Childhood Diseases

Question
Posted by: MERUSKA | 2008/08/08

Q.

4 year old daughter and antibiotics

MY DAUGHTER IS NOW 4 YEARS OLD SHE WAS BORN PREM AT 28 WEEKS. SHE HAD THE RS VIRUS, AS WELL AS THE MRSA BACTERIA. FROM END OF JANUARY THIS YEAR SHE STARTS WITH A RUNNING NOSE, THE IT TURNS IN TO PNEUMONIA OR BRONGHITUS, SHE IS SINCE THEN ON ANTIBIOTICS WITH A WEEK INBETWEEN COURSES, SHE HAS BEEN TO 4 DIFFERENT PEADETRICIANS, BUT NO ONE COULD SORT IT OUT, SHE WAS TESTED FOR ALLERGIES, WE WAS TOLD TO AVOID DAIRY, APART FROM THAT EVERY THING IS NORMAL. WHAT CAN WE DO. ITS NOT GETTING ANY BETTER IS THERE ANY OTHER DR THAT WE CAN CONSULT

Expert's Reply

A.

Paediatrician

Your baby appears to have a problem related to her immunity or resistance to infections. She needs to have her immunoglobulin levels checked to see if these are normal. These include IgA, IgM, IgG and IgG subclasses. A full blood count to assess the white cell count is also recommended.HIV status must be checked as well. Ideally your baby needs to be seen by a paediatric immunologist. These experts usually work at the major academic hospitals in the large cities in SA eg the Red Cross Children's Hospital in Cape Town.

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