Childhood Diseases

Posted by: Glory | 2010/02/15



Hi doc,

please help me. my 5 month old son has been diagnosed with bronchopneumonia. he is a very playful boy, he still plays, fairly eats, though his appetite has reduced since he started coughing. his nose drips and he sometimes vomits. how dengarous is this? i took him to a peadatrian on Friday, he said it' s flu, a viral infection and said if it did not get better i shud bring him back, i took him to another peadatritian today because i am in a different town, he took bloods, and did x-rays, i am just really worried. please help

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It is unusual for a baby to get bronchopneumonia in the summer months.Bronchopneumonia can be safely treated and your baby will recover. It is important to ask your paediatrician why your baby got this lung infection in summer and his immunity should be checked.

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Posted by: MaK | 2010/02/15

My son had the same thing last year. The paed wanted to admit him, but I decided to have him treated at home. Risky, but I took the chance. It cleared within 5-7 days, using the medication that the paed prescribed - mostly saline spray (Sterimar) and two other meds that I cannot remember. Give plenty of fluids to keep him hydrated. Also use a humidifier so that the air in his room is not too dry. I hope it gets better - it' s good that you are seeking a second opinion, you can' t take chances with LOs when they are that age. All the best.

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