Childhood Diseases

Posted by: janine | 2011/09/05


son sick, runny nose, diarrhea, coughing, ear draining

Hi my son is now 20months old and has flu, he is currenlty on antiboitics which do not seem to work as he is drinking it for the last 2 weeks, i have iliadin for his nose and drops for his ear, I also give him sinutab at night and pectrolyte for his tummy. He does not seem to getting better and his school concert is on saturday. Do i need to be worried and take him to a doctor or what can i do to get him better?

Expert's Reply



It is surprising that your very yong son has been on antibiotics for 2 weeks for flu. Flu is usually caused by a virus infection and antibiotics do not help. Your son's diarrhoea is probably due to the prolonged use of antibiotics. Your son should also not have Sinutab as it contains pseudoephedrine which is not permitted for children under 2 years of age.Stop the antibiotic and the Sinutab. Give your son a probiotic such as probiflora for children once daily for 10 days. Keep his nose clear by using Sterimar saline nasal spray twice a day Also give him frequent sips of Rehidrat solution as often as he will take these sips to replace fluid and electrolyte lost due to his diarrhoea.If his ear continues to drain he should be seen by an ENT specialist.

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