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3 year old ALWAYS sick

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  • Posted By: becky0999
  • March 3, 2007
  • 06:40 PM

My 3 year old son is always sick. He has been hospitalized 5 times from various illnesses. Mainly he has bronchitis or pneumonia. He never just has a cold or a virus, it always leads to the above. After the 10 episode of bronchitis we went to a allergist/asthma doctor a year and a half ago. He did some lab work and some allergy testing. He diagnosed him with asthma and being allergic to dust. They say he has asthma because of the frequent infections, he has a cough and a runny nose most of the time. However, he doesn't have typical asthma like you see on TV. He has never had an asthma attack or acted like he couldn't breathe unless he was sick with bronchitis or pneumonia. Even then it's mainly wheezing and coughing, but only when he is sick not every day. He just gets sick a lot. He was hospitalized once for what they called asthma exacerbation, he was on oxygen for several days. I don't know, it's hard for me to believe that dust and asthma is making him stay sick so much. He takes Singular, Zrtec, Nasonex and Pulmicort everyday. Xopenex as needed. We live in a new home with no carpert, no pets anywhere around and he is never around smoke. I don't know what else to do.

He has had routine immune system check and allergy testing. He had Kawasaki disease in Dec 05. He was actually farily well after he received IVIG treatment. I thought that might mean he had an immune problem, but his allergist said it was unlikely. We just spent another week in the hospital with pneumonia, he had tubes put in and had sinus surgery. Just recently we have started having issues with ear infections every other week.

Should I just take the asthma diagnosis or push for something more. I can't stand seeing my baby so sick all the time. It just makes no sense to me. I can't bring myself to have another child because I'm scared my next will be sickly too. It is so hard to go thru this and to see your child suffer all the time. If I hear he will grow out of it one more time, I think I may scream. I have been hearing that for over 2 years!

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  • Children who have chronic sickness - you need to really think about food intolerances, especially dairy and cheese, wheat and gluten, soy, corn, and others. This is hard to test for - allergy tests often miss food intolerances. The best way to deal with this in my opinion is by elimination diet, but you need time and patience... Start by eliminating ALL dairy, especially cheese, as it is very mucus producing and can cause chronic ear infections. Do this for at least 3-4 weeks. Then reintroduce it and see what happens. Then try all gluten for 3-4 weeks...you get the idea. Absolutely no sugar drinks or processed foods... If your child has been on tons of antibiotics then he very likely has candida overload further causing his problems. Please look into this as most docs don't and think it's bunk...visit www.candidasupport.org and www.wholeapproach.com for more info. The latter website has a great food list you can print out. You need to get him on a good quality children's probiotic asap to help rebuild his intestinal flora and build back his immune system. If he takes repeated courses of antibiotics for his ear infections he is going to continually get them - it is a vicious cycle, and most recent studies show antibiotics do nothing for ear infections. Try a different approach. A naturopath or homeopath or chiropractor could be very helpful. Chiropractic for ear infections is very effective in children. Worth trying in my opinion. Hang in there, you are right he will outgrow this. But these are things you can do to help get him back on track.Best wishesDOM
    acuann 3080 Replies Flag this Response
  • Hi there Do push the drs to check out immunodeficiency as his symptoms sound typical of CVID (common variable immunodeficiency) ask to be refffered to an immunologist who can check his immunoglobulin levels thoroughly. I have cvid and your son seems to have all the same symptoms especially if he responded to immunoglobulins in the past this is the treatment i receive every 3 weeks and it keeps me fairly infection free you could log on to the PIA primary immunodeficiency Association website they have a signs and symotoms section that might be helpful. Diane :)
    Diane Sistern 29 Replies Flag this Response
  • I agree with Acuann on the food intolerances. There are some different ways to treat instead of avoidance.Check the "Food related ?" thread I just posted a recommendation on. And Acuann - are you familiar with NAET ? It is acupuncture based and was developed by Dr. Devi Nambudripad to help reprogram the body's response to many things the body can overreact to. I may have asked this before. Not sure.
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  • Ralph,I have heard wonderful things about NAET, and have a colleague who does this. Haven't done this myself, but it is on my list of protocols to learn in the future! When my kids are bigger and in school:) Best wishes.DOM
    acuann 3080 Replies Flag this Response
  • Thanks for the replies. In my heart, I believe he has something wrong with his immune system. He has all the symptons and I know the IVIG helped. I just know it. When he was in the hospital in Nov, it was very hard to get rid of his pneumonia. It took forever. This last hospital stay we couldn't get rid of ear infections and his sinus infections. At first they said that the culture would show that it was resistant to antibotics, which would be why the 3 oral antibotics didn't work. Well the culture didn't show that, it was just a common sinus infection that had to be cured with IV antibotics and surgery. That doesn't sound right to me. I know that he did not respond to the pneumonia vaccine and I know that his total IgG was low, but they said the subclasses was okay. I don't know where to go from here. Any thoughts???
    becky0999 1 Replies Flag this Response
  • accuan and ralph, I would love if you guys could email me your personal advice on vaccinations. I just got done reading this book called 'Immunization, Reality behind the myth' Great book, but also scary. I would appreciate to hear your thoughs on this, my email addess is mistatetrooperwife@hotmail.com I really hope to hear from you guys soon!! Thanks so much for your time,Stacy
    HappyHealthyGirl 26 Replies Flag this Response
  • Please do not listen to anything Shula or Acuann tell you. My sister just passed away because Shula and Acuann told her that her doctor was wrong and she did not have a serious condition. Acuann even told her to get acupuncture to get healed. These people are going to be investigated for practicing medicine without a license. Shula and Acuann are specifically wanted in connection with my sisters homocide. Thats right homocide. If she would have listened to her doctor instead of these internet quacks she would still be here today. Rest assured I will do everything in my power to put these two behind bars and shut this website down for good.
    Anonymous 42789 Replies Flag this Response
  • Thanks heaven someone is finally trying to prosecute those two internet "doctors". I hope they rot in jail for what they did to that poor girl.
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  • Food allergies may be possible, But have him tested for Lyme disease and other tick infections, too. He could have been bitten and not had a rash. Many Lymies have chronic broncitis and pneumonia. Good luck.
    Anonymous 42789 Replies Flag this Response
  • Just a comment about trying exclusion diets for food intolerances. First of all it isn't missed by allergy testing because it isn't an allergy at all. Second there is no need to remove a food for 3-4 weeks. A week is fine. Like with dairy remove all dairy products for one week Mon-Fri then try giving it on sat and sun and you will see if there is a problem. I have a lot of experience with my own kids and food intolerances so have done this on several occasions.
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  • Please do not listen to anything Shula or Acuann tell you. My sister just passed away because Shula and Acuann told her that her doctor was wrong and she did not have a serious condition. Acuann even told her to get acupuncture to get healed. These people are going to be investigated for practicing medicine without a license. Shula and Acuann are specifically wanted by law enforcement for questioning. The moderator here is trying to suppress this, since the owner of the website is in Austrailia nothing can be done to them. Please folks.. see REAL doctors do not listen to these internet fake doctors.
    Anonymous 42789 Replies Flag this Response
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  • Please do not listen to anything these fake docs tell you. If you have medical problems see a REAL doctor! My sister is no longer with us because they told her that her doctor was wrong and she did not have a serious condition. They even told her to get acupuncture to get healed. These people are being investigated for practicing medicine without a license. The owners of the site are in Queensland Australia and cannot be extradited but the investigation continues into the users reponsible.
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