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When should I see a doctor for my child’s stuffy nose?

Answered by Dr Ellie Cannon
8th September 2015
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A blocked nose usually clears up on it’s own after a few days and doesn’t require medical attention.

If your child has something lodged in their nose, take them to a doctor or A&E right away. Don’t try to remove the object yourself.

Other reasons to see a doctor for a blocked nose:

  • With children, if the cold/stuffy nose lasts more than 10 days
  • With babies, if the cold is getting worse instead of better after five days
  • Your baby is less than three months old and has a temperature over 38°C
  • Your child is three to six months old and has a temperature over 39°C
  • They’re rubbing their ear or say their ear hurts
  • They seem unusually tired and lacking in energy

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