry 'cause if you just use tissue, you're gonna have a sore nosed kid. Suffer through the day like that till bedtime, then give the kid a dose of tylonol cold to let her sleep nasty nose free. They don't make just a decongestant for infants so you gotta go with one of the fever reducer congestion combos. Hope that helps. Think of it this way. Her nose should be done running like a sieve in about a week. Good luck.

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