Cause The Child Has A Cold But Does Not Runny Nose?
I want to ask my child aged 6 months from birth if he has a cold why doesn’t his nose ever come out so when he sleeps he can’t sleep soundly because he can’t breathe because his nose is clogged with snot inside that can’t get out he’s been given cold medicine with the midwife but still can’t get out the runny nose and the cold has not healed yet. What’s the solution?
Nasal congestion in infants is not only caused by congestion of mucus, but can also be affected by swelling of the nasal cones / tissues. The tissue in the nose can indeed swell when a child has a cold. Besides, babies also can't blow their nose like adults.
A stuffy nose like this often makes parents worry and stressed. To help reduce complaints, you can try the following tips:
Use nasal drops that contain NaCl / saline liquid that is widely sold in pharmacies, make sure the contents are only NaCl or specifically for babies, this nasal drop functions to thin the mucus so that it is easy to suck
Use a nasal aspirator / infant nasal bulb to suck or suck the snot from the baby's nose, it is not recommended to suck through the mother's mouth
Use a humidifier
Put a bowl filled with warm water and let the baby breathe in the moisture
Increase breastfeeding and let the baby rest
Gently pat your back while being carried upright
You can use topical nasal congestion as long as the baby's skin is not sensitive
Try not to let the baby get exposed to the fan or air conditioner, if using the AC, adjust the AC temperature so that it is not too cold
If within 3 days the congestion of the baby does not improve or the baby has other complaints, you should check your baby with a pediatrician first so that further tests can be done to confirm his condition and then the doctor can provide maximum treatment. Handling that may be given by a doctor, for example, with oral drugs or with a nebulizer / evaporation device.
The following articles are related to the topic of your question:
Nasal congestion in babies
Colds in babies
Thank you and hope it helps,
dr. Devika Y