My 6 month old boy has a runny nose going on for more than 2 weeks

Megan - posted on 06/04/2009 ( 5 moms have responded )

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My little man is just alittle over 6 months and he's been having this very nasty runny nose now for over 2 weeks. He has two teeth on the bottom and on top he has his two eye teeth only. He has a hard time drinking from his bottle and sucking on his soother. Just wondering if there is anything I can do to help clear his nose so he can breathe better. Oh and one more question, he also went on a breastfeeding strike on May 10 and since then he WILL NOT take the breast hence the bottles of formula(don't have a pump). How long does it take for milk to dry up, I still have milk in both breasts. Thanks in advance.

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Melissa - posted on 06/04/2009

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You can get a bottle of Saline Nose Spray for children, and if you still have his "snot sucker bulb" from the hospital, lay him down on a soft surface ( I line my bathroom counter with a fluffy towel) and put a few drops in (do one nostril at a time)let it sit for a couple of seconds and gently suck out the snot, and rinse the bulb out and do the same thing for the other nostril.

Also maybe try keeping a cool mist humidifier in his room for naps and night time.



Maybe he is trying to let you know he'd like to start trying out first foods by refusing the breast?

Good Luck!

Amber - posted on 06/04/2009

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We dripped saline into our son's nose and used an aspirator to suck it out, it's only a temporary fix, so I did it before he ate and before bed to help him breathe. You can ask his pedi. about allergies too, it's that time of year. I am not sure what they would do for that (if anything). About the breast milk, I think that is different for everyone, mine only took a couple of weeks to dry up, but I slowly reduced the breast milk until I had faded it out completely.

Amber - posted on 06/04/2009

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We dripped saline into our son's nose and used an aspirator to suck it out, it's only a temporary fix, so I did it before he ate and before bed to help him breathe. You can ask his pedi. about allergies too, it's that time of year. I am not sure what they would do for that (if anything). About the breast milk, I think that is different for everyone, mine only took a couple of weeks to dry up, but I slowly reduced the breast milk until I had faded it out completely.

Wendy - posted on 06/04/2009

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Hi Megan. All 3 of my kids had snotty noses and little red spots when they were teething. It used to drive me nuts as they always looked like they had colds when they didn't! Sounds to me, but I'm no expert, that he's having trouble teething bless him. I come from Wales in the UK and we have herbal teething powers over here called Ashton & Parsons and they are the best thing ever - don't know if you have them where you live? If his nose is blocked rather than runny, try your doctor. When my son had a badly blocked nose my doctor gave him drops for his nose (just sterile water) which when put into his nose just made him sneeze and helped to clear his nose. As for the milk I can't really comment as I didn't breast feed, sorry. Good luck x

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