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8 Month old constantly rubbing nose
lhayes2897 posted:
Dr. Moser,

I have an 8 month old baby girl. She was born with no defects, no issues, has not even been sick (other then just the typical runny nose). Has had no fevers or any reason to take to the doctor. However since about 4 months old she has been rubbing her nose. Not like it is in pain but more like it itches or bothers her. I though maybe it was teething since the sinus nerves run in the lower jaw line. Is there really any other reason that she might be doing so? Should I be concerned? She is teething, but not sick and no fevers or anything else. I have an appointment with an ENT for myself should I get her in to see one too?

Thank you,

Rod_Moser_PA_PhD responded:
Linda, nose-rubbing is really a non-specific sign in an 8 month old. It ode not necessarily mean there is something wrong, especially since she does not have other issues. She has a nine-month well child exam coming up, so just bring it up to her pediatrician. I don't think the ENT will be that concerned at this point. Of course, allergic rhinitis needs to be in the back of your mind. See what her doctor has to say after she is examined....
lhayes2897 responded:
Thank you so much Dr. Moser. While I was at the ENT (you can read my update on my other dicussion) I asked him about it and he said it could be allergies. I forgot to mention that my family (with the exception of me) has high allergies. My mother and younger sister are allergic to almost everything and had to get shots ever week until a certian age. So he said we could try some Singulair and in 3 weeks if the nose rubbing stops then it was allergies and if not then at least we will know its not allergies. Thank you so much for your help!
Rod_Moser_PA_PhD responded:
Allergies are definitely a legacy that we often get from our parents, so let me know how that Singulair works for him.

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