Childhood Diseases

Posted by: roline | 2011-03-09


Teething problems

I would like to ask the following questions: after being told by my GP and Peadiatrician that my 8 month old son might have allergies - because he has runny nose, congested chest and a bit of a runniy stomach...he cut a tooth yesterday. Can I make the assumption that the symptoms were related to the teething? Second question: I had to take my son for blood tests now for these alleged allergies - my GP told me no test will be accurate before the age of 3, whilst my peadiatrician (also a professor in neonatology) said that that is nonsens. The tests will have the correct results...please help!!!!

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The allergy tests are accurate from the time a baby is born, so your paediatrician is correct. Teething does not cause the symptoms you mention and it would be an excellent idea to do allergy tests to see if your baby is allergic and what allergies he may have. Milk is one of the allergy tests that really should be done.

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Posted by: Nini | 2011-03-09

I disagree with Purple. My child had temperature with EVERY SINGLE TOOTH that she has cut so far in her life.

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Posted by: Purple | 2011-03-09

Those symptoms are unrelated to teething. Teething causes teeth - not temperatures, not runny noses, not runny tummies. When children get their permanent teeth they don''t get any of those symptoms and when adults get their wisdom teeth they don''t either. When babies have these things at the same time, it really is just coincidence, but because babies get sick a lot, it has lead to this old wives tale being passed on and some very sick babies getting no treatment because its put down to teething.

The GP is not an expert on children, the peadiatrician is. A GP has a general knowledge of things medical but does not have the specific specialist knowledge that the various specialists do. Trust your peadiatrician - they have spent years studying and practicing.
I''ve just had a GP csompletely miss that my son had an ear problem unrelated to the ear infection he had. We went to the ENT becuase I was worried and we''re well on our way to having it sorted out now. The GP did not even notice the problem which was in the other ear to the one the infection was in. I''m so glad I followed my motherly instict on that one.
Our GP is not a bad doctor, he''s very good and we trust him with our health, but he''s not a specialist.

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