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Question: baby allergies?


 worrywart - Fri Sep 10, 2004 10:44 am

1yr old daughter has sniffled and coughed and hacked for most of her little life. She is in daycare 3x/wk so we attribute some to that environment and Central Texas is BAD for allergies, too. The 3 times we've had her seen for bad congestion (at our rural clinic) we were told it was just a cold, 2 ear infections, and then tonsillitis. She's treated for each thing, then it dies back down to just regular sniffles, coughs and hacking.

This past week when she throws her "i don't want to be in the car seat" fit, it ends up with a major coughing episode, painful cries, and then last night a string of bright red bood in her sputum. Phone nurse said to monitor, and no more was seen. Her nasal secretions are usually clear or yellowish/green, her right eye seems a little swollen (but everyone around her has swollen eyes from allergies this week).

Any recommendations?
 Dr. Russell M - Sat Sep 11, 2004 1:33 pm

User avatar Hi!

As a first line of activity, I would begin with enough steam around the baby so that they condense on to the respiratory tracts, easing and diluting any secretions from the nasal passage down to the lung end. To keep the nasal passages clear, I might also try some saline drops into the nose.

One may try over-the-counter children's allergy remedies if all household remedies fail.

Blood in nasal secretions may sometimes occur after a bout of rough coughing or vomiting or nose-picking. But it would be best to show the baby to a pediatrician to rule out other causes like hypertension or bleeding disorders.

Hope this helps.

bill

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