Childhood Diseases

Posted by: Jojo | 2009-05-18



Hi Doc, my son of 19 months constantly has chesty problems - coughs etc. Was in hospital in Nov for broncho pneumonia. He' s just had a cold again and near to bronchitis yet again but doctor just gave me meds to use in the nebuliser. I have now been given a nebuliser and not sure when it' s necessary to use it. Last time he had a dry hoarse cough which broke and loosened up. Now he' s all snotty and coughing again, but eating well and not miserable.
My question is: When is it necessary to use the nebuliser and with what meds. Can you get them from the chemist without a prescription? I just don' t want a repeat of bronchitis and pneumonia again so will work hard to keep him healthy.
Thank youfor your assistance.

Expert's Reply



It is difficult for me to answer your question because I do not have a diagnosis of your son's chest problem. It sounds as if he has croup but I cannot be sure without being able to examine him.What you need to do is to ask the doctor who saw your son what the diagnosis is. Ask if he has croup or does he have asthma. Depending on the answer I will be able to advise you further. In the meantime keep his nose clear by using Salex nose drops twice a day and nebulise him using Duolin nebs twice a day. Speak to your pharmacist about the medicine for the nebuliser [ the Duolin]

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Posted by: Anonymous | 2009-05-18

Hi there
Yes, you can buy the nebuliser at a pharmacy - I did and I have never regretted it. Our physiotherapist advised us to do so.
We use the nebuliser just with normal saline (from a drip) every four hours when my babies have a cough or stuffed noses/ sinuses.
Sometimes our doc precribes meds to use in the nebuliser, but you need a prescription for it.
Sinutab now also has a product on the market that you plug in like those anti mosquito things. It is completely natural and fills the room with a nice vapour (eucalyptus and menthol).Our peaditrician warned us about meds like rinex, coryx etc.

Good luck!!!

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