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    Old 09-23-2003, 01:09 PM   #1
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    Angry Chronic Upper Respiratory Infections - Help!

    I'm hoping someone out there can help me, since the doctors don't seem to be able to! My four year old daughter has had chronic upper respiratory infections since she was about 20 months old. For awhile she would get sick every 8 weeks like clockwork! Someone told me about Colostrum to help boost the immune system in children, so I tried that and it seemed to work for about 9 months, but now she must be immune to it because she's back to getting sick again. She was at home with only me until she was almost three years old, so the doctor couldn't give me the excuse of being around other kids all the time in daycare, so instead I got the "they can pick anything up at the park, in a grocery cart, etc., etc." Now that she is in full-time pre-school, they love to give that excuse too. I know kids get sick a lot, but why is it that most other kids I know don't get sick as often as my child? We had a full immune study done a year ago just to make sure she didn't have a problem with her immune system and it all came out fine. She did have RSV as an infant and I don't know if that will just make her more susceptible to everything - does anyone know? She had pneumonia two weeks ago and last Friday the congestion and coughing started again. The cough is now deep in her chest again, but the chest x-ray done today is clear. So, why the cough? Her doctor (who I really do like) wants to see her this afternoon and I'm looking for any information on anything else I can ask him about. Other tests that can be done to give us some kind of explanation for her chronic illnesses.

    Sorry to drag on for so long - I'm hoping someone might have some ideas! Thanks!


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    Old 09-23-2003, 05:35 PM   #2
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    Have the doctors said that there is a possibility of her having asthma and allergies. From the time my daughter was 10 weeks old she had respiratory problems. She had bronchitis almost once a month until the age of 2 and pneumonia twice. My daughter has seasonal allergies which would cause a sinus infection and lead to ear infections,bronchitis and the 2 times we were not quick enough, pneumonia and this was over night. My daughter has had her adenoids and tonsils removed. The adenoids being removed has been the biggest help with the sinuses and the tonsilectomy has helped with the tonsilitis ( she had this 3 times in less than 6 months ). The only help I an give you is keep your daughter AWAY from smokers and to try to find the culprit which can be an allergen, pollination, ragweed, cats, dogs, any number of things. My daughter, who is 3, is on Singulair and Zyrtec together and this has been a life saver.

    Old 09-23-2003, 07:43 PM   #3
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    My 4 year old was going through the same thing till his doctor put him on singulair. We have had no problems for almost 2 years now. He also had RSV when he was a baby, his docor said that could have a lot to do with it. I would ask your doctor about the Singulair and give it a try. hope she gets better.

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    The first thing you need to do is take your daughter in for allergy testing as this may give a big clue as to what is making her sick so often. Next get rid of as many of the toxic cleaners and laundry products as you can in your home as these can also make your child sick. Look for enviromentally friendly alternatives that don't have the harsh chemicals in them. Use a very very mild laundry detergent with little to no fabric softener unless it is a hypoallergenic type. Be sure your child is taking a good multivitamin supplement and a good antioxidant supplement to help keep her immune system healty.

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    I agree with the other posters that likely reasons for your daughter's infections may be allergies and/or asthma, combined with the fact that she had RSV as an infant. I've read that RSV can lead to chronic respirtatory infections. My son never had RSV, but he does have allergies and asthma, and when he was younger (he's 11 now), it seemed as though he was always congested or had a cough or stuffy nose. He takes zyrtec every day and it has helped tremendously. But, if he does get an infection of any kind and it's not caught right away, it tends to turn into pneumonia or flare up his asthma. It can be a chronic problem that needs to be continuously monitored--sounds like you are on top of it.

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    I would recommend that you have your child seen at your local children's hospital where they have access to specialists.

    I have a 7 year old daughter that has had a chronic productive cough since she was 3 years old. She has been to every possible specialist imaginable, they are unable to diagnos her condition. The last procedure she had to have done twice had our hopes up, they thought it was Primary Ciliary Dyskenesia (sp?) or PCD, but after almost 2 years the results came back negative. So, we are back at the drawing board.

    I am trying to find others who may have children with similar conditions that may have some suggestions. Her symptoms mimic Cystic fybrosis in many ways. She has a terrible productive cough that sounds like a belch or bark, periodic crusty stuffed nose, when she gets up in the morning her eyes are matted shut. She is pale, gets dark circles under her eyes and frequently complains of foot pain and her hands falling asleep. She has difficulty sleeping because when she lays down she coughs. In gym class at school if she gets too worked up or hot she will start a coughing fit and get sick. When she coughs this stuff up it is often golf ball size, occasionally larger, thick and green. Also when she gets stressed she gets severe stomache aches. She does seem to get slightly better in the Summer, but it never goes totally away. By the time she comes home from school and it's time to do homework she has a hard time concentrating as she is so worn out.

    If anyone has a child or knows someone with a child with similar symptoms please reply! Her doctors at the children's hospital are even scratching their heads at this point.

    Please keep her in your prayers!


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    The first thing to do is to get rid of all of your toxic household cleaners and toxic laundry detergents. Many of these things are what is making a lot of children and adults sick and is aggrevating their asthma and allergies. Replace all of your cleaners and laundry products with enviromentally friendly ones and I am sure you will wind up seeing a difference in your childs respiratory health as well as their general well being.

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