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Childhood-diseases

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Posted by: robyn | 2007/03/01

Q.

fluid on lungs

I took my 5 year old to her pead recently just for genral check up and to discuss her eating habits.While there he picked up that she had fluid on her lung which he seemed very concerned about.She had a cough which didnt seem to be serious but turned out to be the start of bronchitis.He questioned whether she often gets coughs which she does and has always since a baby.When she does get the coughs they seem to be very mild but latley seem to turn out to be more serious then they sound.She had antibiotics which didnt clear it so took her to my GP who gave her other meds.I have been told that when she next gets one of her coughs that i must take her back to my Pead so they can look into it further.What can this be? I have heard many things that this could link to and some seem very serious.

Expert's Reply

A.

Paediatrician

It is very difficult for me to answer your question without being able to examine your little daughter. The sounds your doctor heard could be the result of a recent chest infection or asthma. It is essential that you ask your paediatrician to tell you exactly what diagnosis he suspects. It is no use him telling you your child has 'fluid ' on the lungs and not telling you what he thinks this is due to. Please go back to him about this and if you are not happy please get a second opinion.

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