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Wakes with lot of boogies, 4 months old - Online Doctor Chats

Date : 21-Feb-2012
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User :   my 4 month old son has lots of boogies. An occasional cough but no fever. He has been like this for over 2 weeks. The mucus is clear for the most part, sometimes white. Could this be allergies?
Doctor :   Hi
Doctor :   let me read your query
Doctor :   does he have any breathing problems like wheezing ?
User :   no
Doctor :   any fever, chest congestion ?
User :   no neither
Doctor :   ok
User :   his only symptom is runny nose and at night it gets stuffy
User :   He wakes in the morning with dry boogies
Doctor :   usually these symptoms before 6 months of age is usually due to viral infections
User :   like a minor cold
User :   and it can last more than 2 weeks
Doctor :   and these symptoms mentioned do not appear due to allergy
Doctor :   has she been given any antibiotics ?
User :   no
Doctor :   ok
Doctor :   this condition can last for longer duration , due to issues of persistant infection
Doctor :   let me give a few tips to help
User :   thank you
Doctor :   please wait while i type them
Doctor :   Usually once a infection subsides the residual inflammation of the airway causes persistent cough
Doctor :   if your baby has Productive Cough, it serves a purpose -- to clear out mucous -- and during the day, there's usually no reason to suppress it.
Doctor :   you can give him Lots of fluids to thin out the mucus that builds up during the cold virus infection so that it is easier to clear out.
Doctor :   Try chicken soup, tea, broth, or clear liquids.
Doctor :   steam inhalation is a good method to help him
User :   Ok his only 4 months so basically the only clear liquid is water
Doctor :   Turn on the hot water in the bathroom and let the child breathe the warm steam for 10 minutes to help relieve congestion.
Doctor :   ok
User :   ok
Doctor :   Saline nasal wash: A salt water wash to clean out the nose is particularly helpful in infants, who can't blow their noses.
Doctor :   Drops are placed in each nostril and a suction bulb pulls mucus out of the nose.
User :   We do the saline wash 2-3 a day
Doctor :   ok that is very good
User :   Well thank you very much. That was helpful.
Doctor :   since it has not improved, for so long, she may benefit by a course of antibiotics too
User :   ok
User :   I am calling the doc for an appointment
Doctor :   amoxicillin would be a good antibiotic , which can be given by a pediatrician
Doctor :   that will be good
Doctor :   thank you for consulting me here
Doctor :   take care and bye for now
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