Infant Inflamed Nasal Passages- Birth Disorder Symptoms

Obstruction in the Nasal Passages

There are situations where your child’s nasal cavity may be partially or fully blocked. Babies can develop an obstructed nasal passage due to a variety of reasons including; tumors, hematoma, Choanal Atresia, allergies, and Deviated Nasal Septum. Whatever the cause might be, it can lead to several other issues like raspy breathing or breathing problems. Your child might also have a runny nose or breathe from the mouth instead.

Build-up of Amniotic Fluid

In some cases, your child will have a buildup of amniotic fluid that lasts for a few days after birth. This happens because babies live in amniotic fluid for up to nine months prior to being born. During delivery, the amniotic fluid will occasionally get sucked into the nasal passages. This will usually clear up within a week, but you should still have a doctor evaluate your child to determine if something more serious is taking place.

Beware of Cystic Fibrosis

An inflamed nasal passage can also be a sign of a birth injury or disorder.  An inflamed nasal passages can quickly become dangerous, therefore it is important to contact your child’s doctor right away.  If your child suffered from a birth injury, you may be entitled to financial support.  Cystic fibrosis can be a life-threatening condition that requires immediate intervention. When a child has this condition, an inflamed nasal passage can occur, or he or she may also experience a cough, lung infection, or a stuffy nose. Other symptoms that you should not ignore include:

  • Slow growth
  • Foul odors from stool
  • Meconium ileus, which often presents as no bowel movement, enlarged abdomen, and green vomit
  • Poor weight gain

There are a variety of ways that your doctor may treat this condition. In some cases, a child’s body may produce an excess level of mucus. As a result, your doctor will prescribe medication that helps keeps this under control. Talk with your child’s doctor about appropriate climate and diet recommendations for your child.

While inflamed nasal passages are not as serious as cystic fibrosis, it is important to still take this symptom seriously, because it can turn into something more dangerous. Your child should be evaluated by a doctor to determine if there is an underlying reason for inflamed nasal passages. In many cases, it is due to allergies. Nasal congestion is another word that doctors use for a stuffy nose. Contact your doctor as soon as possible if you notice that your child has this issue. It is important to rule out more worrisome health conditions.

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