Childhood Diseases

Question
Posted by: sambinoct | 2008/06/19

Q.

chest issues

Since my daughter, now 8 months started creche at 4 months she is sick every 2 weeks and on antibiotics almost every month. there are 2 reoccurring issues. Firstly her tummy gets runny and she will poo with every bottle, it lasts for about 2 weeks and then returns to normal but it happens alot. Secondly she gets chest infections all the time. Only had 1 ear infection but mostly chest. On the tummy issue we had stool samples tested and nothing came up in the tests. The chest, 1 time she ad a bad wheeze and we had to use a nebulizer for a week 4 times a day. SInce that time she has not been wheezing again but has a lot of phlem. She also coughs a lot, this is when she's ill. But seriously she is onyl better for 1 week at a time. Currently she has blocked nose, phlemmy chest and runny tummy as well as fever. I am seriously at the pead. every week and now I have all the meds and am just treating it myself for this week to see how it goes. It is so stressful. What else can I do and why is this coming back all the time? Tummy and chest? All the old people say teething, but I don't agree. She does not sleep because she is always sick and when she's healthy she still wakes up alot because she's so used to being woken up by coughing or blocked nose or pooing in the middle of the night. I am tired! Please advise.
thanx

Expert's Reply

A.

Paediatrician

This has nothing to do with teething, but everything to do with your baby being at a creche. She is getting the clssical illnesses associated with the so-called 'creche syndrome'. She is picking up one infection after another which usually happens because one or other of the other children will always be ill and will pass on that illness to the other children. The best advice is to take her out of the creche if at all possible and keep her at home to be looked after by a caring person or perhaps one of her grannies.

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