Childhood Diseases

Question
Posted by: Tracey | 2008/09/09

Q.

Thyroid + pheumonia

Hi there, my son is just over 4 years, he has had this " flu" that has been going around that people are battling to shake, it turned to pheumonia and he was in hospital for 6 days about 3 weeks ago. When he was release from hospital, his chest was still abit bubbely but the paed and physio seemed happy, he still has not totally recovered, and now it seems to be dropping back down to his chest, I have started nebulising him again, he is on monosingular powders, acelet, a nose spray, a cough medicine, and also Iron because in hospital when they tested his blood they found he iron levels were very low. (The alergy testing shows no alergies that they could pick up) My son was diagnosed with downsyndrome after birth and we also have to check his thyroid as a ds precaution annually. In hospital they also tested that and when the paed gave me the results I asked him if they were high and he said no, but asked if I had been giving him thyroid medication (which he never has had) because the results show that it is the opposite of high as though he has had thyroid meds. What is he trying to say to me? Is there anything that will work with this terrible flu that is going around, I cannot bear to see my child back in hospital. Thanks Tracey

Expert's Reply

A.

Paediatrician

Children with Down's Syndrome are very susceptible to developing chest infections especially pneumonia. This is what has happened to your son recently.Downs children are very seldom allergic so this is not usually a problem.It is very difficult for your son to cough properly so as to clear his chest of mucous. This is why physiotherapy is essential and must be continued until he clears up.You can continue with all the medicines and the nebuliser, but the main treatment for him is physiotherapy.
Your son's thyroid results seem to suggest that they were slightly higher than expected [top range of normal values] but not at a level that would be any cause for concern.

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