Childhood Diseases

Posted by: Annie | 2009-09-30


Always sick

Hi there, My Son is 5 and a half, he is always batteling with colds and flu. He is now continously using rinex, either broneze or broncoped and we nebulise quite often with barotec. He seems to get better and then it starts all over again. A month ago he had 3 antibiotics and then a weeks course of cortizone for his chest. He does have down syndrome, do you think we need to see an ENT? Or do you think it could be alergy related. What can we give him to boost his ammune system? Thanks

Expert's Reply



Children with Downs are more likely to develop chest infections, but your son does seem to be having these infections more frequently than expected.His illnesses are not due to allergy. You can try to boost his immunity by giving him a probiotic such as Probiflora daily and also give him Scotts emulsion.The high Vitamin A content of Scotts emulsion will help to boost his immunity.

The information provided does not constitute a diagnosis of your condition. You should consult a medical practitioner or other appropriate health care professional for a physical exmanication, diagnosis and formal advice. Health24 and the expert accept no responsibility or liability for any damage or personal harm you may suffer resulting from making use of this content.

user comments


Posted by: Purple | 2009-10-01

My son used to get a lot of colds and it was suggested to me that I try giving him echinacea. I' m always sceptical of these things but was desperate so gave it a try (I bought the gummy vites with propolis and echinacea - it' s a chewable vitamin that looks like a jelly baby), and although he does still get the occassional cold, it' s not a contstant thing like it used to be.

I gave allecet for post nasal drip, and find I hardly ever have to use it anymore.

We went to ENT after lots of courses of antibiotics for ear infections that followed on from colds. We tried cortisone and it cleared his one ear but not the other. Not everyone likes the idea of grommets, but they have been like little miracles for us,a nd the 5 minute op saves a lot of pain from constant ear infections.

My son is also 5.

Reply to Purple

Want to comment?

Thanks for commenting! Your comment will appear on the site shortly.
Thanks for commenting! Your comment will appear on the site shortly.