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4 mos old has flu, small nostrils get blocked

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Hi Doctor,

I live in Uganda in Africa,I have a 4 months old baby and she has acquired flu from her elder sister who is 4.5 years.
For the last two days she has not been sleeping well because her nose gets blocked at night and she has small nostrils.

Kindly advise on the medication to use .

Thank you.

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replied April 27th, 2015
Kids Health and Pediatrics Answer A51996
Welcome to e health forum.

Nose block is common in infants under 6 months.

Collection of mucus in the nose causes blockage, and babies cannot clear it normally.

There is no treatment required if the baby is well. If the baby is not feeding properly, try humidification of the room, by keeping a pot of warm water in the room. Steam inhalation would also help to improve the breathing. For infants , the mother can sit along with the baby in the bath room, and run the hot shower. Take care not to come in contact with the hot water.

Saline drops can be used only when the nose is blocked, and should not be used excessively.

If your baby has symptoms like breathing difficulty, wheezing, persistent cough, fever, sweating, etc, it would be recommended to consult your doctor or a pediatrician as soon as possible.

I hope this helps.

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