Childhood Diseases

Posted by: Tsholo | 2009-03-23


Runny nose/reinfections &  nebuliser

Hi Doc,
About two weeks ago my 2 year old, who' s in creche, got what was diagnosed as common flu, it seemed to get better but he still had a slightly runny nose. A week after he had seemed to recover from the flu, he got sick again, the paediatrician said it was a throat infection, he' s ok now but still has a bit of a clear runny nose. Should I be worried?
He' s had 3 bouts of bronchopneumonia in the past year. I' d been told to bring him atleast once a month for physiotherapy sessions to keep his chest clear. But I bought a nebuliser which I used during the " throat infection" , the medication for this had been prescribed by the paediatrician. I' d also like to know if it would be safe to nebulise him at home " to keep his chest clear" , if so, how often &  with what medication or would I need a prescription for that? Thanks!!

Expert's Reply



Your son is having the typical problems of a young child who attends a creche, namely repeated upper respiratory and chest infections. You should not use a nebuliser on a regular basis for him. You need to boost your son's immunity for the coming winter. Use Viral choice junior every day and give him a chewable probiotic tablet such as Probiflora children's once daily for 10 days per month for the winter months.

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