When to seek medical advice

Seek immediate medical care if your child has nasal congestion accompanied by:

  • A fever in a child younger than 3 months
  • Fever that lasts more than five days in a row
  • Chills or sweating
  • Difficulty breathing
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Greenish or bloody nasal discharge
  • Unusual sleepiness
  • Severe headache
  • Persistent crying
  • Ear pain

Nasal congestion in children

Find possible causes of nasal congestion in children based on specific factors. Check one or more factors on this page that apply to your child's symptom.

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