My sons nose wont stop running. anything i can do or give him to help?

Crystal - posted on 02/19/2010 ( 19 moms have responded )

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its like a dang fossett it just wont stop running. He doesn't have a fever or anything and hes acting fine. but he can't breath out of his nose and the boggys wont stop. its there anything i can give him or anything i can do to help him out? I just feel so bad.

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Janet - posted on 02/21/2010

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First, start by realizing that any meds, whether OTC or prescription, are just treating symptoms. Next, realize that allergies and asthma are on the rise in incredible proportions, and that it wasn't always this way. Why do I see so many children in my practice only 2 and 3 years old on several allergy and asthma medications these days?

Immune dysfunction! Where is 80% of our immune system located? In our gut...yes, the gut is the body's largest immune organ. Now ask yourself how many antibiotics your child has had. (I am not against antibiotics, by the way....) but the problem is that when an antibiotic kills the bad bacteria, it also kills the good bacteria that our gut needs to digest food and modulate our immune system. So give your children PROBIOTICS regularly, especially after they finish a round of antibiotics.

The children I see are pale, with dark, bleary circles under their eyes. They keep a runny nose, and may ( or may not) catch frequent colds. I treat by giving high-potency probiotics (25+ billion CFU's, Therbiotic Complete by Klaire Labs is the best probiotic on the market), and Vitamin D3 drops from Carlson. If they also catch a lot of colds, I give Arabinex from Thorne Labs. I can't make promises, but they usually stop catching so many colds right away, and the runny noses/allergy/asthma part straightens out over several months. It's different for each child, but just doing some basic immune work usually works like a charm. I also agree that you must remove strong chemicals and cleaners in the home. Those plug-ins and scented things are awful for these kids, by the way....

If his cheeks and ears flush bright red at times, that is a food sensitivity, and you should then start keeping a food journal to figure out what he is sensitive to. As his immune system balances out over time, you will probably be able to add those foods back in at a later date. He didn't get there overnight, so give it some time to come back into balance.

Remember, with anything, just try to fix the PROBLEM, not treat the SYMPTOMS with medicines. Hope this helps.

DeAnn - posted on 02/19/2010

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Poor thing. How old is he ? I'd call your pediatrician before giving him anything but benedryl does make a childrens formula you could try that if he's old enough. You might also try a humidifier, a lot of times the heater will dry out your sinuses then cold air makes your nose run. It could be allergy's too. I'd take him to the pediatrician to be sure before giving him anything. You could try childrens vaporub to clear him out a bit too, if he's really little put it on the bottom of his feet not his chest!

Courtney - posted on 02/20/2010

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I had the same problem with my son and it was not allergies. The dr tried prescription and OTC meds first but nothing worked. Then he tested him for allergies first and came back negative. Finally he went to an ENT and they went in and scraped his adenoids and removed his tonsils and Voila! no more nasty nose. He was a little older though but it is something you may want to look into.

Brenda - posted on 02/20/2010

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Instead of giving him medicine all of the time try to find out what he is allergic to and eliminate that, I would hate that he is destined to be druged all his life which causes lots of problems later in life. Doctors only cover up the symtoms.I have a daughter that now has a auto-immune disease from prescriped medicine that she had taken. That is a lot of medicine for a little one.

Jeri - posted on 02/19/2010

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They have baby nasal spray. Simply Saline. When I would take my daughter to the Dr they wouldnt give me anything to give her, just said saline sollution (salt and water) and a boggie sucker. Also try keeping his head/chest up higher while he is sleeping. Good luck!

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May be allergies. What do you clean your house with? Wash your clothes. There are so many chemicals that are not necessary that you can get rid of. Vinegar and baking soda clean just as well as lysol, clorox, etc. There are also companies out there that make plant based cleaners like Melaluca and Shaklee. Chemicals are present in your laundry detergent, hand soap, baby wash, lotions, etc. Cow's milk and many other dairy products encourage mucus production and are not healthy for most children. Try soy, goat' milk, or others. Look into immune system problems as well. I second the probiotic option. Get your son on some immune boosting whole food supplements that are much like vitamins only better. Talk to your local health food store or chiropractor about whole food supplements. Or a naturopathic pediatrition or nutritionalist.

Lea - posted on 02/22/2010

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I've noticed that some of my son's friends always are always sick. I've also noticed that they are usually the ones without a coat or hat on when they are outside.

Karen - posted on 02/22/2010

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Sounds like either teething or allergies, and yes a trip to the doc sounds in order...DeAnn's advice sounds right on. : ) Best wishes

Melissa - posted on 02/20/2010

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It's cold season, so it might possibly be a cold-- It's so difficult to know why something is happening with your child, because they can't say to you-- I agree with consulting the PED. If it is something that needs changed in their environment, you should know right away, and if its a cold, just giving extra snuggles might be what helps the most. Hope your little bit feels better soon!

Theresa - posted on 02/20/2010

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Allergy meds really help runny noses. I've been giving my daughter that all winter when her nose is runny. She's 17 months old now, started giving it to her around 14 months. I give her 1/2 tsp. You could go up to 3/4 tsp at 20 months, but start at 1/2 and see how that works. I just buy the off brand of Benedryl.

Kimberly - posted on 02/20/2010

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Simply saline and a nasal Aspirator. spray it up his nose and then suction it out. Also find out what he may be allergic too because the fact that he has no other symptoms indicates it may be an allergy. My daughter has awful allergies and this is exactly how she gets around one of her trigger allergens. Hope that helps you a bit.

Brenda - posted on 02/20/2010

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Crystal, Your sons problem is allergies or sensitive to perfumes, cleaning supplies, washing powders, dyes in kool-aid or shampoos. Could be a lot of sources. Have to start by eliminating and notice what causes the effect. Because the problem can get worse. brenda

Chrissie - posted on 02/19/2010

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Have him tested for allergies. That is what we finally did with my son. He is now two and about to start allergy shots. My son is currently taking singulair, fluticasone, and cetirizine. The last one is an over the counter medicine that his doctor wanted him taking. These medicines have really help. My sons did not have too many problems, but his nose would not stop running. With the help of the right medicines it now has. I was suprised that it took so much medicine, but it is working. I hope this helps your family.

Tisha - posted on 02/19/2010

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I would call ur pediatrician, however just keep wiping you dont want to do anything until u know something, but I have also been told by a pediatrician a runny nose, diarrhea those are things to just let run the course its the bodys way of getting rid of whats wrong.

DeAnn - posted on 02/19/2010

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Yeah I'd definately call the pediatrician's office before giving him any OTC meds just to make sure that he can take it. Almost all OTC childrens medications say consult physician if younger than 2 years because their systems might not handle the suggested dosage of medication, Usually they base it on the childs weight and height. Crystal's right about the clear vs green mucus as well, I hadn't thought about that in a long time because my kids are all older now and I try not to see what comes out of their noses most of the time! Another thing to think about too is if there have been any new possible allergens introduced to his environment, if he has allergies and they are bad you may want to invest in an air purifier but I'd make sure that's what the cause is before doing that because they can be very expensive. With one so little tho the first recourse is always call the pediatrician, they aren't going to get upset it's why they are there. Another thing that can trigger a clear runny nose is teething. My kids all teethed at different ages my daughter was 2 before she got her first tooth so he may be past this stage or he may be getting in a molar or something like that. :D

Crystal - posted on 02/19/2010

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Have you had him checked for allergies. If its clear then it is probably allergies, if its colored (green) its an infection. Have him checked either way.

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