Childhood Diseases

Question
Posted by: MRS E | 2008/11/25

Q.

TB SCARE FOR 6 MONTH OLD

THE CAREGIVER AT MY SON' S CRECHE HAS BEEN DIAGNOSED WITH TB. ALL THE BABIES WERE TESTED AND 4 OUT OF 6 WERE POS. THIS COULD BE DUE TO THE VACINES AND MY GP RECONS THAT THIS IS MOST LIKELY THE REASON. SHOULD I WAIT FOR THE SYMPTOMS TO START SHOWING OR SHOULD I TAKE HIM FOR X-RAYS NOW? AND WHAT SORT OF TREATMENT WOULD HE GET IF HE REALLY DOES HAVE TB?

Expert's Reply

A.

Paediatrician

You do not say how positive the test was when your child was tested for TB. The BCG vaccination at birth does cause the test to be mildly positive. If your son had a strongly positive test the next step should be an Xray of his chest. If this is positive he will require a 6 months course of treatment for TB.

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