An 18 Month Old Child Has Phlegm When He Is Not Coughing A Cold?

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I want to ask … Is it normal or not a child aged 18 months still has phlegm in his throat … even though he is not coughing a cold … will it disappear on his own or what?

1 Answer:

Hi Sarah,


Thank you for the question.

The throat that has phlegm continuously in the baby, as long as it does not cause it to cough, tightness, nausea, vomiting, fever, difficulty eating and drinking, or difficulty speaking often is not a dangerous condition. Phlegm that is excessively produced in the throat may be caused by inflammation in the throat that is triggered by contact with irritative or allergenic substances from the air, for example dust, cold, smoke, animal hair, pollen, and so on. Phlegm can seem quite annoying in the throat because babies at this age still lack cough reflexes. Often, the accumulation of phlegm in the throat will make the baby's breath sounding grok-grok, especially when he was crying or excessive physical activity.


Not only that, excessive phlegm in the baby's throat may also indicate other conditions, such as viral or bacterial infections, bronchitis, pneumonia, pulmonary tuberculosis, immune disorders, stomach acid reflux, drug side effects, benign or malignant tumors around the throat, and so on. Typically, complaints relating to these conditions do not arise on their own, but are accompanied by other more severe complaints as mentioned above. Of course, in contrast to normal phlegm, this condition needs to be treated further by a doctor in order to recover completely.


The question now, is there any other complaint that your baby is experiencing besides throat phlegm?


If there is, and the complaint is very severe or does not improve in a long time, you should check your baby directly to the doctor or pediatrician so that further tests can be done, for example with allergy tests, x-rays, Mantoux tests, blood tests, or other supporting tests . For the time being, you can first overcome the condition of your baby by:

Give him enough milk for up to 2 years or more
Also give him a variety of nutritious food and drink, complete with fruit rich in vitamin C as a snack in between meals
Keep your baby away from cigarette smoke, dust, cold, and other potential allergens
Don't make it a habit for babies to eat and drink cold, artificial sweets, or excessive oiliness
Always maintain sanitation, ventilation, and lighting in the environment where the baby is active
Avoid other people who are experiencing infectious respiratory infections so as not to come in close contact with the baby

Hope this helps ...

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