Tuesday, March 28, 2006

Snot...nose poo...boogers...

My anti-hayfever nasal spray ran out a couple of weeks ago; I've been using the spray just about every day for two or three years now (and before that, just in Spring) but this time I decided to try going cold turkey.

After the first big headache, it seemed that either being a mum had cured me of hayfever (it certainly seems to have helped my complexion - or is it that I just don't notice the zits and scaly bits any more?). Then, at the weekend, I started sneezing and sniffling constantly; my head was all congested and I remembered how it used to be if I spent all day sitting in long grass without any (antihistamine) protection.

But now I've noticed that Baby has a snotty nose too. I can hear it move up and down her nostrils when she's feeding, and I worry that if its consistency gets any thicker she'll suffocate in her own nose poo (which is what the Cantonese for bogeys, at least in my mum's dialect, translates to).

Omigod...have I unknowingly caught a cold and inadvertantly passed it on to my itty bitty baby? Or is she displaying early onset hayfever?

10 comments:

EB said...

Gee, that's a good question. Do you think you'll go back to the anti-hayfever stuff to find out?

BTW is there a pooey term in Cantonese for crusty eye secretions?

Juliabohemian said...

she could have allergies. My older one does. She has had a cough that sounds like a 75 year old smoker, since she was born. The doctor said it is caused by allergies. It sounds awful, but it is never associated with any other symptoms. Your daughter might just be one of those people whose sinuses are really sensitive. (like mom?)

boudica of suburbia said...

I don't know if she's old enough to start on 'real food' but local honeys meant to help. And a bit of olbas/ eucalytus oil on a piece of cloth during the night might do the trick. My mum used to put olbas oil in the bath, worked wonders with the steam.

Violet said...

eb: I definitely will, if only to get my own sinuses back to normality.

I would say the term is eye poo :-)

juliabohemian: That's a real possibility, though I'd hoped that she was going to be free of those irritating allergies - her skin is great, unlike mine.

boudica: honey is a no-no until she's at least 12 months. But I will try getting some Vicks vapour stuff to put into the steam vaporiser I've started turning on in her room.

Jon said...

Yeah, Cantonese people call 'sleep' or eye crusties 'eye shit'. At least that's what my friend from Hong Kong says.

As for Baby's runny nose, it's probably not a big deal, but if you are really concerend about it, take her to the doctor. Peace of mind is a good thing

Juliabohemian said...

Oh, you also might consider getting an air purifier for her room (and yours) they make them pretty reasonably priced these days.

Violet said...

jon: I'll wait a few days and see what happens. It isn't making her miserable - compared to how teething's been affecting her.

juliabohemian: We may need to build a bigger room for the extra equipment!

Violet said...

jon again: Cantonese certainly doesn't come across as poetic, does it?

Avery's mom said...

"nose poo" I've got to start using that term more often. its so discriptive
hope you get to feeling better and the little one also

Violet said...

avery's mom: thanks. As you'll see in the next post, it really is a cold after all.