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Question: 8 m/o gets phlegm and tries to catch breath

 bkyirene - Wed Nov 11, 2009 6:57 pm

Hi- My 8 month old daughter has always gotten phlegm when she drinks anything and everything. At this point, she drinks soy formula, apple juice, water and pedialyte. We have tried to have her drink sitting up and that didn't make any difference. She starts drinking, starts sounding congested, gets phlegmy and then has to drop what she is drinking and tries to catch her breath. I feel so helpless! Our pediatrician has said that perhaps she isn't digesting it properly. How is that? I just don't know what to do for her. She is starting to get frustrated so she refuses her bottle and/or sippy cup!
 Debbie Miller, RN - Thu Aug 12, 2010 2:51 pm

User avatar Hello,
You may need to try a different formula. She could be sensitive to both cow's milk and soy. Since breast milk is the ideal infant food, all others have risks of intolerance. One possibility would be Enfamil's Pregestamil which is effective for many children with metabolic and digestive problems.

I would also add humidity to the room to help her with thick secretions. If these measures don't help she may need additional testing for metabolic disorders.

Best wishes.

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