How do you dry up a runny nose on a 10 month old?

Kristina - posted on 10/08/2009 ( 10 moms have responded )




My son came down with an awful cold a couple days ago and now he has an ear infection to boot. Does anyone know how to dry up a runny nose, without using a bulb sucky thing? (He hates the sight of it!).

Also, he's on antibiotics, so his diapers are...loose to say the least. Does anyone know what I could feed him to bind him up a bit? I feel awful when it goes all the way up his back and I've got to change his outfit 3-4 times a day!

Any help would be great!


[deleted account]

Best way to dry up a runny nose is to get it really runny so everything comes out. Try a warm bath a couple times a day, which helps loosen mucus. Or just get a really hot shower going, close the bathroom door so it steams up, then sit in there with your child for a few minutes. It will help get everything out. I also wipe my son's nose with wetwipes, rather than kleenex, which helps prevent his nose from getting irritated. Hope that helps!

Tanya - posted on 10/17/2009




My son has rsv and he gets runny noses all the time the drs had me put a humidifier in his room and run it year round. Good luck

Ariane - posted on 10/17/2009




We shower we my son when convenient. It is especially handy when he has a cold as, as Noha says, the steam clears things out.

I have also heard that squirting breast milk up their nose works but am yet to try myself!!! lol

Re the runny poo with antibiotics - my son had the same reaction. It's really important that you keep their fluids up as they lose lots through the mucas and the diaorhea. It settled down when I stopped giving him Panadol/Neurofen and it was just the antibiotics.

Hope you son is better soon.

Laura - posted on 10/13/2009




I don't have anything you haven't seen regarding the runny nose, my little one has got it too. Take a look at Huggies diapers... I got a sample when my girl was little and it has a "pocket" in the back waistband that is supposed to prevent messes. I know they have it on the little snugglers, not sure about the bigger sizes. Hope your babe is better soon!


View replies by

Autumn - posted on 10/13/2009




My youngest baby is 10 months old now and for him and his brother who is 20 months, I used Little Noses Saline Drops along with the bulb. It may sound crazy shootin saline up a runny nose, but it helped break up everything that they had stuck up in there and when I would draw it out with the bulb, it didn't seem to take near as long to clear everything up. And the whole antibiotics thing, anytime my two have ever taken them, they both were really loose and oddly colored. The only way I was ever able to keep it from completely going up their backs was to try to get the tops of their diapers good and smooth up against them and try to make sure the tops weren't to loose. Hope that helps and hope your little one is better.

Andrea - posted on 10/11/2009




I agree re: the bulb, try squirting him wiht air a few times so it's distracting a little.

If he's started on solids and had no issues with the foods, typically bananas, cheese, and rice cereal are "binders". Avoid the "P" fruits like peaches, pears since those tend to loosen things more. good luck!

Kristina - posted on 10/08/2009




Genevieve, thank you so much for the tips! I'm definitely going to try them both! =)

Geneviève - posted on 10/08/2009




Hey Kristina! I have no idea how to dry up a runny nose without the bulb. I do, however, make a game out of it so he's not anxious when he sees me coming with it. I make funny noises and spuish some air on his face then suck at his skin with the bulb. Then I tell him I'm going for his nose and he usually lets me do it a couple times before yelling at me to stop.

As for your other problem regarding 'loose diapers'. To avoid an accident, I usually put a wipe in the back of his diaper so his pooh doesn't run up his back.

Join Circle of Moms

Sign up for Circle of Moms and be a part of this community! Membership is just one click away.

Join Circle of Moms