Posted by: Lo | 2007/08/17


Which diagnoses are correct?

It seems my son has inherited my sinus problems because all the commons symptoms are there, but what worries me every time he gets sick with the same symptoms my GP, Paediatrician and new GP gives me different diagnoses, my GP would say its an upper viral infection, my Paediatrician would say its Asthma( and would give me a prescription of meds that cost me almost R2,000) and my new GP would say its “kroep”(Afrikaans) yet when I give my son the meds for asthma he gets better very quickly especially if he use the “pompie- Serentide 125” but it cant be asthma as this only happens every winter and maybe once in the summer.
He has a runny nose, cough and bring up phlegm, sneezes and usually develop a fever, when he gets like this I give him Nuelin and Desselex but this doesn’t seem to help anymore..
What do you think could be wrong and what should I do..?

Expert's Reply



You do not give your son's age which is vital here in order to answer your question. Very young children under 3 years do not have sinuses as such except for very small pea size sinuses on either side of the nose. I don't think this is the problem. The problem does not sound like asthma either or croup. The most likely diagnosis with your story of the illness only being present in winter is that of recurrent viral wheezing. He will outgrow this illness by the time that he reaches primary school going age. The treatment is the same as for asthma, that is why he benefits from the asthma treatment.

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Posted by: Honey | 2007/08/20

You can also remove dairy from his diet for 6 weeks and see if he improves. Do some research and you will find that dairy is a big culprit and if he has a balanced diet full of fruit and veg he won't need any milk products. Simply hoping he would out grow this is just not good enough...

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Posted by: Anita | 2007/08/17

Hi Lo

If the medicine your Paediatrician prescribed for asthma works, then your son might be asthmatic.

Asthma isn't something that one necessarily will have every day of the year. Asthma can be triggered be something in the air etc.

There are different types of asthmas out there.

I'd rather trust a paediatrician's diagnoses than that of a GP when it comes to babies and toddlers.

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Posted by: Lo | 2007/08/17

Forgot to mention he is 3 years old.

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