Posted by: Angie | 2008/07/21


Help Appreciated

Hi Dr. My Lo is 15 months old and started with a runny nose and fever in the afternoon so gave her 5ml Calpol. She was fine until 6pm the fever started again and i gave her 2ml Neurifen for children and at 11pm is started again so gave her 5ml calpol. By 1am she was still hot so took her to the emergency room. The doctor there said she is teething and has flu. He did not even examine her at all, did not look at throat, ears, chest nothing. He asked her allergies and I told him she was sensitive to penicillin and on Singulair Sprinkles since April 2008. He prescribed her with Demezin, Brochopaed and Augmentin S.
I have been giving her 2.5ml Flucin C and Sterimar in her nose.
What else can i do for the common cold ??
I dont want to give her the antiobiotic for a viral infection and even more that its penicillin and he didnt examine her

Expert's Reply



The doctor really should have examined your baby and as you say in addition went on to prescribe a penicillin-containing antibiotic for your penicillin allergic child and that for a viral infection. You should write a letter to the hospital manager about your experince there.Your baby definitely has a very bad cold from the symptoms you describe so you need to keep her nose clear with the Sterimar and keep her fever down with Calpol. Give her plenty of fluids and don't worry if she won't eat solids while she is rather ill. If she develops any chest symptoms such as rapid breathing or appears to be wheezing ask your doctor to see her.

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