Childhood Diseases

Question
Posted by: HMom | 2011-01-13

Q.

2 year old

Hi Prof. and complements of the season to you and your family.

I have a few questions.
1. My daughter who is 2 has since shehad Chicken pox on 5 November has had a bit of phlegm on chest and a cough in the morning which i presume is because of the phlegm lying there. She is a viral wheezer and a " happy"  on as her paed says as she never gets temps etc just phlegm on chest a cough. I took her to GP andhe gave her Flemeze x 2ce a day and Prelone 2ce day (5ml) for 10 days. I must admit I wasnt comfy with either medicine and so i never gave it to her. I give her Saline spray in nose x 2ce day, pumabalm on chest 2ce day and she uses her Seretide pump (since April). It seems to have got a little better but she started creche on Monday and came home her voice seemed a little hoarse and the coupgh slightly dryer - what would cause this?
2. She sweats terribly on the top of her head when she is hot and has been like that since a baby - is this normal?
3. Being a child with a bit of a phlegmy chest do you think it is ok for us to put the aircon on in the house when it is hot? I turn the flap down so it doesnt blow out but down but does cool the room. There is only one in the loung and when we had the heat wave i let her have her afternoon nap ther eto keep her cool. I am just afraid it is bad for her chest.
4. What causes the phlegm on the chest?
Thanks a million for all your assistance and help - you are such a help to all of us.

Expert's Reply

A.

Paediatrician

Thank you,you are very welcome.Children can get quite severe chest infections with chicken pox which take a long time to clear up.Six weeks or longer is the usual time it takes. Your daughter is subject to recurrent viral wheezing so it is no surprise that she developed this chest infection when she had chicken pox.She is on the correct medicine especially the Seretide. You are keeping her nose clear so that is also very good. Also you can use the Flemeze which will help her to cough up excess mucous in the airways of her lungs.The mucous is still there as the result of the infection she had with the chicken pox.
Her sweating is entirely normal at her age, so do not be concerned. You can certainly use your aircon as long as it does not make the air too cold in the room and check the filter from time to time.

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