Babies & Children
We suffer from nasal congestion whenever our blood vessels and tissues in the nasal cavity are filled with too much fluid.
While it is usually an annoying situation for older children and adults, in the case of infants, nasal congestion can be serious because it may disrupt their feeding. It is also very annoying for the sleep of younger children.
Viral and, less commonly, bacterial infections of upper respiratory tract (URTI) and allergies are usual causes of nasal obstruction and runny nose in infants and children. Sometimes a congested and runny nose can be caused by irritants such as tobacco smoke and car exhausts, resulting to what is called non-allergic rhinitis or vasomotor rhinitis. Whenever children or infants have nasal congestion that is accompanied by fever, thick, yellow mucus, severe cough or ear pain, the situation might be more serious and you should immediately contact a doctor.