Childhood Diseases

Posted by: andy | 2010/03/29


3 year old saying he is tired

Hi Doc,
My 3 year old boy constantly says he is tired. He has been having a cold/flu for over a month now. When I first took him to his paed over a month ago he was diagnosed with flu and he prescribed zinnat antibiotics and bronchopaed and something for his ears and nose. A week later I took him to a gp as his cough got worse he also gave anitbiotics and cough syrup, another week and he was still coughing took him for x-rays and the x-rays showed bronchitis, dr gave another antibiotic and cough syrup everytime he seems to get better he starts sneezing again then its the whole runny nose and phlemy cough all over again for the past month. Even the time when I kept him at home. I would keep him at home for a week so that the meds can work come friday/saturday he would start sneezing again. So I cannot blame the creche anymore. THe place that i''m staying in also seems damp at night.
what can I do to make it all stop, my parents want me to bring him to the eastern cape as they believe the joburg climate is not doing him any good.
And is he just saying he is tired because I say so sometimes how will I know when to take it seriously.
OH and he sleeps enough

Expert's Reply



It is always important to take note of a complaint of tiredness from such a young child. This shows a lot of insight. Your son may be anaemic or may have some other problem. I agree with you that his symptoms of coughing and sneezing should not keep recurring like this. He may have asthma and allergic rhinitis [nasal allergy] rather than repeated infections. Certainly antibiotics do not appear to help him. please take him to see a paediatrician with an interest in children's allergies [paediatric allergist]. There are experts in all the main centres in SA.

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