Childhood Diseases

Posted by: JP | 2011/10/18


Very sick little girl

hi doc,

My little girl is two and a half. She has been on 3 sets of antibiotics in the last 5 weeks. The first one was for tonsilitis (again), when the full course (Augmentin) didn''t clear the tonsilitis, she went on a second course (Orelox) and this cleared it up. we subsequently were referred to an ENT who said that her tonsils are diseased and they are to be taken out at the begining of November. Then on Sunday, she was awfully sick again, with a bad fever and shaking and very lethargic. I took her to my GP yesterday and she now has a throat infection caused by a severe post nasal drip (she is on Allecet every day for this, but it didn''t help this time) and now on a short course (3 day) antibiotic, together with Betanoid and sinumax. I also use Sterimar to try and clear up her sinuses. Does this sound like the best course of action...I''m so worried about all the antibiotics, but she really is very sick

Expert's Reply



Your little girl seems to have a problem with very infected tonsils. She will only really improve once her tonsils have been removed. At present she is too ill to have this operation so she needs to recover from this infection first. Allecet is an antihistamine syrup used to treat nasal allergy. Allecet will not help for a post nasal drip caused by infection as in your daughter's case.Sinumax contains pseudoephedrine which may make your daughter rather miserable and will not help her nose very much. Betanoid is a powerful cortisone and there does not seem to be any reason for its use.The best treatment for her is the Sterimar twice a day to keep her nose clear and her antibiotic.Give her probiotics daily once she has completed the antibiotic course.

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