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Childhood-diseases

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Posted by: | 2018/12/06

Q.

Tonsillitis in a seven months old baby

Dear Doc, my son has been getting tonsillitis ever since he turned 6 months. He normally stops eating and prefer water only. He had it twice now and he was given antibiotics. Now it seems like they are coming back again because he is coughing again and sometimes his nose seems to be blocked and for that I put in saline drops which helps. I would like to know what to do next because I don't want him to be given antibiotics anymore as they only help for a while and they are weakening his immune system at the same time however, someone advised me to buy menthol camphor ointment and apply it on him, can doctor recommend that as well? or there is something more I can do apart from it?

Expert's Reply

A.

Paediatrician
- 2018/12/06

It is very unusual for such a young baby to get repeated tonsil infections. The next time that he has such an infection. it would be best to ask an ENT specialist to see him. This is mainly to confirm the diagnosis at this stage. Tonsils are not usually removed before the age of 2 years. In the meantime you are correct, you do need to try to boost your baby's immunity. Give him a probiotic such as Reuterina Infant drops 5 drops daily for 10 days. Do this each month for 10 days each time. Also give him Zinplex syrup daily which has a high zinc content and vitamins and will help to boost his immunity. Continue using saline nose drops. Salex nose drops can be used for young babies.

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