Childhood Diseases

Posted by: Alison | 2011-07-19


Cough and Wheezy chest

I wonder if you can help me. My 7 month son has had a cough and wheezy chest since March this year. I''ve been to 4 different doctors. 2 have said he has asthma. As I am asthmatic myself. When I took him to the paediatrician in May he told me that he broncoloties (sp) I was given cortizone nebs for him. This has not worked at all. Other than the wheezy chest and cough. Which differes from day to day. Some days he does''nt wheeze. He is a happy and healthy8.6 kg baby who loves his food, milk and tea. He did have a blood test done 2 months ago for milk allergy and pets and this all came back negative. He is teething at the moment and has
3 teeth with another 2 coming through soon. Cough meds and antibiotics are not clearing up his chest. He does not have a cold at all. Just a wet chesty cough and a wheezy chest.

Expert's Reply



Your baby son falls into the group of young children who have recurrent wheezing. There are many causes for wheezing at his age and it is very difficult to decide whether your baby has asthma at this stage or not. The other very common cause is 'recurrent viral wheezing'. It is particularly difficult to distinguish betwween recurrent viral wheezing and asthma in a baby of 7 months.His symptoms are not due to teething. With your history of asthma it is very likely that your baby does have asthma.What is needed is firstly that he is seen by a paediatrician with experience in respiratory illnesses in children.For this reason your baby son should be seen by a paediatric pulmonologist. Once he has been seen by the pulmonologist you will be given the most likely diagnosis for your baby's wheezing problem and he will be placed on the correct treatment [which is definitely not antibiotics or cough mixtures].

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Posted by: Alison | 2011-07-25

Thank you for your response.

Tks CPT !

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Posted by: CPT | 2011-07-20

also ask them to test for cystic fibrosis and rather rule that out too. Had a friend who daughter was diagnosed after doctors insisted it could not be that but she insisted and it turned out to be CF

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