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Childhood Diseases

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Posted by: Tanea | 2008/05/21

Q.

Constant infections,advice needed please

I have a 10 month old little girl. She weighs 7.8 kg's now from a 2,8kg birthweight. She has had constant upper respitory infections since January. She has been on antibiotics at least 4 times this year prescribed by her paed and ear,nose and throat surgeon. She got gromits on Valentines Day as gunk was running out of her ear and had formed an asbcess on the ear drum. I have her on Bio Strath Bare Necessities now and so far so good. She has a runny nose at the mo and the nurse that comes past her nursery school has advised us to nebulise her with ACC200. She says her lungs sound scratchy and her throat is red. Her ear drained again last Friday. We are going to move to the coast soon (we live in Centurion) and was told that her health would most probably improve at the coast as the air is cleaner and more humid there. Do you agree doctor? Is there anything else I can do to make her more comfortable and to prevent her getting sick again? She was on a very strong dose of antibiotics about a month ago for 10 days. The surgeon said if it did not work we would have to take her out of school. We do not have the means or the support structure to do so and it worries me. We are flying to England in July. I would like advise too on how to make sure Kayleigh is comfortable in the plane - I dont want her to have earache (with her history of ear infections) etc. I flew a little while ago and was in intense pain due to me having sinusitis and it did not coordinate very well with the cabin pressure. I dont want the same to happen to her.
Your advise will be much appreciated doctor.
Thank you and regards, Tanea

Expert's Reply

A.

Paediatrician

As you will read in several of my replies today,what is needed here is a proper diagnosis. What is causing your child's problem is the question. You need her to be seen by a paediatrician with an interest in respiratory diseases. There are experts in all the main centres.She should not fly when she is not well and is coughing and also until she is on the correct treatment for her problem[which still needs to be diagnosed.]

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