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Baby - excess snot

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Springsummer2017 Wed 01-Mar-17 19:33:09

My lo (8 months) has had back to back viral infections this winter and for all but two weeks an extremely heavy runny nose. I know there's snotty but this is snot like I've never seen before - it literally pours out of her. Then when she's asleep it all goes down her throat and causes all sorts of snoring and breathing problems. Surely this can't be normal?! Saline drops do nothing and we already suction and have her cot on an angle. We also got steroid drops for a while but these also didn't seem to do too much. Help! We are drowning in snot!!

Gileswithachainsaw Wed 01-Mar-17 19:35:12

Does she have eczema?

Lots of snot can be indicative of allergies or an intolerance
DD had to he suctioned out several times a night and had really gunky eyes.

When did it first start

Springsummer2017 Wed 01-Mar-17 19:43:55

I'm not sure about eczema - she does sometimes get dry skin I guess.

Started in October/November when she caught rsv bronchiolitus and hasn't stopped since. The only times she's been snot free have been after she's had oral antibiotics for a skin infection and an eye infection but surely that's a coincidence?

Springsummer2017 Wed 01-Mar-17 19:46:19

She was fully breastfed at time it all started so I don't think food could be the cause. It's hard to tell tho isn't it? How can you tell? The dr just said it's back to back colds but her mucus is just so much more than any other baby I've seen.

Gileswithachainsaw Wed 01-Mar-17 19:47:57

What kind of skin infection?

Funnily enough the only time dd stopped being snotty was when she caught bronchiolitis and she was nil by mouth.

How is her breathing in general?

What are her nappies like

Springsummer2017 Wed 01-Mar-17 20:32:13

Breathing awful when asleep but when awake fine usually. It all seems to be a nose /upper airway problem from the mucous. When she doesn't have the mucous she breathes completely Normally. Nappies completely normal.

Skin was a weird spot that got a red bit underneath then she developed a high temp so antibiotics were given just in case as there was no other reason for the temp and it came down with the antibiotics being given.

Does sound like your one has allergies if it stopped when she wasn't eating. Do you think reflux affects as well?

I was wondering about nasal polps or sinituis?

Dr has ordered some basic immune function tests after all these illnesses but TBH I don't think she has a problem there.

Gileswithachainsaw Wed 01-Mar-17 20:45:47

Might be worth starting a food diary just to see if it's worse after anything.

Dd ended up on prescription milk and is now a very healthy sturdy 6 yr old grin

Does she have reflux too? Oh bless her.

Is there any way you cab perhaps file her at night to show the Dr?

It doesn't sound quite right does it. Is there any history if asthma or allergies in the family?

Springsummer2017 Wed 01-Mar-17 20:55:03

Yes been videoing as found we weren't taken seriously otherwise. They just said looks like upper airway/snot but she's managing on her sats so leave it (easy for them to say - they aren't the ones up all night with her!).

Yes there's something odd about it - I don't see other baby's having the problems she has so it can't be 'normal'.

Yes me and my other dd both have asthma/allergies.

will def keep a good diary -thank you good idea.

Springsummer2017 Wed 01-Mar-17 20:55:37

Glad your dd ended up ok

Gileswithachainsaw Wed 01-Mar-17 21:20:06

Yy I'm sure there would be a big turn around in medical opinions should they be the ones up half the night with sterimar spray and no sleep...

Lying flat is always worse maybe try propping up the cot at one end?

Apologies if you do this already..maybe see if they will give you a script fir some Piriton? Do you have any pets in the house?

Springsummer2017 Wed 01-Mar-17 21:41:41

Thanks Giles - actually we haven't tried priton - mostly because we keep being told it's just back to back viruses. Will give it a go for a night or two and see if it makes any difference.

Springsummer2017 Wed 01-Mar-17 21:42:23

No pets and no smokers but we do live in a city on a busy road...

NinkyNonky Wed 01-Mar-17 21:52:18

I was like this as a child - turned out to be abnormally large adenoids. My mum took me to the doctors so many times and they just kept giving me antibiotics (this was the 80's!) She got to the end of her tether and ended up going in and refusing to leave without a referral to ENT.

Gileswithachainsaw Wed 01-Mar-17 22:20:17

You will need a prescription when they are under 1 but if it works you will know if it's some kind of hayfever/allergy

FreeButtonBee Wed 01-Mar-17 22:32:28

My DTs had wal to wall anot for months over the winter as small kids and their younger brother is the same at 18mo. At 4, they have definitely improved so it can just be the impact of multiple consequetive illnesses on small children

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