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Childhood-diseases

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Posted by: tracey | 2008/01/30

Q.

crp count 75

On the 2nd Jan my 18 mnth old son picked up bad tonsillitis, he was admitted to hospital with a crp count of 75, he was in hosiptal for 6 days for treatment, the following week he had them removed, however a week after this the wound became infected... He does not eat and has lost at leat 3 kilo's he can go for 3 days before having only 1/2 yoghart. I have been supplementing him with pedisure. Now the pead has put him on asthma meds as he says that a side effect of the operation was inflamed respiratory tract.. is this normal could he possibly also have asthma a i am astmatic. It has been a long four weeks as while he was in hospital he picked up a stomache bug, broncho pnuemonia and any eye infection. He is totally run down.. Please help

Expert's Reply

A.

Paediatrician

I am not at all happy with this whole story and especially the sudden need to start him on asthma treatment. It seems that the problems started following the tonsil operation with the secondary infection he developed. Were blood cultures done to find out if there was a septicaemia [infection carried in his bloodstream]? He still seems to have problems with his throat and can hardly swallow. Where is the ENT surgeon in all of this and what has he done about the complications following the operation? Please go back to him and find out exactly what the situation is now with your son's throat. If necessary get a second opinion from a different ENT surgeon.Only once his throat clears up will he recover so the sooner this is dealt with the better. The fact that your son has lost so much weight is of great concern as well.

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