Childhood Diseases

Posted by: Kinnie | 2008/10/21



Dear Doc
I need your opinion on this. My little boy of 1 got sick about 3 weeks ago, had a runny nose and it seems he had sore throut because he became hoarse and could barely make noise. Also had a fever and was coughing during the night and in morning when he got up. Took him to the paed and I was told he had upper respiratory infection and that one of his grommets was blocked. He prescribed Augmentin antibiotics, Flemize, eardrops to open the grommets, I had to neubilize him 3 X per day with Duolin and he went for physiotherapy for 4 days. It seems that he recovered completely and after about 3 days yellow stuff started to come out of the eart with the blocked grommet and we presume the grommet was open again. The next week he went back to creche and everything was fine, but by the weekend the cough come back, it starts in the evening, then during the night and it is the worst in the mornings. During the day he is fine, no coughing. Some times is seems to get better and some nights he barely coughs. Last night he really coughs a lot, the cough sounds is it is very lose, I give him Flemize in the morning and evenings. This is now the second week of coughing . He nose is also running on and of, especially in the early mornings, but not during the day. What is your opinion on this, should I go back to the paed or take him to an ENT?

Expert's Reply



Your son started off with a viral illness which affected mainly his upper respiratory system mainly his trachea. He still has symptoms especially the cough suggestive of this illlness which is called tracheitis. The cough associated with tracheitis can be troublesome for 6 weeks or longer before it disappears.Medicines unfortunately do not help much at all.Keep his nose clear as best as possible by using Salex nose drops twice day for at least 2 weeks. As his grommet is now draining it is doing what it is supposed to do and that is to clear his middle ear of fluid. There is no need to see your doctor at this stage.

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