| | 5 month old with severe nasal congestion
He has had a terrible runny nose for over a week now. We were all sick with a cold about a week ago, so I'm sure that's what it is. But this is the awfulest thing. He has this super thick yellowish and clear snot, and his head is so congested he's breathing through his mouth and having trouble eating because he can't breathe while sucking! He rattles in his sleep and has been snoring something awful.
I suction him with the bulb 3-4 times a day (which really pisses him off), have been using a humidifier, got some prescription decongestant meds from the doc (which I can't give him before bed because it has pseudoephedrine in it and it wires him up where he can't sleep, so he still has trouble sleeping because he can't breathe), using saline drops, and nothing seems to really be helping at all except for the meds which help for a very short time, like 2-3 hours. The thing that worries me is that lately he's had a little bit of bloody mucous. Could that just be from irritation of his nasal passages?
Is there anything else I can do? We've both been miserable and snot covered for a week. When should a cold run its course in a little one, and when should I take him to the doctor? I know their immune systems have to build up.
Any advice would be greatly appreciated. I feel bad cause I have to make him scream several times a day while holding him down to use the bulb thingie, and it sounds like I'm sucking his brains out. I'm afraid he's going to hate me for it.
DS born 07/05/2003
DD born 3/24/2005