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Apr 02, 2009
mommato3
congestion and meds
What do you all do for your babies congestion? My 4 month old has chronic congestion and drainage. Our pedi won't give him anything b/c he's so young and she says FDA now says not under 2. She also says no infection so he doesn't need an antibiotic. She along with another pedi both say his throat is very red from drainage. We go see our GI again next week and have an appointment with a pulmo and ENT later on in April. He has not been eating much at all. I sleep feed him most of the time out of desperation. He is on Elecare-hypoallergenic formula so I don't know if there is more to do there for food allergies. They tell me his congestion is from reflux. I was just wondering if anyone else's doc has given them anything for this. I can't believe if his throat is so red and his nose runs like a river that he can't have ANYTHING. This has been going on for months. Some of the redness may be from reflux but he's on a high dose of prevacid and reglan. I truly believe all this drainage is rubbing his throat raw. He has a scope and bronchoscopy and larangoscopy scheduled for end of April. We;ve used humidifiers, vaporizers, saline, and suction.
Apr 02, 2009
jenrackley
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Melina 7/24/02 now reflux free!!
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Is the head of the bed elevated? It can help with drainage and reflux. When mine were that age they gave them benadryl but I know the recommendations have changed recently, and my babies are almost 4. ;) Saline worked well for us as long as we used it consistently. Do you have an air purifier? Maybe it would help to get some of the things he could be allergic to out of the air?
Apr 02, 2009
mommy2max&lucy
Patti, mom to Max (3/04) with EE and chronic sinus issues; Lucy (6/07) with reflux
So sorry to hear this! It is frustrating when you don't know what to do since they are so little. We had congestion issues as well with our son when he was a baby. We ran his humidifier constantly...turns out it was the worst thing for him because he has a severe mold allergy. The congestion started because of his reflux, but the humidifier made it ten times worse. It might be something to consider. I agree with Jen...the saline needs to be done every couple of hours on a consistent basis to really make it worthwhile. It has helped us, but the key was staying consistent with it. The other thing to consider is a scan of his sinuses to make sure there are no cysts, etc. that could be contributing to the issues....very rare, but it happens. Good luck!
Apr 02, 2009
mommato3
Thanks! He stays elevated with the reflux. We do have two air purifiers. I use the saline constantly since that's all I have. I'm just concerned about his throat always being so red. She said on Monday while she was looking at it that mucous was dripping down like crazy. My oldest boy is 5. i remember him being on prednisolone, decongestants, histamines, etc. I guess I would think that if has gone on this long and it hurts him to eat they would do something.
Apr 02, 2009
mommy2max&lucy
Patti, mom to Max (3/04) with EE and chronic sinus issues; Lucy (6/07) with reflux
Oh, I just remembered another thing...they put our daughter on allergy meds to help with all of the congestion, dripping, etc. as a baby...but she was around 6 months old and a "hefty" size, so I am not sure what the weight/age limitations are but I would definitely bring it up with the ENT...sometimes specialists are more willing to try meds, etc that primary docs.
Apr 02, 2009
mommato3
Would the bronchoscopy or larangoscopy show anything about his sinuses? My 5 year old's allergist told me to give the baby 1-2 drops of Nasalcrom (drops with a steroid but OTC drug) twice a day. The pharmacist was questioning that as the label reads not under two. So I haven't tried it. I think your right about the specialist. It is ashame we all have to wait so long to see the specialists. I will try unplugging the humidifier and just using the air purifier.
Apr 02, 2009
mom2adriane&morgan
Adriane Reese 05/16/07; seemingly healthy when born; diagnosed with MSPI, severe Reflux, Apnea, Ashtma, Epilepsy, and severe food allergies(rice, corn, milk, soy, eggs, oats, wheat, beef, chicken, squash, pumpkin, avocado, etc.);On apnea monitor, seems to be tolerating RCF w/carbohydrate mixed in; on Zyrtec, Xopenex, Prevacid
Is the congestion mainly in his nose or are you seeing it in the chest also. I know that our pulmo gave A some neb meds when we saw him and she wasn't any older than your lo is now. It seemed to help with all the congestion some because of the steroid. I hated putting her on it but it did help. I'm sorry he is so miserable. I hope you find something that works soon.
Apr 02, 2009
zack'smom
Zack born 09/28/07 @ 31 weeks. Dx silent reflux @ 6 mo. Now not so silent. Switched to Elecare @ 9 mo. On Prevacid 15mg 1x daily. Looking to stop the puke and gain some lbs.
Puke stopped about 24 months and he's learning to eat...very slowly.
Still on prevacid and periactin.
My son is reflux "juicy" congested all the time...has been since he was very tiny...we have a neb with Pulmicort (and albuterol if he gets a cold on top of it all)...we are on Singulair and Zyrtec, too. He still is mucousy and snotty...phhhh. Stupid reflux.
Apr 02, 2009
kubicki5
Julie - I have three children. My youngest Katie is my refluxer. My first Ben was very colicy and is ADHD. My middle Jakob is pretty easy going. Katie had it bad as a baby no sleep for two years. She was on Nutramagin, Prevacid and Zantac. Thought we were through it but after age three it came back big time. After her scope she was put on Prevacid 45mg a day and mylanta as needed. Scope was in Sept. Showed damage in stomach and espophogus. It took about 7 months of medication and Reflux diet for her to start feeling better.
Did they swab his nose and check for infection? It could be a sinus infection and the only way to know is to look at the boogers under a microscope. Katie had chronic sinus infections. The reflux is many time the culprit.
Apr 02, 2009
mommato3
They have never swabbed his nose or done a CBC. She said its not an infection b/c he doesn't run a fever. I always thought if it lasted for more than a couple weeks straight that they should suspect an infection. Well, I just called the pediatrician that we interviewed last week -not our regular pediatrician who we saw on Tues. (We haven't made our mind up yet about who to switch too) and he said to go ahead and give him the NasalCort-over the counter steroid nasal spray. so I guess I'll try that. Even he commented last week on all the drainage going on down his throat last week. If that doesn't help I will insist that they check for sinus infection. Thanks!
Apr 03, 2009
kubicki5
Julie - I have three children. My youngest Katie is my refluxer. My first Ben was very colicy and is ADHD. My middle Jakob is pretty easy going. Katie had it bad as a baby no sleep for two years. She was on Nutramagin, Prevacid and Zantac. Thought we were through it but after age three it came back big time. After her scope she was put on Prevacid 45mg a day and mylanta as needed. Scope was in Sept. Showed damage in stomach and espophogus. It took about 7 months of medication and Reflux diet for her to start feeling better.
Katie rarely had fever with her sinus infections.
Check with your
doctor first!