Anyone with a toddler with chronic runny nose/congestion/snoring???

Danielle - posted on 02/18/2010 ( 20 moms have responded )

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Hoping somone might have experience with this same issue. In short, my 19 month old has seen an ENT, allergist, had adenoids removes, tried Nasonex and was also treated for sinus reflux. He just always seems to have a runny nose and sounds congested...so much so that people always ask me if he is sick or has a cold. Otherwise, he's fine. No other symptoms. The doctors just say isn't rhinisitis and a sensitive nasal passage. Just when his sinus reflux meds seemed to do the trick for a couple months, he got a cold. Now, nearly one month later, he's back to the same old snorting, runny nose and congestion.

I hate trying all these meds and the doctors that just keep saying "He'll just have to outgrow it." Anyone know of any other treatments, preferably ones that don't involve more meds????? I feel like the bad mom when I bring my son out around other kids...he's not sick but I get that evil stare.

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Karen - posted on 10/28/2012

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Hi, does anyone have any idea/suggestions/solutions? My 16 month old boy has been having running nose for 3-4 months! Everything he catches a cold, it would so prolonged. The runny nose doesn't seem to stop. After that he developes a cough (suspect it's post nasal drip)l, phlegm. he would be well for about 2 days, then catch another round of flu virus, which doesn't seem to go off...

Anali - posted on 10/13/2012

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my daughter has the same exact thing!! She has had a stuffy nose/congestion for 3 months non stop. Doctors dont find anything wrong. Trying a holistic chiropractor for now. I know how you feel about everyone thinking she is always sick. Its just a stuffy nose. She is happy and as active as always though. I feel better knowing its just not my baby. She is 26 months old.

Laura - posted on 08/19/2011

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i no what u mean my daughter will be 3 and she always has a runny nose and congestion but doctor says she may have chronic rhinitus put her on amox for 14 days but came back ive tryed allergy meds nothing seems to work so i no exactly what your going through. and i hate taking her out because every1 asks if she is sick.so i don't no what to do? any1 have any suggestions?

Cristina - posted on 08/21/2012

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My oldest son (now 10) had exactly all the symptoms you have described. He also used all the Med. you wrote down. and nothing since to work to make him better. However, I was able to see a holistic doctor that run a food allergie test and it came back that my son was allergic to milk (dairy), eggs and wheat. Once, I removed this items from his diet (specially Milk and wheat) he is completly find. I hope his works for you too!!!

Angela Nicole - posted on 09/29/2012

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5Days? Take your child to the hospital. I know how hard family can things on new moms but trust me its not allergies if a fever has been present for 5 days. He may very well have a virus or it could even just be a common cold. Nevertheless a fever is the way our bodies let us know its facing something foriegn. 5 days is a very long time to run a fever it could be anything

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Angela Nicole - posted on 09/29/2012

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Ok I get the same explaination from my sister in-law about my nephew who just turned 3. At first I was a little sceptical that a doctor would say these things cause I have 3 kids myself and Ive been there in that same situaion with 2 of mine and i was told something completely different. At first I was aggrivated that she was ok with a doctor saying he would grow out of this. Ive done my research and descovered that this is normal and alot of kids suffer from this all year long. Well, Of course Im very upset at this and if my kids were still that age and a doctor told me this I would not exept it and ask a secound, third, fourth, and so on opinion until a doctor gave me an explanation and a resolution. No ones child sould have to suffer from this. Maybe there isnt enough research to give this condition a name or possible cure or at least a symptom releiver but I think it would benifit alot of communities if there were. Until then i guess we'll have to wait it out and do the best we can to help our little ones (and nephews) "grow" out of this.

User - posted on 06/21/2012

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My son had the same problem and it ended up being asthma. Have him checked. I hope this helped.

Joanne - posted on 06/18/2012

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My 3 year old son has been napping unusually more along with complaining that he is thirsty, & tired. This has been going on for almost a week. I've got my mom mad at me for talking about it on facebook because family sees it and thei kids are around him. and to boot he didn't even go near his cousin. My mom swears it's a virus, and I don't know what to think- the advice nurses & his pediatrician just make it sound like it's allergies!! He's had a fever almost 5 days now. wed, thurs, and sun. ugh Don't know what to do.

Loughridge - posted on 05/30/2012

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i know this is an old post, but I was wondering if you ever found any answers? I am going through this currently with my daughter..congestion since birth...I am just trying to find some answers.

Maria - posted on 02/21/2011

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My 22 month nephew is has the same issues. He is constantly congested, so much that he breathes out of his mouth. He also has chest congestion as well. The pediatrician has told his parent that he needs to wait until 2 years old to try go to specialist to try to figure out the problem. He looks like he is sick but is not, it's the constant runny nose and congestion. I hate seeing him like this he looks so miserable.

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I had the same situation with both of my daughters. It drove me crazy. My first daughter had a constant runny nose for about 9 months until I started giving her soy milk instead of cows milk. Then her runny nose & constant congestion cleared up within 2 weeks and has not returned. Problem solved. But my 2nd daughter I tried the same thing but this time it has not worked. She may be alergic to both the cow and soy milk. I'm going to try goat milk instead to see if that helps. Good luck.

Danielle - posted on 02/18/2010

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How old were your girls when they tested them for allergies? When I last took my son, they relied on the test that was given when he was 6 mo. old (the one where they do 6 different pricks on te back). That only rules our diary, grass, mold etc. I'm going to insist that they do a more extensive one. Maybe it is allergies.

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I wish I could help. My girls had a constant runny nose and cough (except on the rare occasion that Zyrtec was working for them) for about 1.5 years until we finally figured out that they were allergic to our laundry soap. I, too, remember hearing the other mothers on the playground questioning why there were 'sick' kids allowed out in public.

I hope you can get something figured out soon!!

Gwendolyn - posted on 02/18/2010

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My son has suffered similarly. He has ear tubes and takes Singulair daily. He has seasonal allergies but did get some relief when he had his adenoids removed. He started snoring like a freight train. I started rinsing his nose with a saline solution periodically. I also make sure when he takes a bath or shower that I really rinse his nose well. He thinks he is at the swimming pool (LOL). I have found these steps help. As for people giving you the evil eye--- unfortunately that comes with the territory of parenting. You will always have some other adult judging your situation who is uninformed and overly nosy—sometimes I want to pass them a tissue and tell them to stuff it!

Danielle - posted on 02/18/2010

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I actually just made an appointment with a chiropractor. A few friends have taken their kids to see him when they wanted options other than meds. Bummed that I found out that insurance won't cover a chiropractor, unless it is for a spinal adjustment, since it is "alternative med."

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Danielle- i use multivitain syrup, i live in england and got it from boots its their own make so it was only a couple of pounds. i think its helping a little bit,
i thought it was worth a shot to try it.

Alison - posted on 02/18/2010

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I recently heard that chiropractics can help ear infections and I know they can resolve a lot of issues you would not think are related to the spine. I would say it is worth a shot.

I would like to add that moms that boycott kids with colds need to lighten up.

Danielle - posted on 02/18/2010

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Thanks for sharing. It gets so frustrating. I was really hopeful that the adenoid removal would cure it. Since then, he hasn't had an ear infection, so that is good. He seems to have the opposite problem than most...his mucus NEVER goes to his chest. He has never coughed or had any chest issues, so I can't complain there. However, it all just stays in his nose.

What vitamin drops do you give your daughter? Does it seem to work? I just found a new herbal supplement/alt. med called Sinupret. It was recc. by Dr. Sears. It is all natural supplements and is suppposed to promote a healthy respiratory system and strengthen the immune system. I'm hoping it helps and gets us through the rest of this dry and cold season. THANKS

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awww i no how u feel, it sound just like my daughter she is 22months, she has been to ENT a few times but she hasnt had her adeniods out yet! she is constantly ill with ear infections she has also had pneumonia, she also has asthma,

she is beening referred to a sleep clinic about her snoring bcoz she sometimes stops breathing for a few seconds, they want to make sure she doesnt has sleep apnea as she is a nightmare at sleeping. only sleep a few hours at night time.



i give her vitims drops twice a day, and also put a tissue with vicks on it inside her pillow case to help with the stuffed up runny nose!



people always look at me like i dont look after her properly, but i no i do and she is just one of those children that is ill alot. she eats alot of fruit and veg and gets freash air she is always dressed nice and warm, people ask me y has she got so many blankets lol.

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