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Old 03-06-2010, 08:46 AM   #1
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What can be done for 18m with runny nose?

My DD is 18.5 months old and has a pretty fierce runny nose. Her first "illness" ever! What can we do for her? Hyland Cold Relief 4 Kids treats runny nose, but it indicates 2+ on the package. But on their website it says "Hyland's Cold Relief 4Kids with zinc contains none of the ingredients that led to the recent voluntary recall of pediatric OTC cough/cold medicines indicated for children under 2" which makes me feel like they're saying it can be given to kids under 2. Sniffles 'n Sneezes 4 Kids also treats runny nose, but same thing with the age restriction.

I know all kinds of stuff to do for a stuffy nose, but not a runny nose. We don't get them nearly as often. So is there anything can I do to alleviate it?

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We just use the booger sucker thingy like they give you at the hospital and use lots and lots of kleenex. DD has had a runny nose for over a week now and it doesn't seem like there's an end in sight.
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I wouldn't medicate for a runny nose. We just have the kids take a steamy shower to help get it out if that makes sense...
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Re: What can be done for 18m with runny nose?

We have the same thing going on right now. I have been giving a little juice (okay water flavored with juice) to try to encourage more liquids, and using the booger sucker as well.
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"booger sucker" (DH calls it the nose squeegee)

I have had bad outcomes when I try to medicate a runny nose in preschool aged children. My ped actually recommended 1/4-1/2 teaspoon benadryl at night for the runny nose. (I know it says not for kids under 6 on the bottle.) While it DOES, dry them up really well and help them get some desperately needed sleep at night, I ALWAYS end up taking them to the dr with an ear infection a few days later. Something about drying it up turns the mess into a messy breeding ground for bacteria.

So now, I simply use the bulb syringe to really clear it out (usually right after bath) and wipe/blot as much as possible. A little moisturizer of choice under the nose to help keep the skin from getting chapped there makes the kids more willing to allow me to wipe it, too.

I also stay away from dairy (mucus forming) and give lots of diluted juice. I've been known to make up some weak koolaide when I run out of juice just to encourage the fluids.
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Humidifer, vicks vapor rub on chest at nap . . . up to you if you want to give the hylands - I do if it is super bad. I use old burp cloths to wipe her nose (gerber pf) so she doesn't get a rash from it.
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Re: What can be done for 18m with runny nose?

In addition to the nasal aspirator/bulb syringe, squirt some saline spray up your LO's nose, prior to aspirating. This help loosen up the snot, and allows you to get alot out at once. I agree with no medication, unless neccesary. Try putting your LO in the shower with you and keeping a humidifier running in their room at night. Baby Vicks provides a little extra relief too.
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I have a nosefrida and LOVE it
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DFS has a lot of mucous issues due to his special needs. We have been told by an ENT, ped, developmental ped, and GI at the children's hospital---no meds. Just suck it out and don't suck it out more than 4 times a day or the irritation can actually make it worse.
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