Childhood Diseases

Question
Posted by: Edie | 2012-11-21

Q.

Hip hip Hooray?

Dear Prof

I hope you are well. I would just like to start off with saying thank you very much for all your feedback and guidance with regards to my kids'' health. There have been so many times that I was unsure about things and with your feedback etc I just felt in a bit more control over making decisions with regards to their health and wellbeing. So, again, Thank you.

Then, two things. We''ve taken my 3 yr old out of school early Oct. We would have taken him out mid November to prepare for the cillia test in January, but due to him being very ill at the time, I just took him out then. Now, it has been almost 4 weeks of an absolutely healthy boy. (touch wood). His nose is not running, he hasn''t coughed even once. WOW, this has been the longest ever he has been 100% healthy. So, was it then just the school? We did take him out 2 years ago, also for a couple of months but then he def didn''t do so well. Obv we''ll finish the testing process, but could I maybe start feeling some relief or is this still to early to tell?

Also, by younger son apparently hit his chin on the table on Monday. It is completely black, not even blue. Is this just a really nasty bruise or should I have it checked out?

Thanks again

Expert's Reply

A.

Paediatrician

Thank you for your kind remarks.You are very welcome. The most common cause of preschool children getting repeated and frequent respiratory infections is being repeatedly infected by other children while attending a creche or preschool.It seems that this is the cause of your son's problem. It may not be necessary to still do the cilia tests if he is so well now. It would be best to discuss this with the pulmonologist.
It is unusual that your younger son has developed such a bad bruise of his chin after what can be regarded as a not very severe bump to his chin. If he is tender on touching his jaw or if he cannot chew properly it would be best to have him seen.

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