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#1 of 9 Old 05-18-2009, 08:04 PM - Thread Starter
 
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My 2.5 month old has sounded congested while breathing since she was 2 weeks old. She does not have a cold. When i look up her nose it is all clear and it does not run or anything. My dr does not know what is causing it. She sent us to a ear, nose, and throat specialist who put a little camera up her nose and all the way into her throat and sinuses but he found nothing. (This was very traumatic for her as you can imagine.) We also had an x-ray done to check her lungs and heart but they saw nothing there. The reason they are concerned is because she is so little and because it has been going on for so long with no changes.

Has anyone else experienced something similar or have some wisdom to shine some light on the situation? The best I can describe it is that is sounds like she has a lot of mucus in her nose when she breathes but it is actually all clear, no mucus. Thanks.

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Is it all the time or just when she lays down?

When my dd2 was that age she sounded like that just when she layed down-especially right after nursing-turns out for her it was reflux. I didn't realize that was a symptom. I cut out all dairy in my diet and she did much better.
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She does it all the time in any position.

The dr. did mention reflux but she doesn't spit up much. maybe 1-2 times a day.

I want to do whatever I can to help her but I hope I don't have to give up dairy, I just found a great raw milk source! Yummy!

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With congestion I would suspect the milk straightaway- it is the number one food issue w/ little ones. Even the raw milk is not tolerated by a lot of kiddos(unforunately).

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With congestion I would suspect the milk straightaway- it is the number one food issue w/ little ones. Even the raw milk is not tolerated by a lot of kiddos(unforunately).
But wouldn't there be some sort of flym (is that the spelling? LOL) or swelling of the nasal passages? That would of been picked up during the tests the Ear Nose and Throat Doc did, I would think.

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My five week old has something similar, I think, but it isn't absolutely constant like it is with your DD. He rarely seems to have anything actually there in his nostrils, but often sounds as if he were congested. He even lightly snores sometimes. I went off dairy entirely for about 2-3 weeks, incidentally, and this did not make a difference in the breathing sounds he makes.

I once took care of another baby who made these noises and he simply grew out of it after a few months.

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My baby has developed a snotty sounding nose in the last few weeks and I suspect she's inherited my hayfever - the last few weeks have been prime pollen season here. Treatments for babies are pretty much limited to meds which can cause sleepiness so if bubs isn't affected by it (other than some snuffliness and light snoring) I'm not treating it.

But babies do sometimes just sound snuffly without there being any problem and will just grow out of it.
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The dr. did mention reflux but she doesn't spit up much. maybe 1-2 times a day.
she doesn't need to spit up to have reflux.
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I see this post is from a few years ago.  Did you ever figure out what was wrong?  This sounds exactly like what my 5 month old is going through (it started suddenly at about 2.5 weeks of age).  It wasn't very bad the first few months, but in the last month or so, it has gotten noticeably worse.  Thanks!

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