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Childhood-diseases

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Posted by: nic | 2005/11/30

Q.

possible treatment for IGA Deficiency

my 30month old baby girl in and out of hospital with pneumonia(steptococcus). gets treated with antibiotics for few days. hole range of tests done. blood results show she has a low IGA count. how do we treat/manage this constant been sick with back nasal, ear infection, coughing. she's on mistrabron,seretide,singulair tabs to help with her chest/breathing. i'm reading alot on the web around this condition but dont seem to find the right arnswer for treatment.(bone marrow transplant) do i ask my paediatrician to refer us to a Immunologist or paediatric Pulmonologist. please help us!!

Expert's Reply

A.

Paediatrician

This is totally unecessary as she is making some IgA which is only one of several important antibodies. While her level is low it will return to normal with time. I would recommend that your daughter receive the new pneumococcal vaccine called Prevenar. Please ask your doctor. Most children with low IgA levels in early childhood have fully recovered by the time that they are ready to start primary school.

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