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Help with 5 year old

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  • Posted By: happymom
  • February 13, 2007
  • 02:28 AM

My 5 year old has had pneumonia 3 times since October. She was never sick before this besides the usual colds. This all started once she began Kindergarten. It starts out with a cough with yellow/green mucus. She is always very stuffed up, worse at night, and even when she seems to get better her nose is still stuffy. I have taken her to an allergist where she tested negative for allergies (not food). I have taken her to a pulmonologist where they have done multiple blood tests which were all good except for the pneumococcal which was low. They did a Sweat Test for Cystic Fibrosis which was negative. They also did a CT of her chest which looked good. She gets this monthly with all of the same symptoms. It always seems to start in the head area, stuffy, coughing, runny nose, etc. They keep telling me its just a virus but why would she get this monthly. I am getting so tired of these doctors making me feel like I am bothering them when this is their job. Hope someone can help!

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  • has she had many courses of antibiotics? Could be candida overload. Look at www.wholeapproach.com and www.candidasupport.org for more info. Also look into parasites. Antibiotic use can cause "leaky gut" which can cause chronic sinus congestion/ sinusitus problems. This can lead to food intolerance, irritable bowel, skin diseases, mood changes, and much, much more. Please look into this. I recommend finding a good alt. practitioner to help. DOM's, chiropractic, naturopaths treat this better in my opinion. Western docs just don't have many options except antibiotics, steroids, and other drugs which cause further immune problems. To find an acupuncturist near you visit www.acufinder.com Best wishes,DOM
    acuann 3080 Replies
    • February 13, 2007
    • 03:57 PM
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  • My son got pnemonia 4 times in first 18 months of life finally a doctor gave me an inhaler to keep on hand and i used it if he got sick and started sounding like it was going into chest. He hasn't gotten it since, i think my son immune system wasn't up to par yet and once it was he stopped getting it.
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • February 13, 2007
    • 05:38 PM
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  • I definitely will check into both, thank you very much for your reply!!
    happymom 5 Replies
    • February 13, 2007
    • 11:47 PM
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  • Oh and yes each time she gets this they put her on Azithromycin and before I really knew the signs to look for she was hospitalized because of dehydration and was given antibiotics through an IV.
    happymom 5 Replies
    • February 13, 2007
    • 11:53 PM
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  • you said that she was tested for food allergies... but if they only did a skin test for dairy (immediate response testing), that is not an accurate test for dairy allergies. My daughter suffered from these symptoms (cold-like symptoms, ear infections, sinus infections, bladder infections, etc.) for years after being told that she was not allergic to dairy. Finally, someone suggested a blood test and, sure enough, she was highly allergic to all dairy products. As soon as we took her off of it, the symptoms have gone away! I would get her allergies tested using a blood test (delayed reaction testing). Hope that helps.
    Sick&Tired 11 Replies
    • February 14, 2007
    • 01:57 AM
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  • Request a bronchoscopy (sorry the spelling) It wan't until we had one done on my husband that we found out he had a fungus infection (Aspergillous) and it was very very serious. The procedure is not difficult and the child will be completely "relaxed" with medication. Consider requesting this. It will tell you EXACTLY what is in her lungs, either bacteria or fungal.
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • February 14, 2007
    • 10:12 PM
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  • I just had her in to see the Pulmonologist again and I did request that he do a Broncoscope. Now that I see your post I am going to tell them I definitely want them to do it. Thank you so much.
    happymom 5 Replies
    • February 15, 2007
    • 02:00 AM
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