Childhood Diseases

Posted by: Liz | 2011-04-14



Good Day Doctor, my son will 1 in two weeks time. When he was 2 weeks old, he was diagnosed with bronchilolits and since then it has been a nightmare. His chest just never clears. he has constant wheezing, alot of mucous sitting in his chest, you can actually feel it move when he breathes. He has been in hospital once but has been to the doctors almost every second week since he was born. He has been on just about everything. Ventolin, astovent, berotech, preflam, singulair, you name it. He has never had a fever, it is always just this chest. He was put on Flixotide inhaler and Asthavent a while ago but I was told by another doctor that he is to young to be using this. Please can you shed some light on this?? Will these medications help for Asthma as well Bronchitis and Bronchiolitis??

The last time his chest started was in Feb and we are now in April and I think we had one week of no coughing or wheezing. I do feel it might be more ashma related. I have noticed that if he runs or walks fast in his walker he starts coughing bad.

He is drinking Parmalat lactose free but i have put him on soy and coats milk yoghurt to try. How much of a difference will dairy actually make??

I appreciate your feed back.
Regards from a desperate mommy and very sickly baby.

Expert's Reply



The main point with regard to your baby is that despite all the problems you have had with his chest illness, you still do not know what the diagnosis is. He cannot have ongoing bronchhiolitis. Having a lot of mucous on his chest is unlike asthma and he does not respond to arsthma medicines at all well.I do agree thathis coughing with exercise is usually found in children with asthma.Taking your baby son off dairy will only make adifference if he is actually allergic to cow's milk.What is needed here is a clear diagnosis of your son's illness. There are many causes of wheezing and coughing in babies other than asthma. It is really necessary for your baby to be seen by a paediatric pulmonologist. There are experts in all the main centres in SA.

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Posted by: Maajidah | 2011-04-28

Hi doctor

I have this terrible cough and was told to use linctopent syrup because i am still breasfeeding and i used antibiotics austell amoxicil and its not working started using preflam cause my chest is weezy and the colour of the plyghm is green,and it seems to be very thick especially in the moning,what can i use

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Posted by: Mom | 2011-04-18

I agree with the Paed take him to the pulmonoligist they will put your mind at ease. there is one at the clinton hospital in Alberton (if you are in the joburg area) he is brilliant and another in the linksfield clinic (that i have heard of).
Good luck

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