Childhood Diseases

Question
Posted by: mom of boy | 2010-10-14

Q.

constant infection, fever?

Dr my 7 yr old son had a bad viral infection 1 month ago (Pead did all the blood tests, WBC count was 2, rest of results fine)...He had a fever above 39 degrees for 10 days! We just couldn''t keep it down with any combination of meds (voltaren 25mg with stopayne, ect) , he was also on clacid(bronchitis) plus ALL the other meds for asthma and allergies. Then the dr gave him Tammyflu, his fever came down within 12 hours and he got much better.(Didn''t test him for swine flu, because of all the previous tests, but said symptoms sounds as if it could be swine flu).
Last night he just woke up with fever above 39 degrees again! Has stomach ache and URI, no coughing...Dr prescribed Orolox and tested for swine flu...no bloodtests this time.
What''s going on with my son that he keeps on being sick?! He is so weak and sleepy...although he was very fine for the month in between, even picked up 2 kg!
Is this normal?!
I know his iron is to low, but he was to sick to start proper treatment for that.....

Expert's Reply

A.

Paediatrician

You have asked a very important question. The real question that needs answering is whether your son's immune system is normal or not. His WBC seems rather low and while this may be due to a viral infection it would be worthwhile testing his white blood cell function and his immunoglobulin levels. It is unusual for a boy of 7 years old to get such severe and frequent illnesses.It is possible that he did have Swine flu and after this illness his immunity is low.In the meantime he should start on an iron supplement and he should be on a probiotic such as Probiflora for 1 month to boost his immunnity. It would also be worthwhile giving him Scotts emulsion which is effective in reducing viral infections due to its high vitamin A content.

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