Childhood Diseases

Question
Posted by: HMom | 2010-09-01

Q.

Viral Wheezing

Hi Dr,
My 20 month old daughter had RSV in April and as a result her chest gets phlemmy as soon as she gets a cold. We immedieately start using Sterrimar to keep the nose clear. Every two months or three months she gets viral wheezing. We took her to the paed on Monday as Sunday evening her wheezing got worse and she developed a temperature. We gave her Ponstil and it disappeared within a half an hour. He once again said it is viral wheezing and said additionally to her Seretide pump which she takes twice daily and the Sterrimar I can give her a puff of Ashtavent. My question is once i have giver her the Seretide pump how soon after and how many times can i give her the Ashtavent? Another question is he said that alot of her noise is in her throat - the water pools there and makes a noise. How would i know the difference then? Thanks a million Professor.

Expert's Reply

A.

Paediatrician

Your little girl has been diagnosed as having recurrent viral wheezing. Despite being on Seretide which is a good treatment she continues to get frequent episodes. She would do better on a medicine called Singulair 4mg tablets at night.As Seretide contains a long acting bronchodilator she should not use the Ventolin in addition. If she has a post nasal drip this may increase her noisy breathing but wheezing will be the main symptom of her illness.

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