Posted by: | 2019/11/19


Chesty cough

Hi Doctor. My seven year old Daughter is sick. Her temperature was quite high, and She has a very chesty cough. We took Her to the Doctor and he put Her on Anti Biotic’s and Celestamine. Today is day two and I noticed that Her chest is abit tighter, the temperature still hasn’t settled. We didn’t nebulise, do you think that we should, we have got Combivent. Also, the medication that we are using to control the temperature is giving Her a Stomach pain. I am quite concerned...

Expert's Reply


- 2019/11/21

You have put your questions very well. It sounds as if your daughter has quite a severe chest infection. It is rather unusual for a child of 7 years to get such a bad chest infection during the early summer months. Her chest infection is likely to be due to a virus infection as she is no better after 2 days on an antibiotic. It is most likely that this infection is caused by the RS virus as her chest is tight. You must keep her on the 5 day course of antibiotics as this has already been started and also the Celestamine. Celestamine is a very strong cortisone medicine. You can certainly nebulise her using Combivent which is an excellent bronchodilator and will help for her tight chest. Only give her Panado for her fever, no other medicine for fever as some fever medicines may irritate her stomach especially Nurofen. If her fever is still high tomorrow and also if she continues to have a tight chest you must take her to your nearest hospital immediately as there is the possibility that she has pneumonia. Also the weekend lies ahead and it is essential that she is on the correct treatment.

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