My nearly 15 month old son began sneezing yesterday and coughing sporadically. This morning he woke up with a runny nose.

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My nearly 15 month old son began sneezing yesterday and coughing (a dry cough) sporadically. This morning he woke up with a runny nose. He is not feverish, has a good appetite and is otherwise in good spirits. However, the difficulties of breathing through his nose are making it hard for him to fall asleep and then stay asleep during nap time. I assume this evening will be more of the same. Is there an over the counter medicine that you would recommend to ease his symptoms? This is the first time he’s been poorly since birth and I notice that all the medicines I have in the house for his older brother don’t give a dosage amount for children under 2. Thank you.

As your child age is quite young, we would recommend you go to see the doctor which as this age when they get cold the symptoms might difference from the older one, so better to be evaluated by doctor. For the difficulties of breathing, you can use the NSS 0.9 % (Normal Saline Solution) to clean nasal discharge and try to improve nasal congestion which you can find the NSS in every pharmacy store.

Women’s Health Center
Samitivej Hospital

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