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Hello. I just read through your question and I understand your concern.
One thing I would consider here is the possibility of acid reflux. Though it is more commonly seen at an earlier age, it can begin at any age. it would account for the extreme discomfort he feels, and the inability to be consoled, during these episodes. The snotty nose is also a feature of reflux. In fact, often there are babies that endure months of nasal congestion without the diagnosis of relux ever considered.
This is treatable and often resolves as the children get a little older. It would be a good idea to discuss this with your pediatrician and offer the possibility of reflux. if this does turn out to be the diagnosis, treatment will make a huge difference.
Typically, prescription medication, like zantac or prevacid, are prescribed. If you wanted to start something over the counter first, you can try maalox. i do recommend consulting with your pediatrician about this. but again, maalox would be the best over the counter choice.