Today I found out this website while searching for the efficacy of saline nebulization in babies. Your suggestions are very practical and helpful.
My baby who is 7 months old is having cough, nasal blockage and also runny nose for one week. She had upper respiratory tract infection which had to be treated with antibiotic 20 -25 days back. She had the similar kinds of symptoms for that initially. So I am really scared whether the same infection is developing again or not. On the last week check up her doctor said clear chest. Then how can I prevent or help her to get out of this cold and cough episodes? Is saline nebulisation safe or effective in this condition? Last time her cough got better with nebulization with bottled saline water. Does it have any side effect? Or can I give in this condition?
One more observation that I notice whenever she catches cold/cough her stool color, texture and frequencies also get changed. It becomes little loose, sometime mucusy, more in quantity and also increases in times. I can not clearly make out that which comes first the diarrhea or cold.
After 6 months of age, the babies do start getting viral infections repeatedly. Your baby had a viral infection 20days ago. She recovered, as her system developed immunity against that particular virus, but after 20 days another virus attacked her. There are many viruses in the atmosphere that produce cold, cough and fever and these attack children whenever they come across them. By taking many hygienic precautions you can reduce the no. of microbes around you but you will not be able to get rid of them, so you cannot prevent these infections.
There is no medicine that can get rid of these viruses. After 6 to 7 days child recovers from these infections by building immunity against these viruses.( the ability to do so resides in every normal individual).Your job during this time is to see that child is 1. Comfortable 2.is getting enough fluids 3.is breathing normally. If child has difficulty in breathing, then she will need nebulizer. If saline helps, that can be given, if it does not help then along with saline nebulizer with asthalin and budecort will have to be used. If child’s breathing is not relieved with these measures then she may need hospitalisation.
Nebulization with saline has no side effects. you can use it whenever your child needs it.
The viruses that attack your child, not only attacks respiratory system but attacks the gastroentero system also, producing diarrhoea. In this case also you should just take care that your child gets enough fluids.
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