Posted by: Sue | 2012/10/12


Could it be bronchitis?

My son is 4 yrs old, was hospitilized when he was two with bronchopneumonia and also this year again with the same condition. He is always coughing, through out the year especially in winter times. I took him to the pulmonologist who said, it cant be ruled out that it it asthma, the child has to be atleast 5 yrs to be diagnosed with asthma.

He was put on FLIXOTIDE, tests were done, but all came back negetive. He is not responding to flixotine it does not make a difference at all. In a month he gets flue like symptoms almost 3 times. Could it be bronchitis? and what madication could be best for him .

Expert's Reply



Your son's chest problem is unlikely to be due to asthma. His coughing and chest complaint seems to be due to infection of his chest.It is rather unusual for a child of 4 years to still be getting repeated chest infections like this. Flixotide is an excellent treatment for asthma and it has not made any difference. Also the tests that he has had are all negative.It is not true that asthma can only be diagnosed once a child is 5 years old.Your son should have tests done to see if his immunity against infection is normal. These tests are for immunoglobulins known as IgA, IgG and IgG subclasses.It would be best to take your son back to a paediatrician or to get another opinion from a paediatric pulmonologist.

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