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Childhood-diseases

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Posted by: Collywolly | 2005/01/04

Q.

Grandson has pharyngitis & croup

Dear Doc,
My grandson aged 13 months started getting ill 6 days ago with nominally high temp round 37.8 which then starting spiking into the 38s. On Saturday we noticed his voice was a bit hoarse then by Saturday night he was having a really bad croupy cough and battling to get air into his lungs. We boiiled water in his room to humidify the atmosphere and then took him to the doctors rooms on Sunday morning when they were open for an hour to see emergencies. He was put onto antibiotics and asthavent. He has not improved, but also not worsened. But what does bother me is the fact that this little guy has such a sore throat and is refusing to eat or drink. He is even battling to take his meds and cries with pain when we make him take them. The dr changed his erythromycin to amoxil today as it was upsetting his tummy a lot. I have noticed that once he has had the asthavent he begins to shake quite a bit and seems very hyped up. Does this medication affect children in this way? If so, is there anything else one can give him in its place???
Thanks for the help. look forward to hearing from you soon.

Expert's Reply

A.

Paediatrician

This sounds like a probable viral infection, which can sometimes cause high fever and a very sore throat. In these circumstances the anti-biotics are not unwarranted. Giving a suppository is often the best way to get adequate fever control and pain relief. Asthavent can cause the symptoms mentioned, but it should not be required for a prolonged period and no alternatives should be necessary.

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