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serious infant nasal congestion - ongoing


Posted by Dragon73

Hello,

I was wondering if there was anything I could do for my 10 week old son who has terrible runny sounding mucousy nasal congestion.  He only seems to suffer really badly after being on his back for periods longer than 30 minutes.  (Usually worst after his nightly sleep - in the early am when he wakes).  His terrible nasal gurgling lasts about 10 - 15 minutes and then he seems to swallow most of it, and after about 1 hour, he usually is much better.  All of this takes place without any intervention from me.  I have tried using a nasal aspirator when he was a few weeks old, but I wasn't able to get anything out of his nostrils using it.  (He is a tiny boy - born 5lbs 14ozs. - He is currently 10lbs.)  The reason I am concerned is, this has been ongoing since he was born (by cesarean section), and I was told that since he wasn't born vaginally, he would be more congested than other babies as the congestion was not "squeezed out of him at birth".  Unfortunately, after several visits to the doctors, nothing has changed.  Our doctor suggested infant saline drops, and this too has not helped.  I understood that infant congestion was normal for a few weeks after birth, but this is now going on 11 weeks.  Is that still normal?  And is there anything else I can do to eliminate it?  We have also asked our doctor if our son could be allergy tested, as I feel that he may be allergic to something in our home.  (The doctor told us that infants are not normally allergy tested until 6 months of age - I would hate to see him suffer for 4 more months!)

Please let me know if there is anything else I can do, or if you have any other ideas what could be causing this "runny/mucousy" type congestion.

Thank you very much,

Sandi

 
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