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Congestion problems since birth causing difficulty in sleeping, ingestion, taking Zatofen since birth. Is it advisable?

HI, my son has congestion problems since his birth. he couldnot latch on because he was low birth weight baby, but was not premature. it was very difficult for him to sleep and and sometimes ,to ingest milk (cow and gate, formula milk) due to his congestion. so we consulted a doctor and he suggested to give him ZATOFEN, an anti allergy medicines for six weeks. he is one and a half months old and i have been giving him the medicine for 4 weeks now. I also consulted other doctors and they said to stop the medicine as it should not be given to the children under 6 months of age. what should i do?
Thu, 24 Jan 2013
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Pediatrician 's  Response
Hi
Thanks for your query.
Nose block is common in babies.i advise you to put saline nasal drops in nostrils 5 to 10 min before feeding 3 to 4 times a day,humidification of room is also very important as dryness in room leads to dry nasal mucosa.
Antiallergic medication needs to be avoided and are only given for 4 to 5 days if needed.

Wishing your baby god health,
God bless.
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Pediatrician, Neonatology Dr. Uma Rajah Ananth's  Response
Hi,
yes true! We would not like to give this drug at this age.
Better to find out what is the cause of problem.
check for patency of nostrils and blocked nose which can cause this.
may be some simple normal saline nose drops will work!!!
Good luck
DrUma


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Congestion problems since birth causing difficulty in sleeping, ingestion, taking Zatofen since birth. Is it advisable?

Hi Thanks for your query. Nose block is common in babies.i advise you to put saline nasal drops in nostrils 5 to 10 min before feeding 3 to 4 times a day,humidification of room is also very important as dryness in room leads to dry nasal mucosa. Antiallergic medication needs to be avoided and are only given for 4 to 5 days if needed. Wishing your baby god health, God bless.