Childhood Diseases

Posted by: Hi | 2012/05/21


Cow''s Milk

Hi Doc,

My son (2) - 14kg - was diagnosed with tonsilitis last week Tuesday, he has a chesty cough aswell, so his peadiatricing precribed the following:
Prozef 250mg, Reuteri for the tonsilis, for the chesty cough, Celestamine, singulare and neb with Pulmicort.

Since tuesday he has hardly eaten anything, over the weekend het hand 2 hands full of biltong and that is it....other than alot of MILK. (it does not concern me too much that he didn''t want to eat and only wanted his milk as I can understand that he''s throught might be inflamed and sore and he probably just didn''t have an appetite)

Also, he is not allergic to Cow''s milk at all, same as my daughter.

My Question: Can too much milk during this period of illness be harmfull to him, eg. cause more mucus on his chest, cause a fever or make him worse?

This advice that was given to me over the weekend, but as far as I know MILK most definitely DOES NOT give a sick child a fever or make more MUCUS unless your child is ALLERGIC to cow''s milk.

Also, I cannot see how it can make things worse if it''s the only kind of nourishment he is able to take in. I do know it''s not advisable to give a child milk during periods of upset stomach, diarree etc

Your opinion would be much appreciated.


Expert's Reply



Milk does not increase mucous and several careful studies have disproved this idea. Do not feel bad about your son drinking milk at this time when his throat must be very painful. The question here is why is your son's tonsillitis not getting better? The antibiotic may not be suitable. Your son needs to see the paediatrician again.

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