Childhood Diseases

Posted by: Nikki | 2010-06-07


Please advise

Hi doc,

I have written a few times in the past 2 weeks about my 20 month old little girl who has had a cold. She is still on the cough mixture(not sure of the name but its natural and made from dried ivy leaf) and saline for her nose for about 2 weeks now and her cough has still not gotten better and every morning her nose pours with green snot and she coughs badly in the mornings and evenings and sometimes i still have to put eye drops in because she still gets yellow puss in her eyes. I phoned the gp that treated her for this and she suggests we send her for a chest x ray to see if there is anything to treat in her lungs with anti biotics. Do you think this is nessary or do you think its normal for her to have this cough because she is in creche and because winter has just started?(she has been in creche for going on 6 months now)

Thank you very much.

Expert's Reply



A chest Xray is not usually required. Your little girl has bad post nasal drip which is coming from her very blocked and mucousy nose. Continue using the saline at least 3 times a day and also suck the mucous out of her nose with a nasal aspirator especially before she goes to bed at night.You can continue with the cough mixture.Also give her a probiotic once daily.If she is no better by Wednesday this week she may need an antibiotic to clear her nasal infection.

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