Childhood Diseases

Question
Posted by: dei | 2012-04-02

Q.

5mth old with pneumonia not getting better

hi there
i dont know what more to do, on the 19th march we took my 5 month old son to the paediatrician / gp and she diagnosed him with bronchilitis she gave him nasal spray and sinumed to take, he was not getting better so i took him back and then she said he had got bronchitis and gotten worse, so she gave me antibiotics, i gave it to him, he did not improve at all, i took him back again to be put on a nebulizer as he was battling to breathe and his chest was really bad she sent me to have an x-ray done, she showed me the x-ray and said it just got worse, then gave him more singulair. when i got home she phoned me and told me the radiologist report picked up the start of pneumonia, so put him on more antibiotics, zithromax, this weekend he is still not well, his chest still sounds bad and nose running. plus he is teething on top of it. please tell me what else to do? he is smiling and cheerful just battling at night mainly plus not hardly eating nor keeping his meds down. please help.
thank you

Expert's Reply

A.

Paediatrician

This sounds like an RS virus infection. Your baby started off with bronchiolitis and then developed a virus pneumonia. As you know antibiotics do not help for virus infections and that is why your baby is still ill. Use Salex nose drops twice daily in his nose. Nebulise him at home with Combivent twice daily. Continue with the Singulair once at night.It will take a few days for him to get better.

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