Childhood Diseases

Posted by: Cuca | 2012-08-06


Never ending illnesses

My 13 yr old became ill with flu just over a month ago. He was ill for 2 weeks, which in itself it unusual as he has not been ill for the past 5 years. He recovered and was fine for about 2 days, then he started coughing again. Off to the dr again who advised that he had now picked up viral brochitis. As it was viral no antibiotics required, it took about a week and he seemed better........ for 2 days. During this time of the bronchitis he pulled the muscles in his chest so had quite severe pain, we used the patches and all seemed to get better........... until yesterday! I had to rush him to casualty as he was coughing so violently and couldnt breathe, eventually vomiting up the most horrendous amount of clear phlegm. He was neubulized, bloods taken, and suprize suprize, he has brochitis AGAIN as well as a cold............He just cannot shake this. For a child who is not usually ill it is just so unusual for him.
BUT his sister has also had a cold off and on during this whole process, she is 10 but not as severe symptoms as his. That said she is now coughing and complaining of sore throat again. They must be passing this back and forwards to each other, but how do we nip this in the bud?

They are both taking daily multivitamins and eat well, plenty fruit and veggies daily. I am absolutely drained, having had ill children for over a month, my husband is overseas for work and i am coping with this alone. They have missed so much school which for a 13 year old is a huge problem (gr 7).

Do you think some sort of tonic would help (for them, i think i should get some too for me :-( ) I was looking at minadex, but they have had so much medication i dont know what is best for them now.

Thank you for your help.

Expert's Reply



It sounds as if your son has whooping cough. This illness is not the classic form of whooping cough but an illness known as 'parapertussis' which closely mimics whooping cough.This cough can last for 3 months and no cough medicines will help.Epidemics of this illness often occur at this time of year.It would still be worthwhile giving your son a course of Klacid antibiotic or Erythromycin antibiotic for 5 days although it is late in the illness.A short course of Predisone 30mg once daily for 5 days will also help. After that he will no longer be infectious and can return to school. If the cough persists it would be worth trying to give him Aterax tablets 25mg at night-this is an antihistamine tablet that often helps to reduce the coughing spells.

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