Childhood Diseases

Question
Posted by: ZAY | 2009/05/22

Q.

13 MONTH OLD BABY BOY

DEAR PROF
PLEASE ADVISE ME MY SON SOUNDS LIKE HE IS COMING DOWN WITH SOMETHING HIS VOICE SOUNDS VERY FAINT WHEN HE CRYS OR SCREAMS AND NOSE SOUNDS BLOCKED
I HAVE RUB VAPOUR EASE BY BENNETS ON HIS CHEST AND GAVE HIM SALEX NOSE DROPS I ALSO PUT SOME KARVOL ON HIS PILLOW
WHAT CAN IT BE AND WHAT SHOULD I GIVE HIM? TO AVOID HIM GETTING WORSE

Expert's Reply

A.

Paediatrician

Your baby has a viral infection causing a cold and also some croup [an infection of his voice box or larynx] You are doing the correct things to help him over this illness. It is essential to keep his nose clear with the Salex drops.If he becomes distressed or has any breathing difficulty please take him to see a doctor even if you must take him to an emergency facility.

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