Infant Inflamed Nasal Passages

Although inflamed nasal passages are typically nothing more than the common cold or allergies, it’s important to rule out any underlying medical issues. Infants with inflamed nasal passages, in most instances, will go on to heal and breathe normally. However, it’s also a good idea to understand why this type of medical condition happens and symptoms of more severe complications to look out for.

Cystic Fibrosis

Cystic fibrosis is a genetic disorder marked by infections in the liver, lungs, intestines, and sinuses. Cystic fibrosis is life-threatening and infants who develop it require immediate treatment. Along with inflamed nasal passages, infants may experience wheezing, a chronic cough, a stuffy nose, and lung infections. Other symptoms include foul-smelling stools, constipation, slow growth, poor weight gain, and meconium ileas.

Medical treatment for cystic fibrosis usually involves antibiotics.  While the body may produce extra or abnormal levels of mucus once the child has been diagnosed with cystic fibrosis, physicians prescribe antibiotics so that the mucus is manageable.

Other methods of treatment include chest physical therapy, exercise, and other nutritional approaches. Scientists and doctors surmise that these patients may always have low-grade lung problems, and often the patients are recommended to live in arid climates as opposed to wet, damp climates where pneumonia and tuberculosis are a more prevalent (if still uncommon) danger.

Nasal Obstruction

Nasal obstruction occurs when the nasal cavity is partially or completely blocked. There are a variety of reasons babies develop nasal obstruction, including:

  • Hematoma
  • Deviated Nasal Septum
  • Tumors
  • Allergies
  • Choanal Atresia

Depending upon the reason for nasal obstructions, symptoms can include inflamed nasal passages, breathing problems, raspy breathing from the nose, a runny nose, and breathing mostly from the mouth.

Amniotic Fluid

Many newborns have stuffy, inflamed nasal passages for a few days after birth. Since they’re basically living in amniotic fluid for several months before birth, the fluid can get into the nasal passage during delivery. This most often will clear up within less than a week.