Posted by: Lin | 2011/03/18


5 year old sick again

My son started grade R this year. He was in a creche a few times before but always got so sick that he had to be hospitilised and we were advised to rather keep him at home. I''m a stay at home mom so it was fine. He started Grade R this year and so far was at home for 2 weeks intermittendly. Was hospitilised twice, We give him a multivitamin as well as Scott''s Emulsion. We''ve tried Chreche guard and all its mates. We also give him Jungle Vites Drink to school. I don''t know what to do anymore as he is sick yet again. Please help! I dont want to put him on antibiotics every other week!
Thanks for your time doc!

Expert's Reply



Your son appears to be very susceptible to infections and has been hospitalised twice and has missed two weeks of school in the summer months already. Has your paediatrician checked your son's immune system?By this I mean his white cell function and his immunoglobulins including his IgG subclass levels.He should also have a test done to be sure that he does not have cystic fibrosis.He should also be checked to see that he does not have persistent sinus infection or ongoing reflux.It would really be best if your son was seen by a paediatric pulmonologist.

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