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SYMPTOM: RUNNY NOSE AND SNEEZING
What is a baby runny nose?
Runny nose can be identified as streaming mucous from a baby’s nostrils. A baby’s immune system is immature, which makes them more vulnerable to illness. For some babies, it may seem like they have a constant runny nose, however this may likely be the result of a baby having back-to-back cold virus infections.
What causes a baby to have a runny nose and sneezing?
Sneezing is a natural reflex mechanism used to clear airborne substances and congestion from the respiratory and nasal passages. It is very common in babies and not usually something to cause concern.
Possible causes of a baby runny nose may include:
- A food allergy, e.g. Cows’ Milk Allergy (CMA)
- Having an illness of the upper airways such as a cold virus
- Inhaling dry air or irritants, such as cigarette smoke and dust
Could it be Cows' Milk Allergy?
Baby runny nose and sneezing are common symptoms for babies with CMA. Babies with CMA usually experience more than just one symptom and these symptoms can be very different from one another.
If you think that your baby has a runny nose or is sneezing, it may be CMA. You may have even noticed other symptoms (besides runny nose and sneezing), which may affect other parts of your baby’s body.
This will allow you to select all the symptoms that your baby may have that may be cows’ milk-related. You can then discuss these with your doctor.
In any case, if you have any doubts or concerns about your baby’s health, you should always seek advice from a medical professional as soon as possible. The information on this website should not replace medical advice from a medical professional.
Cows’ milk allergy (CMA) is a common food allergy in baby’s and young children but it is often challenging to diagnose and may take many months and doctors appointments. If you suspect that your baby might have cows’ milk allergy, you can use SmilesBack to help shorten the journey to diagnosis and help put smiles back where they belong.
SmilesBack is an easy-to-use app that has been developed with allergy experts and tested by parents. It enables you to easily record your baby’s symptoms and feeds and summarise them in a one-page, expert-designed report, to support your doctor before they make a diagnosis.