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Childhood-diseases

Question
Posted by: JUANITA | 2008/08/11

Q.

WHEEZER

MY GIRL 19 MONTHS WAS DIAGNOSED BY PEDIATRICIAN AS A HAPPY WHEEZER, ALWAYS THE WET COUGH AND SHE IS USING SINGULAIR AS A CRONIC MEDICATION IF SHE GETS A RUNNING NOSE THEN I CAN BE ASSURED THAT I HAVE TO USE THE NEBULISER AND PREFLAM MEDICATION AND ANTIBIOTICKS. IS THERE ANYTHING ELSE THAT I CAN DO TO HELP CURE THIS? COULD THIS BE A ALLERGIC REACTION TO SOMETHING THAT SHE IS EATING?

Expert's Reply

A.

Paediatrician

This kind of wheezing usually follows on a viral infection and is not due to an allergy. However if you have a family history of asthma then an allergy may well be responsible for most of her symptoms. She should be on the Singulair for a relatively short period such as 1 month. I am not happy about you having to give antibiotics to your baby for a viral illness and also the repeated use of Preflam which is a cortisone should not be encouraged. I would be happier if a clear diagnosis of your baby's problem was made and for this purpose suggest that she be seen by a paediatric pulmonologist or allergist. There are experts in all the main centres in SA.

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