Childhood Diseases

Posted by: HMom | 2010-07-09



Hi Doctor,
My 18 month old daughter had broncho pneumonia in April and was hospitalised for treatment - nebulizing, physio, celestamin, etcetc...she was positive for rsv. The day before she left hospital they gave her an injection - think it was anti-viral something as the paed was very aware of anti-biotic not helping viral caused ilness. She had suffered from this phlemmy chest from 5 months when starting creche to 8 months when summer started and then in March it started again. What i want to ask is the paed put her on zyrtec, seretide and (the granules - cant remember now sorry) but it made her aggresive so i only used the seretide and she has been good - just little coughing in morning and evening and seems to onlyget colds etc . Queston: should i leave her on the seretide pump until the summer? Isnt it detrimental to her in any way? I see you have advised quite a few moms to give mucospect. can she take that while on the pump if she " rattles"  which she does sometimes..?

Expert's Reply



Your daughter appears to have a problem with repeated vitral chest infections. This is usually a pre-scool problem and she should outgrow this tendency as she gets older. The correct treatment is to use an inhaler medicine like Seretide twice daily as a preventer for further episodes.She could not tolerate Singulair Sprinkles which is usually also very effective.She should stay on the Seretide until well into the summer, probably November or December.She can take the Mucospect as well as this will help her to clear the mucous on her chest.

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