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Childhood-diseases

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Posted by: Inotila | 2018/11/15

Q.

Wheezing and tonsillitis

Dear Dr. You have helped me a lot when you answered my questions. Thank you so much. I have another question, my son is 7 months and he weighs 8 kg. He had been wheezing for sometime and he later got a fever. The doctor said he had a chest infection as well as tonsillitis and an upset tummy because his stool was not normal, it had things like mucus inside. He gave us cough syrup and some antibiotics. The fever stopped as well as coughing but wheezing never stopped. His appetite is no longer the same especially during the night and he wakes up crying more often then before. What could be the problem Sir?

Expert's Reply

A.

Paediatrician
- 2018/11/18

Thank you. You are very welcome. It is almost certain that your baby is wheezing due to a recent virus chest infection. This chest infection is called bronchiolitis. The most likely virus to cause this infection is the RS virus. Infections last a long time in young babies and your baby may wheeze for as long as 3 to 4 weeks after the infection started. Also the virus is not cured by antibiotics, which only cause side effects such as diarrhoea. It is important to give your baby a good probiotic such as Reuterina Infant drops, 5 daily for 10 days. Cough syrups will not help your baby either. Your baby will not be able to drink as well as normally when he is wheezing. If you notice that he is wheezing quite loudly and is too short of breath to drink or sleep normally, he should be seen by a paediatrician. If he is not distressed and seems to be getting better, you will notice that he will get over this illness without any further treatment.

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