Posted by: ConcernedParent | 2010/08/11


Repeated Pneumonia in 3 Year Old

My son is 3 years old and is just recovering from his 3rd bout of pneumonia this year and the 4th in his life. We are concerned that there is an underlying problem that we are not getting to the bottom of and need some good advice rather than opinion. We have from the advise of his paediatrician had all sorts of tests done which included taking bloods and mucus for laboratory testing which came back as saying he may have an immune deficiency. I am a little sceptical in accepting that as he does not seem prone to any other ailments but only seems to catch pneumonia very rapidly after the first signs of some sniffles and a cough.

The tests also came back saying that he has low iron levels in his blood and there was mention that he may be anaemic and I am not sure of the relationship between the two. I has been recommended that he starts a course of iron suppliments.

he has been on countless courses of antibiotics throughout his short life and I am very concerned that this may be the cause of him being so susceptable to pneumonia.

The paediatrician has also said that he may be a child that should not be in creche. we are fortunate enough that he can stay at home with either if his granny''s but feel that he will be missing out on a crucial part of growing up in the form of social interaction with other children.

What are out options for treating our child and would a homeopathic route be a good route to follow? Are there homeopaths that specialise in the treatment of children?

Expert's Reply



I agree that there is a problem here and your son should not have even one episode of pneumonia at his age.The fact that he is known to have an immune deficiency probably an immunoglobuklin deficiency such as a low igA or IgG is very important as this could explain why he is so vulnerable to severe chest infections. He is also iron deficient and should be on an iron supplement. He must definitely be taken out of the creche! This is where he is picking up all the infections which result in pneumonia.Your son needs to see a paediatric pulmonologist so that a definite diagnosis of his problem can be made;for example has he been tested for possible cystic fibroisis?If you let me know in which province you live I will recommend a paediatric pulmonologist.

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Posted by: ConcernedParent | 2010/08/11

Hi Doc

Thank-you for the reply. I am based in the Gauteng area, and more specifically in Edenvale but regardless of location I am willing to travel if it means getting to the bottom of the problem. I understand it is quite difficult to make recommendations without having sight of his file and/or history.

From my research there are basically two schools of thought around taking him out of chreche, one being that it is a must, and the other being that it is the easy way out. My instinct tells me to go with the former as that advice is coming from an educated point of view and to consider the alternative could prove fatal  however, I am also inclined to consider the medium to long term ramifications of the lack of social interaction.

I look forward to getting some more information on what we can do going forward and who we should be seeing. One piece of information I did not mention before was that yesterday he went in for a CT scan and the results indicated that there was no damage to the lungs.

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