Congested since birth - now 7 mths. old - What could be the problem?
My Grandaughter is now eight mths. old. She seems to have always had respiratory problems. Morning time appears the worst. When I hold her I can feel her lungs rumbling when she breaths. I can also hear "bubbly, gurgly" sounds very often in her breathing. Her mother has taken her to the doctor several times and he's put her on antibiotics a couple of times - which don't seem to have made any difference. The last time she took the baby to the Doctor, he figured it best just to let it clear up on it's own. That was approx. a month ago and it still has not cleared up.
Aurora (baby) does not appear to be sick or bothered by this. She does not have any temperature and it's not like she's got a cold.
Do you have any idea what could be causing this? Suggestions? Any idea on what to do to clear this up? Tests?
It is not uncommon for babies to make "noises" when they breathe. This may be from some mucus in the back of the throat or larger airways. The key things to watch are:
1. Is there any breathing problem, such as fast breathing or having difficulty getting air in or out?
2. Does the child have difficulty sleeping or eating? Significant breathing problems affect one or both of these activities.
3. Does the child have breathing problems when she cries? Crying forces the child to take deep breaths. This sometimes can bring out a breathing problem.
Has the baby been seen by a Pediatric Pulmonologist (lung specialist doctor), and, by a Pediatric Gastroenterologist (stomach & digestive specialist doctor), and, by a Pediatric ENT (Ear, Nose & Throat doctor), yet?
Since you can hear rumbling that sounds like it may be in the child's lungs, I hope the child will be seen by a good pediatric lung specialist doctor, and, a good pediatric ENT doc, soon.
Also, pediatric GERD (gastro-esophageal reflux disease) can cause problems with the lungs, windpipe (trachea), &/or vocal cords, etc. A good Pediatric Gasto doc who is familiar with pediatric GERD, can help diagnose this, if GERD is a problem.
And, if the air quality is not good (indoors or outdoors) this can affect the baby's breathing (like new carpets, chemical fumes, cigarette smoke, etc.).
I hope you get this figured out soon, with the help of some specialist doctors.
Sincerely, Concerned lady
My daughter was always congested as a baby. After many pleadings with her doctor they finally did some blood work for allergies. Doctor will tell you that the blood testing is not the most accurate, but it sure gave me a good place to start. Found out she had many food sensitivities. Removed all the offending foods from her diet and within 4 days she was completely off of benedryl and the constant congestion was gone. She is now a healthy 4 year old and with monitoring of these "offensive" foods she does wonderfully.
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