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11 month old - chronic cough, recurring infections

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  • Posted By: Anonymous
  • July 19, 2007
  • 03:38 AM

6 months ago my son got a very serious strep infection (bacteremia) that landed him in the hospital for a week. Ever since he has had recurring strep and ear infections. He recently had tubes put in his ears and so far his ears seemed to be doing better (4 weeks). But ever since the tubes were put in he has had a horrible cough. The cough is worse at night and keeps him up, it also causes him to throw up quite often. His physician tested for strep and it was negative, they also said that his lungs sounded clear as a bell. The nebulizer with albuterol or palmacort does no good at all so they have discontinued that, assuming that it is not asthma. They thought that it was possibly a viral infection in his through because there was some pus on his tonsils, but it is not getting better after 4 weeks. Any ideas? I am getting desperate on how to help my little one.

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  • Whooping cough?
    rad-skw 1605 Replies Flag this Response
  • Sometimes the eustachian tubes are narrow, and therefore prone to infection. I was always on antibiotics for this reason as a kid. With a chronic cough, could there be an irritant in the house (moving causes dust, lots of time spent outside, pet dander, etc.)? That can cause the body to produce more mucus. If your child has whooping cough, it will sound deep, barking, or rattling. You may try limiting the time your child has a pacifier -study shows babies who don't use pacifiers have 1/3 fewer ear infections.
    Calvin_Hobbes11791 5 Replies Flag this Response
  • 6 months ago my son got a very serious strep infection (bacteremia) that landed him in the hospital for a week. Ever since he has had recurring strep and ear infections. He recently had tubes put in his ears and so far his ears seemed to be doing better (4 weeks). But ever since the tubes were put in he has had a horrible cough. The cough is worse at night and keeps him up, it also causes him to throw up quite often. His physician tested for strep and it was negative, they also said that his lungs sounded clear as a bell. The nebulizer with albuterol or palmacort does no good at all so they have discontinued that, assuming that it is not asthma. They thought that it was possibly a viral infection in his through because there was some pus on his tonsils, but it is not getting better after 4 weeks. Any ideas? I am getting desperate on how to help my little one. PLEASE, get your little one to a naturopathic, chiropractic, or NAET practitioner. It is possible that your little one is experiencing an allergic response and very likely has food intolerances. Western Pediatricians don't address this problem effectively, and often a food intolerance will be overlooked. PLEASE just look into this - I really think it would help. NAET is a noninvasive technique to help diagnose and clear allergies to a host of things. It is safe and very effective for babies and people of all ages. Six months ago your boy would have been about 5 months, is that correct? Was his illness associated in any way with your introducing solid foods? Does he have any diarrhea or constipation problems? How is his appetite - is he a good eater? At any time has he had a high or low grade fever? I assume he was prescribed antibiotics initially - which ones and for how long did he take them? My feeling is that since he has a recurring problem, then it is very possible he is suffering from a food intolerance. Please look into a holistic method of helping him, in addition to all of the Western diagnostic testing you may be doing. Best wishesDOM
    acuann 3080 Replies Flag this Response
  • Could it be that the tubes put in to drain the fluid in the ears are draining into the throat, therefore causing a cough?
    Calvin_Hobbes11791 5 Replies Flag this Response
  • i've seen this a lot and oddly enough, seeing a chiropractor has always made an amazing difference. i had never been to one, nor had any interest, until a friend took her young son (who had the same symptoms) as a last resort. the recovery was complete after a few adjustments and now monthly adjustments keep him healthy and happy.i might also help to make sure he's not eating an dairy or gluten (or you, if you are nursing). a lot of times food intolerances only appear as weird symptoms like this, and not allergies or stomach problems.
    Anonymous 42789 Replies Flag this Response
  • 6 months ago my son got a very serious strep infection (bacteremia) that landed him in the hospital for a week. Ever since he has had recurring strep and ear infections. He recently had tubes put in his ears and so far his ears seemed to be doing better (4 weeks). But ever since the tubes were put in he has had a horrible cough. The cough is worse at night and keeps him up, it also causes him to throw up quite often. His physician tested for strep and it was negative, they also said that his lungs sounded clear as a bell. The nebulizer with albuterol or palmacort does no good at all so they have discontinued that, assuming that it is not asthma. They thought that it was possibly a viral infection in his through because there was some pus on his tonsils, but it is not getting better after 4 weeks. Any ideas? I am getting desperate on how to help my little one.Could it be bacterial and not viral? I was wondering if the pus on his tonsil was caused by an abcess as a result of him coughing not so much because of infection? I don't know much about these things. Write back w/ an update.
    Anonymous 42789 Replies Flag this Response
  • My 3 yr old had almost the same symptoms....throwing up at night, no effect of the nebulizer - after umpteen visits to ped and allergists, finally I took him to an ENT - who diagnosed him with enlarged adenoids..post the surgery he is doing much better (knock on wood)..the doc said that the adenoids were causing recurring infections, wheezing, throwing up and snoring...I would suggest you check for adenoids...all the best
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
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