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Runny Nose in Children

What is a runny nose?

Rhinorrhea or “runny nose” is when an over production of mucus in the nasal cavity occurs. Allergies, common cold, crying or drug related side effects are a few common causes of a runny nose in children. Treatment may not be necessary, but can be offered in relief of one’s symptoms. Read below where Experts have answered many questions relating to runny nose in children.

What can be given to a toddler that has been coughing, sneezing, watery eyes, runny nose, but has no fever?

In some cases, giving medications for symptoms of cough, sneezing, water eyes, and runny nose may not be recommended for a toddler. In this case, the parent/caregiver can provide the toddler with some sort of relief by administering a vaporizer for a chronic runny nose. Also, the parent/caregiver can offer Benadryl for relief of sneezing and runny nose. An average cold symptom can last up to 10 days with a gradual decrease in symptoms. If the toddler develops a fever that lasts more than 72 hours, then the toddler may need to be seen by a pediatrician to offer medication to relieve child’s symptoms.

If a child has been exposed to staph infection, can this be the cause of the child having a fever and runny nose?

Symptoms of a fever with a runny nose may be an indication of a viral respiratory infection. If the mucus discharge is clear it is likely this is a viral respiratory infection. However if the mucus discharge is yellow or green in color one may need to have their child seen by a pediatrician. Staphylococcus (staph infection) may cause an infection if it comes in contact with the skin or open sore and may even cause a skin infection that can cause complications in the presence of a respiratory infection.

What could cause a chronic runny nose in a child that is sometimes clear and sometimes green?

Symptoms of a constant runny nose in a child can be caused by a nasal allergy also known as allergic rhinitis. A bacterial nasal sinus infection may be displayed with a green or yellow discoloration representing an infection. A visit with an ear-nose-throat (ENT) specialist may offer an examination in finding diagnosis and treatment in relief to a child’s symptoms. In the event of a bacterial infection an antibiotic treatment may be offered where as a nasal allergy may be treated with oral and/or nasal antihistamine in combination with an anti-inflammatory steroid treatment in relief of a constant runny nose.

If a toddler has been exposed to the hand, foot and mouth disease, and now the toddler is showing symptoms of a cough, diarrhea, lack or appetite, low temperature and a runny nose, could this be the hand, foot and mouth disease?

The virus of hand, foot, and mouth disease may be highly contagious, but the infection is normally mild and may not present any complications for a child. If the lack in appetite and drinking continues to decline the individual may want to have their child see a pediatrician; as this may cause further complications of dehydration and malnutrition.

Can a baby take the same medications that are offered for a runny nose in children?

A steam vaporizer, nasal mucus aspirator and or saline drops for the nose may be the only treatment available for a baby with a runny nose; as these medications that may be recommended for a runny nose in children may not be safe for babies. In the event a baby’s symptom becomes worse, an individual may want to receive a consult with their child’s pediatrician.

When fighting a constant runny nose in children that may include other symptoms of vomiting, diarrhea and fever it may be necessary in seeking medical attention for a proper diagnosis. An antibiotic or other medication may be necessary in order to provide relief to your child’s symptoms. An allergy and nasal infection can mirror the same symptoms as a runny nose in a child. A diagnosis may be necessary in receiving the proper treatment for a child’s symptoms. For more information pertaining to a runny nose in children contact the Experts.
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