Neonatal rhinitis (2117)

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What is neonatal rhinitis?

Neonatal rhinitis is swelling of the tissue in the nose.  It is most often seen in newborns. It happens when hormones from the mother are passed to the baby at birth.  

What are the symptoms?

Your baby may have noisy breathing, may snort or have nasal congestion.  If the congestion is severe it may be hard for your baby to feed. 

How is it diagnosed?

Your baby’s symptoms will be reviewed.  A procedure called a flexible laryngoscopy may be done.   This lets the doctor look inside of the nose. 

How is it treated?

nose clean


Call your baby’s doctor, nurse, or clinic if you have any questions or concerns or if your baby has special health care needs that were not covered by this information.