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#1 of 3 Old 08-05-2004, 08:36 AM - Thread Starter
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Hey ya'll...another question for you. My 5 week old DS spits up a LOT. He also wakes up from his sleeps sounding really congested. I can't believe these two things aren't related. I haven't seen any snot, he just SOUNDS bad...and usually only when he first wakes up. But he makes some pretty scary noises. Could he be inhaling his spit-up at night? Is this something normal? I've heard of the chest "rattle"...what does that sound like? I stopped eating dairy a couple days ago, but I won't know if that's working for a week or so. Any advice? Thanks...
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It's common for new babes to be congested. Their little nasal passages are so narrow and are adjusting to all the stuff in the air. I put an air purifier in our room, but it didnt' make much of an effort (maybe spending a day vacuuming with a HEPA vac would help a bit :LOL), and the dr recommended a humidifier (we didn't do this because it's already a jungle here and my furniture practically sweats itself! LOL!). Dr Sears recommends hosing the nose from time to time (not too often or it causes irritation)> Get some saline nasal spray (nonmedicated). Hold baby in sitting position and gently spray a bit in each nostril. Use the bulb syringe to suck extra water out. Be sure to test the spray bottle a bit before sticking up babes nose to be sure you're not squirting a huge stream of water up there!

Not sure about the rattling chest? Doesn't sound good though. I'd call your Pediatrician.
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My dd started making the chest rattle noise around 1 month. I mentioned this to her ped at every appointment starting at 1 month and he told me it was "normal" and that "if she was a dirty old man she would clear her throat and spit in a cup" Yeah he really said this to us on three occasions! Anyway, I was not buying it. It was an awful noise and I wanted a real answer. So after bringing her in a few more times (extra appointments ) and getting this noise caught on tape he said that he thought it was Tracheomalacia (floppy trachea) and that he did not feel that it was serious enough to see a specialist but I insisted. So we saw the specialist and he said he thought that it was Laryngomalacia (floppy larynx) and that she should outgrow it by 1 year. There is no way to know for sure unless they do a scope but since my dd is growing normally and eating normally it is not necessary at this time.

So my advice to you is to get this noise on tape and take it to your ped and let him/her listen to it. If you are not satisfied with the answer you recieve get a 2nd and even 3rd opinion. I might be nothing but if your baby has one of these conditions they need to evaulate the severity of it. Even though there is nothing they can do for the condition if it is mild (it just takes time) it gave me peace of mind to know that there was nothing seriously wrong with my baby!!

I wanted to add that Elle is congested all of the time and she snores all night long. These things are not due to the laryngomalacia. For her nose we use "little noses" saline and a bulb syringe and we sleep with a cool mist humidifier.

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