How To Get Rid Of Phlegm In The Baby’s Throat?
In the morning, my 2 month old nephew has phlegm in his throat, it has been a long time, he said that in the sun alone he could liquefy the phlegm, but it seems like he had so much phlegm that it seemed like he was having trouble breathing, last night he went to the doctor and he was given powder medicine. R n1. Is it dangerous or not if the sputum is like that? R n2. Can you give powder medicine? Then can it be rinsed with plain water? Because she should still be exclusively breastfed r n3. What other follow-up medically and non-medically? R nThank you in advance
Thank you for the question.
A lot of phlegm will certainly make it difficult for the baby to breathe. Sputum is mucus that is produced by the respiratory tract in response to catching foreign objects that enter during breathing. Phlegm will stimulate the cough reflex, but the cough reflex in babies is still not perfect. The baby will spit out phlegm by vomiting it or being swallowed so that mucus will be found when defecating. Babies with phlegm can be caused by flu or a viral or bacterial infection.
Although sputum is a normal mechanism for germs, take the baby immediately to the doctor for immediate therapy, if there is:
too much phlegm, it will greatly disturb the baby's breathing.
change color to yellowish, greenish, even brownish. This discoloration indicates an infection
accompanied by fever or the baby's temperature more than 37.5 degrees Celsius
experiencing severe respiratory distress characterized by deep breaths, rapid breathing, and blue lips, fingertips and toes.
Some suggestions that I can give to expel phlegm in babies:
continue to give breast milk whenever the baby wants
After giving breast milk, hold the baby in an upright position, and gently pat the baby on the back
provide warm water vapor in a closed room.
keep baby from dust, cigarette smoke, or the temperature is too cold
Give the baby a blanket to keep warm
if accompanied by fever, paracetamol can be given according to the recommended dose
if the baby vomits, immediately tilt the baby's head
The powder medicine given by the doctor is of course through interviews and physical examination. Can be given to babies according to the doctor's recommended dose. After giving the drug, babies can be given breast milk without the need to be given plain water.
If the baby does not get better and is gaining weight, immediately consult a Pediatrician.
That's my explanation, hopefully it can answer the question.
dr. Kresnawati Wahyu Setiono