Get your Health question answered in 3 easy steps
A Doctor will be with you shortly
Ask a Doctor Now
170 Doctors are Online

Child with disability, white frothy sputum coming from mouth, nose. What could be causing this?

My 6 year old son is disabled. He has a rare genetic condition and requires total care. He requires lots of auctioning. Over thebpastbmonth or so, in the mornings he has a very large amount of white frothy sputum coming from his mouth and nose. His oxygen level and heart rate have been in his normal range. No fever. What could be causing this?
Asked On : Fri, 8 Mar 2013
Answers:  1 Views:  35
Report Abuse
Share on Facebook
Share on Twitter
Share on Google+
Question is related to
Medical Topics
Pathologist and Microbiologist 's  Response
Hello and welcome to HCM,

It would have been good if you had posted the genetic disorder from which your son is suffering.
Anyways, presence of large amounts of white colored frothy sputum from mouth suggests accumulation of secretions in the upper respiratory tract and/ or upper gastrointestinal tract.
All the secretions produced by the nasal mucosa, oral mucosa and pharyngeal mucosa are swallowed by the action of the pharyngeal muscles.
Any abnormality in the muscles, inco-ordination of the muscles, etc. can lead to accumulation of secretions in the oral cavity and inability to swallow them.

You need to consult your pediatrician.
This sign could be a part of the genetic disorder that your son is suffering from.

Thanks and take care
Dr Shailja P Wahal
Answered: Tue, 28 May 2013
I find this answer helpful

 1 user finds this helpful

Disclaimer: These answers are for your information only and not intended to replace your relationship with your treating physician.
This is a short, free answer. For a more detailed, immediate answer, try our premium service [Sample answer]


Loading Online Doctors....
© Ebix, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
All the information, content and live chat provided on the site is intended to be for informational purposes only, and not a substitute for professional or medical advice. You should always speak with your doctor before you follow anything that you read on this website. Any health question asked on this site will be visible to the people who browse this site. Hence, the user assumes the responsibility not to divulge any personally identifiable information in the question. Use of this site is subject to our Terms & Conditions
Already Rated.
Your rating:

Ask a Doctor