... him to the doctor who prescribed Albuterol with a nebulizer. I was under the impression that Albuterol was used for bronchodilation and not for a nasal decongestant.
That's what I thought too. Is it possible the dr heard some wheezing when he listened to the baby? I went looking to see if there was another indication, and all I found was this:
Safety and effectiveness in children below 6 years of age have not been established.
Makes one wonder doesn't it? Was this dr a pediatrician?
Yes, albuterol is used for bronchodilation. My guess is that the baby had some wheezing. Is the baby breast fed or bottle fed? The reason I ask is that my son was very congested, very young, like your niece and it was found that he was sensitive to cows milk in the supplemental formula he got. I tried to breast feed as much as I could but once I went back to work full time he needed formula to supplement. His little nose was so snotty until we made the switch to soy milk. Just a thought. My son has always had trouble with nasal allergies and allergens are really bad across country right now. Do nasal allergies run in your family or the babies fathers family? It could be allergies. I dont think a little nebulizer albuterol will hurt her. I dont think it will do much for a snotty nose but if she has any wheezing it will help open her up.
It is used quite often for babies with asthma and you'll see it on occasion for bronchitis or bad colds in little ones. Is she coughing at all? Another thing to help with nasal congestion is a little saline spray in their little nose and suction it back out with a bulb syringe. It works but it really makes them angry! lol It will help open her little nose up and if it is allergies it will help reduce allergens in the nasal passages. Another thing to consider is if there is a dog or cat in the house? Once she is a little older, if she still has problems, they can have her allergy tested. Hope she feels better soon! Not being able to breathe is miserable for those little ones!!
In my experience as a respiratory therapist the best thing for a baby with a stuffy nose is baby nose drops and a bulb suction. Make sure the baby's nose is kept clear. They do not like this so make sure you have help holding the baby. The albuterol won't hurt and the moisture may help loosen nasal secretions.
- Albuterol Information for Consumers
- Albuterol Information for Healthcare Professionals (includes dosage details)
- Side Effects of Albuterol (detailed)
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