Paediatrician Dr Su Laurent talks about why babies get colds and blocked noses.
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Emma Howard: Hello, I’m Emma Howard and I am joined by Dr. Su Laurent, who is a consultant pediatrician at Barnet Hospital in Hertfordshire. Hello Su. Dr. Su Laurent: Hello Emma. Emma Howard: I have got a question from a mom with a young baby. She says my baby is always snuffly, has she got a cold and what can I do about it? Dr. Su Laurent: This is a really common question. I am being asked this all the time particularly by first-time mothers I would say and the first thing to say is that new babies have tiny little nostrils and so and they have to breathe through their noses, they cant breathe or they don’t workout how to breathe through the mouth for long time. So, very often a newborn baby a perfectly normal newborn baby will sound snuffly, because little bit of secretion in the nostril and they will sound very snuffly and what you need to watch is my baby, is the breathing pattern alright in other words but they are breathing fine but just sounding noisy. Emma Howard: That’s interesting. Dr. Su Laurent: Or they are struggling to breathe and I feel babies struggling to breathe and really working at it then you can go along to your chemist and try some saline nose drops because a little bit of saline, which is just salt water, will help to clear out the secretions in the nose, and will often help the baby just sneeze a little bit, clear out the nose and then they will breathe much more easily. Emma Howard: So it is a pattern you are listening for. Dr. Su Laurent: Yes it’s always struggling, its are they really working, can you see that chest going in and out and really making a little bit effort or are they actually just noisy breathers but actually quite comfortable with it. Emma Howard: And then of course children do catch cold, some babies seem to have cold for long time in their first year and others don’t, is there something to really worry about? Dr. Su Laurent: How do you well, that’s a very good question and if they just got little bit of cold and a bit more snuffly than usual then little bit of a temperature but they are seeing well with little bit of cough within well themselves, you can just use things like proprietic and the things you are going to buy in the chemist, ibuprofen or paracetamol. Emma Howard: All for children. Dr. Su Laurent: All for children, just preparations and make sure they settle down. If they have got a high temperature you do need to go and see your doctor particularly in the babies under six months old. Emma Howard: Yes, temperature is a big key, a warning sign. Dr. Su Laurent: Yes, it’s a warning sign or if they just not feeling properly if they are drowsy or they are just not alright and they just don’t similar then you need to go and see your doctor. Emma Howard: Good advice Su, thank you very much for that. If you have a similar problem we hope we might have given you some help but remember it’s always best to go and see your own doctor for medical advice. Thanks for watching, we will be back with more health questions and answers.

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