Childhood Diseases

Question
Posted by: RP | 2009-04-21

Q.

Advice Needed

Hi

My son who is 13 months now. He has had bronchiolitis seven times already.It usually starts off with a runny nose followed by a cough and wheezing of the chest. I have taken him to his paed everytime that he had gotten sick. Each time he was given singulair sprinkles, and nebulized with atrovent and berotec and used prelone on two occasions. He also had to take an antibiotic on two occasions as he had developed a severe throat infection. I have also given him Reuteri drops whenever he has gotten ill. On each occasion he gets better after about 2 weeks and than a month later he seems to be getting sick again.

He does not go to creche as he is looked after by his granny during the day. Whenever he gets sick he still eats very well but tends to drink less milk. He was on Nan1 followed by Nan2. I am going to start him on Parmalat first growth milk from this month.

My question to you is, are these episodes of bronchiolitis viral related or could this be asthma? Also in your opinion what further action should I take.

Expert's Reply

A.

Paediatrician

It is very likely that your son's wheezing episodes are caused by a virus. However he does not attend a creche and you are boosting his immunity so the chance of him having recurrent viral wheezing is becoming less likely as a diagnosis.Asthma is a strong possibility here. I suggest that you take your son to see a paediatric pulmonologist as he is really having a difficult time and you need a proper diagnosis of his illness.

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