Until four months, babies have the defenses of the mother. However, they can still catch a cold or get sick. Their reasons begin to act from then on, but these are very weak, so it is normal for them to catch a cold easily. Snot in babies is typical, and there is no need to worry if you have a lot, but bloody Snot can be alarming. Do not worry if you find traces of blood in their mucus; it is expected since their blood capillaries are more delicate, and it is normal for them to break from time to time, which is why they have bloody mucus. However, when the appearance of these Snot lasts longer or is exaggerated and is accompanied by other alarming symptoms, it is better to go to the pediatrician. In this FastlyHealarticle, we talk about the bloody Snot in babies: what is it due to?
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Blood in mucus and phlegm: common cold
Babies’ immune systems are not fully developed, like many of their organs, making them more vulnerable to illnesses or colds. You do not have to worry excessively about the baby, overcoat him or not take him out if it is cold in case he gets constipated.
Many viruses can cause a cold in a baby, and you cannot avoid all of them. As children grow up, they put all kinds of things in their mouths because it is their way of experimenting, and in this way, it is normal for a virus to enter their bodies.
The cold in a baby must be treated the same as in an adult with a difference in medication. Follow your pediatrician’s instructions if they have prescribed any snot serum, as babies cannot expel them independently. There are also some snot suction devices that you can use with care.
A cold snot is prevalent, and bloody Snot can appear in the baby. Their capillaries are much thinner than ours and break more easily. It is likely to break when your nose is full of mucus, and some blood will appear in the slime, but it is not alarming.
If the baby has blood in the mucus excessively or continuously, go to the pediatrician to see what solution he can offer you.
Baby, blood in the nose: dryness in the environment
During the fall or winter, it is normal for the baby to catch a lot of colds, and this is due to the dryness in the environment from heating or cold air. In summer, the air conditioning can also dry out your nose and nasal membranes, making it easier for viruses to enter and when the area dries up, the nostrils swell. The lack of nasal moisture causes it to become congested.
This congestion will act on your baby’s nose the same as when he has a cold or sinusitis (inflammation of the sinuses that causes mucus), and the baby will constantly have mucus. When the mucus is excessive, the swollen paranasal passages become congested, leading to blood in your mucus.
Snot with blood in nose and mouth: flu
Unlike the common cold, it is more serious, and in this case, it is advisable to go to the pediatrician immediately. Especially in children less than two years old since they are more prone to complicating the disease. In addition to mucus, the flu includes a fever, a dry cough, or even vomiting. Some of the symptoms are as follows:
- Fever: Not all babies with the flu will have a fever, but it is expected. Sometimes the fever is usually high.
- Chills or body shaking.
- Feeling of fatigue or tiredness: your baby will be exhausted, will sleep a lot, or will not have the usual activity.
- Dry cough .
- Vomiting or diarrhea: although they are not as common symptoms as the rest, they can appear with the flu.
Also, babies will have headaches and general muscle aches, but this will be more difficult to diagnose when babies do not speak. You may be uncomfortable and cry continuously. If you notice any of these symptoms in addition to bloody mucus, see your pediatrician immediately. The flu also causes excessive mucus that can present blood from nasal congestion.
Bronchitis can cause blood in the mucus.
Bronchitis is an infectious viral disease common in nursing babies and young children. It affects the respiratory tract in general but more specifically the bronchi or bronchioles, which is also called bronchiolitis.
Children can suffer from this disease due to the weakness of their immune system since, being a contagious disease, it is easy for it to be spread by sneezing or by coughing to other infected people.
Bronchitis begins like a cold and a blocked nose and later spreads to the airways.
In this case, the blood in the mucus can be due to nasal congestion, but it can also come from an infection of the bronchi. If the child expels mucus with blood in the cough, go urgently to the pediatrician. In addition, you may have very high fevers, a lot of coughing in the chest, or difficulty breathing. If, in addition to this, you have blue or purple lips, it is a symptom of a lack of oxygenation so that the problem would worsen, and it is necessary to go to the emergency room.
Bloody mucus: pneumonia
Pneumonia is a respiratory disease, just like bronchitis. In this case, it is a bacterial infection in most patients that causes lung inflammation. It is not as common as bronchitis, but, like the previous one, it must be treated urgently.
Premature babies are more likely to suffer from it, but they will also have more risks. The symptoms are very similar to those of bronchitis, being these:
- Fever, in some cases higher than 39 ° C.
- The poor general condition of the baby.
- Persistent cough, although not in all cases.
- Fast breathing or shortness of breath
You can be aware of his chest, and you will see that his ribs show when he breathes. They can also make noises when living. It is straightforward to confuse it with bronchi or some cold, so it is advisable to take him to the pediatrician as soon as possible so that in auscultation, he can see if it is possible that it is pneumonia and thus request a chest X-ray.
As in bronchitis, lung inflammation can cause blood in the baby’s mucus, and it does not have to be due to the rupture of capillaries but to the infection. The following article will discuss pneumonia in children: symptoms, causes, and treatment.
Blood in Snot from snot aspirator
Although pediatricians currently recommend serum to expel the baby’s Snot, many devices are used to suck the nose and get all the mucus out. They are not dangerous, but you must use them with care.
The serum is put into a nostril, cleansing your nose and throat and helping to expel mucus. However, what the device does is suck the nose area and attract all the mucus to clean the nose.
When you use this device too often and get some bloody mucus, it may be due either to the fact that you already had it or because you are not using it adequately or very abruptly. Although its procedure is manual, it has a lot of force, and it sucks in its tiny nose, which can break the fine capillaries and cause it to bleed more.
This article is merely informative, at FastlyHeal .com we do not have the power to prescribe medical treatments or make any type of diagnosis. We invite you to see a doctor in the case of presenting any type of condition or discomfort.
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I am a Surgeon with a diploma in comprehensive ultrasound and surgical care residency, an area I am specializing in. During the exercise of my profession, I have realized the need for patients to know the diseases they suffer, and I can tell you that a large part of their complications is due to a lack of information. Being a health web writer allows me to transmit my experience, without borders, to all those readers eager for knowledge, educate them in the prevention of diseases and promote a healthy lifestyle.