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    What causes running nose in an infant?

Posted on Thu, 20 Jul 2017 in Child Health
Question: Hi Doctor,

My 8th month old baby had a running nose since Sunday.I gave her steam inhalation on Sunday night and Monday post that her running nose has stopped.However since yesterday and today morning whevever she wakes up she coughs continously.This cough isnt there during the day.She seeems fine and active.Can we do something for the cough she gets in the morning when she wakes up?

Answered by Dr. Sumanth Amperayani 52 minutes later
Brief Answer:
Looks like a viral cough and cold - suggested remedies.

Detailed Answer:
Hi...Thank you for consulting in Health Care magic.

Cough and cold are viral 95% of the times in children. For cold you can use anti-allergics like cetirizine and for nose block, saline nasal decongestants will do.

For fever - Paracetamol can be given in the dose of 15mg/kg/dose (max ceiling dose 500mg) every 4-6th hourly, that too only if fever is more than 100F. I suggest not using combination medicines for fever, especially with Paracetamol.

For cold and cough (at this age) you can use Cetrizine at 0.25mg/kg/dose every 12 hourly for 3 days.

If the cough doesn't get better in 3 days I suggest you consult your pediatrician, as there is a seasonal change and it could be a hyper reactive airways problem.

For nasal block, plain saline nasal drops will do, every 4-6th hourly to relive nasal congestion.

Hope my answer was helpful for you. I am happy to help any time. Further clarifications and consultations on Health care magic are welcome. If you do not have any clarifications, you can close the discussion and rate the answer. Wish your kid good health.

Regards - Dr. Sumanth MBBS., DCH., DNB (Paed).,
Above answer was peer-reviewed by : Dr. Chakravarthy Mazumdar
Follow up: Dr. Sumanth Amperayani 14 hours later
Thanks Doctor.Baby has no fever.Its only cough she gets at times.Nose also is not running.Can we give her Kufril LS drops?What should be the dose?Also do we still give her steam or Nasal drops?
Answered by Dr. Sumanth Amperayani 6 minutes later
Brief Answer:
Suggestions on viral cough and cold

Detailed Answer:

1. Kufril LS contains Ambroxol and Guiphenasin, both of which are not licensed in this age group. So I suggest you not to use it. Moreover it contains Levosalbutamol which is used for wheezing.

Instead you can use Cetrizine or Levocetirizine as I had suggested in my previous interaction.

2. You can continue steam inhalation and saline nasal drops. No problem.

By what you say I feel she's getting better.

Regards - Dr. Sumanth
Above answer was peer-reviewed by : Dr. Chakravarthy Mazumdar
Follow up: Dr. Sumanth Amperayani 2 minutes later
Thanks Doctor.Will continue to give her steam inhalation and monitor her coughing.How long does such cough last in babies?
Answered by Dr. Sumanth Amperayani 9 hours later
Brief Answer:
Cough might take a week to settle down

Detailed Answer:
Hi.... usually in such viral cold and cough, initially the cold settles down along with runny nose and then the cough might take another week to completely settle down.

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