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What do noise while breathing in a baby suggest?

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Posted on Mon, 1 Jun 2015
Question: My baby is 3.5 months old and makes noise while breathing is anything serious doctors has prescribed coscoril n wikaroril drips
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Answered by Dr. Pradeep Kumar Jain (41 minutes later)
Brief Answer:
I won't get worried if there is no respiratory difficulty and feeding well

Detailed Answer:
Hello

Thanks for the query

The most common cause of noisy breathing in this age is nasal blockage. This nasal blockage can be due to drying up of secretion, due to allergy or some viral infection.
If there is no associated fever chances of viral infection is very unlikely.
I won't get overly worried if baby is active, playful, accepting feeds well and there is no increase in respiratory rate or chest retraction.

Coscoril contains ambroxol which causes thinning of secretion. Wikoryl contains paracetamol(antipyratic), phenylephrine (decongestant) and chlorpheniramine (antiallergic).
I would like to know whether the baby is running fever or not.
If there is no fever I wont suggest to continue Wikoryl as it contains antipyratic which is not needed. In the absence of fever better to use a preparation which does not contain paracetamol like Triaminic drop or Sudafed PE drop.

Continue giving Coscoril.I suggest you to use nasal saline drop like otrivin nasal saline drop or nasoclear nasal saline drop.Put one drop in each nostril at an interval of about one min to relieve the obstruction 4-6 times a day particularly before feed.It is a very safe preparation and helps a lot.

I hope this answer your query
I shall be glad to answer if you have any more query.
regards
Above answer was peer-reviewed by : Dr. Vaishalee Punj
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Follow up: Dr. Pradeep Kumar Jain (24 minutes later)
There is no fever baby is active and playful n is feeding well but he makes noise when he is feeding how do I check for respiratory difficulty . sometimes he is fine not making noise but then he makes snorty noise and also same type of noise while feeding n playing. and some times he coughs also as if he is gig to vomit n he sneezes 4 to 5 times at one go
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Answered by Dr. Pradeep Kumar Jain (10 minutes later)
Brief Answer:
Respiratory difficulty can be assessed by chest indrawing

Detailed Answer:
Thanks for the follow up

Respiratory difficulty in baby can be assessed by presence of rapid respiration associated with in drawing of the chest wall.
The symptoms like cough,sneezing with noisy breathing is suggestive of upper airway allergy.The symptoms will improve after taking the measures mentioned above.
If there is any respiratory distress or feeding difficulty consult your pediatrician for evaluation and management accordingly.
I hope this answers your query.
If you have any more doubts I shall be glad to solve it out.
Regards
Above answer was peer-reviewed by : Dr. Vinay Bhardwaj
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What do noise while breathing in a baby suggest?

Brief Answer: I won't get worried if there is no respiratory difficulty and feeding well Detailed Answer: Hello Thanks for the query The most common cause of noisy breathing in this age is nasal blockage. This nasal blockage can be due to drying up of secretion, due to allergy or some viral infection. If there is no associated fever chances of viral infection is very unlikely. I won't get overly worried if baby is active, playful, accepting feeds well and there is no increase in respiratory rate or chest retraction. Coscoril contains ambroxol which causes thinning of secretion. Wikoryl contains paracetamol(antipyratic), phenylephrine (decongestant) and chlorpheniramine (antiallergic). I would like to know whether the baby is running fever or not. If there is no fever I wont suggest to continue Wikoryl as it contains antipyratic which is not needed. In the absence of fever better to use a preparation which does not contain paracetamol like Triaminic drop or Sudafed PE drop. Continue giving Coscoril.I suggest you to use nasal saline drop like otrivin nasal saline drop or nasoclear nasal saline drop.Put one drop in each nostril at an interval of about one min to relieve the obstruction 4-6 times a day particularly before feed.It is a very safe preparation and helps a lot. I hope this answer your query I shall be glad to answer if you have any more query. regards