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Newborn and Infant Care

Sand inhalation?

08/20/2008

Question:

Hello - my daughter was on the beach today and I noticed her to eat some sand...she is 10 months old...I have noticed her to cotinously cough tonight...and appears to sound nasal like when you have a chest cold...do you think that is due to the sand and should I be concerned?

Answer:

It is unlikely to be due to the sand; most likely the cause is a cold. Toddlers get their hands and then mouths on everything! If her fever exceeds 102.5 degrees F, she refuses fluids and doesn't urinate in a 6-8 hours period, or is inconsolable, it would be wise to contact your pediatric health care professional.

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Response by:

Sarah Sauntry, RN, MS, CPNP-PC
Assistant Professor of Clinical Nursing
College of Nursing
University of Cincinnati