Childhood Diseases

Question
Posted by: Hmom | 2011-03-11

Q.

help

Hello Prof.
I am at my wits end. I try and do all to keep my 2 year old daughter from getting viruses but this time of year (March to May) i seem to fight a losing batle. She got a cold around Wed and by Fri evening she was coughing terribly and very phlemmy. Saterday morning I took her to the GP and he said she has " bronchial pneumonia" . He said to test for whether viral or bacterial will take too long so he gave her Augmentin and put her back on the Seretide pump (had been off for a month). I have kept her out of creche for the week and she is still coughing a bit but more morning and evening..still a bit phlemmy. As you know as soon as she gets a runny nose it goes to her chest. I spoke to our pharmacist about trying to stop it from dripping to the chest and he suggested that i keep Demizin and ACC200 at home and the first sign of a cold i should give it to her. The one will dry the nose and the other (ACC200) will thin the mucous as it has mucolytic properties.
1. What do you think of the Demizin and ACC200 combo? The saline works at keeping her nose clear but only for a while and Illiadin makes everything dry that her cough sounds like a bark.
2. Besides probiotic every ten days of the month and Creche Guard or Scots emulsion is there anything else i can do to keep her healthy? She cant even get a small cold without it turning into a major chest catastrophy...
3. with broncial pneumonia shouldnt she have had a temp at least? She was eating, drinking, had no temp but was coughing terribly with an abundance of mucous..
4. Does this pneumonia cause any permanent damage? She has already had RSV,,

Expert's Reply

A.

Paediatrician

Your little girl is struggling with the problems known as the 'creche syndrome'. She should be taken out of the creche for the sake of her health and to get her off all these medicines and antibiotics. Scotts emulsion plus a probiotic combined is a good immune booster. Recurrent pneumonia in a young child has the potential to cause damage to the lungs. I prefer not to give any medicine containing phenylephrine or pseudoephedrine to young children.

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