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    Default Remedies for throat congestion??

    DS is 9 weeks old now & still has the mucus in his throat (from birth)
    I am using a vaporiser with eucalyptus oil during the night, keeping the house warm, using eukybear rub, have elevated his bassinette and he sleeps on his side, also using saline drops a few times a day however cannot suction much out (only clear fluid comes out) as it is in his throat.
    The mucus sounds looser though.

    The GP said his chest was clear so the mucus is only in his throat therefore will not treat him with anything. When I asked the GP how long until the congestion clears the answer was that maybe DS is just a mucus-y baby. Going on 9 weeks now and I dont feel comfortable with the length of time!

    So is there any other remedies I could do to help him? Am willing to consider homeopathy or alternate remedies (if safe)
    And how long realistically should this go on for? Help?! My poor little man I just want to clear my throat for him.

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    i fully sympathise with you. Our DD2 has always had problems like this since she was born. We had to learn how to clear her nose in hospital. We have been told by the paed that she will probably hve to have her tonsils and adenoids out early on. Her problem is mainly her nose but the slightest bit of mucus and she struggles to breathe. We have had to sleep her on her side with the bassinet tilted up as well.

    I dont have any other advice other than what you are already doing. At the moment DD2 is laying on a flat v shape pillow moulded to tilt her head back slightly. This seems to really help clear her airways enoug to get some sleep. Before any one comments, she only ever uses the pillow while being 100% supervised. I am very aware of the SIDS risk.

    ETA: DD2 is almost 6 months

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    Oh it is so awful! I think since i wrote this he has gotten more choked up
    He has just vomited after his last feed because he is so congested.
    Someone mentioned vomiting being beneficial as it brings up the mucus?
    Im glad to hear that I am not overreacting! Unfortunately my paed is 1000kms away from where we live and the GPs are pretty slack. Yes and I thought it was strange the mucus was there from birth?? Dont know what to do from here..

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    I dont know much about the vomitting being beneficial for bringing it up but long term. I think that could cause problems with the throat being burnt from acid, regular vomiting could also mess with his nutrition etc I can see how short term it could work if the child/baby had a cold or flu but long term, there has to be a better answer. If only you could get a second opinion. Mucous can't just form in the throat can it? it has to come from somewhere, obviously there has to be an underlying problem. maybe something neds cortorising (sp?). I dunno, could you mabe talk to a chemist or pharmisist, see if there is a decongestant you could give him? being so young though, there might not be much you can do right now.

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    Go see a homeopath and an osteopath. My homeopath just recommended I go see a cranial osteopath for all 3 of my children! I think alternative therapies are very good in fixing these issues!! I LOVE homeopathy!!!


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    Quote Originally Posted by SugarplumMummy View Post
    Oh it is so awful! I think since i wrote this he has gotten more choked up
    He has just vomited after his last feed because he is so congested.
    Someone mentioned vomiting being beneficial as it brings up the mucus?
    Im glad to hear that I am not overreacting! Unfortunately my paed is 1000kms away from where we live and the GPs are pretty slack. Yes and I thought it was strange the mucus was there from birth?? Dont know what to do from here..
    I had a very mucousy dd2 and DS for a few weeks after birth, not 9 weeks though, and I found that when they brought up milk after a feed it did clear them out quite a bit and they always seemed to be able to breathe a bit easier.
    They would both gag when feeding due to the mucous so I understand your concerns :-(
    Is there a different gp you could see? Or other health professional?

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    Thanks everyone yes bub does feel better because he is bringing up some mucus when he vomits, however has really only done that today.
    I just rang my CHN who advised if I havent seen improvement to take him to the ER department however she didnt suggest they could do anything other than check if it is on his chest (which I dont think it is)
    I agree mucus isnt just there for no reason. At birth do they normally suck mucus from the baby? Can they suck anything now?
    We do have an ear,nose,throat specialist that visits once a month - should I try see him? I am doubting myself because even the CHN didnt sound alarmed that its been 9 weeks.
    I thought my due dates may have been wrong and I had my csection too early? All possibilities I suppose..

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    I would definitely see the ENT. My DD (toddler) had heaps of mucous after a virus for a month, causing coughing, choking etc and the GP just dismissed it, saying it wasn't it on her chest so we'd just have to ride it out. We finally saw the ENT (for something different) and he said her adenoids were infected and prescribed antibiotics. 2 days on those and it cleared up. It wouldn't hurt getting a specialist's opinion. I hope it gets resolved soon.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sunnybambino View Post
    I would definitely see the ENT. My DD (toddler) had heaps of mucous after a virus for a month, causing coughing, choking etc and the GP just dismissed it, saying it wasn't it on her chest so we'd just have to ride it out. We finally saw the ENT (for something different) and he said her adenoids were infected and prescribed antibiotics. 2 days on those and it cleared up. It wouldn't hurt getting a specialist's opinion. I hope it gets resolved soon.
    Thanks - lets hope the visit is scheduled for soon and I can get into see him.
    Not entirely sure I will visit the ER only to be dismissed again!

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    So the ENT no longer visits our town and there is no replacement?! Our health system drives me mad!

    So another checkup at the GP, still not on his chest but is still mucus-y however it did improve after he brought some up. Now he has a little cold so its making it difficult for me to figure out the throat congestion vs stuffy nose.


 

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