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infant pneumonia for 7 months

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  • Posted By: Anonymous
  • March 25, 2008
  • 10:14 PM

My little boy is now 13 months old and has been diagnosed with pneumonia every 3 weeks for the last 7 months. The amount of fluid in his lungs changes with each visit, he has a horrible cough that is worse when he gets up from sleeping. He coughs up a clear to light yellow mucus that has a foul smell, wheezes on and off-more when he is active followed by a spell of coughing up more mucus, has labored breathing, and none to minimal fever. The symptoms seem to be worse upstairs in our house, which is carpeted-downstairs is tile, and is also warmer than downstairs. We have tried every medication the doctors have prescribed- claritin, zyrtec, penicillin, amoxicillin, ampicillin, albuterol inhaler, albuterol mist, robitussin, sudafed, and tylenol 3(with codeine). None of the medications have made a dent in his symptoms, and we are at a loss. Any suggestions?

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  • My little boy is now 13 months old and has been diagnosed with pneumonia every 3 weeks for the last 7 months. The amount of fluid in his lungs changes with each visit, he has a horrible cough that is worse when he gets up from sleeping. He coughs up a clear to light yellow mucus that has a foul smell, wheezes on and off-more when he is active followed by a spell of coughing up more mucus, has labored breathing, and none to minimal fever. The symptoms seem to be worse upstairs in our house, which is carpeted-downstairs is tile, and is also warmer than downstairs. We have tried every medication the doctors have prescribed- claritin, zyrtec, penicillin, amoxicillin, ampicillin, albuterol inhaler, albuterol mist, robitussin, sudafed, and tylenol 3(with codeine). None of the medications have made a dent in his symptoms, and we are at a loss. Any suggestions? Time to try a holistic healer - acupuncturist/herbalist/homeopath/naturopath...these would all be good choices. Get your boy a good quality children's probiotic and give this to him daily. He needs this to help rebuild his intestinal flora, which in turn will help boost his immune system. Do this asap - you can find chewables or liquids. You may also want to try a children's tincture of echinacea/goldenseal but don't have him take this for longer than two weeks at a time. Also, what is his diet like? What was the first food you introduced and when? When did you introduce milk? Was he breast fed or bottle - if bottle, was it milk based or soy based? There is a connection here to a food intolerance and most docs overlook this. Best wishesDOM
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  • He started baby food at about 5 months, only about a half a jar a day, and formula with cereal. He no longer eats either and has been on regular milk as well as soy milk to rule out an allergy to milk, or lactose intolerance. He started taking an infant vitamin about 2 months ago. My daughter is 8 and has a severe allergy to some preservatives in foods. My biggest concern is him suffocating himself while sleeping just trying to breathe. He often wakes up gasping, then wheezing, followed by heavy coughing until he coughs up mucus. Do you have a recommendation for the probiotic? Thank you.smh
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  • He started baby food at about 5 months, only about a half a jar a day, and formula with cereal. He no longer eats either and has been on regular milk as well as soy milk to rule out an allergy to milk, or lactose intolerance. He started taking an infant vitamin about 2 months ago. My daughter is 8 and has a severe allergy to some preservatives in foods. My biggest concern is him suffocating himself while sleeping just trying to breathe. He often wakes up gasping, then wheezing, followed by heavy coughing until he coughs up mucus. Do you have a recommendation for the probiotic? Thank you.smh That is early to start solids...he may have developed some sensitivities. Was he breast or bottle fed initially? This helps to diagnose food intolerances, which are much more likely if he is bottle fed with formula. I like RenewLife's FloraBears for children, a chewable wafer that I give to both my kids, ages 3 and 5...I would probably recommend giving 1/2 dose at his age. You can also find liquids at a healthfood store - just make sure you find one that is dairy free. How long had he gone without any dairy? To do a proper check for food intolerances you would need to cut this out COMPLETELY for about a month. Also, any citrus foods or drink like orange juice would need to be eliminated, as these along with dairy products are very mucus producing. You mention he is off of baby food and cereal - what is he eating daily? I really think that his chronic condition is being worsened by some kind of food intolerance - especially in light of his sister having such problems. This is very common, and doctors are not trained to deal with this IMO. The homeopathic remedy Hepar Sulphur Calc. may be helpful for him - does he have sensitive skin or any skin eruptions? If so, then this remedy would be perfect I'd think. You can research online and see if any other remedy fits his symptoms. Lastly, please research a treatment called NAET (Nambudripad Allergy Elimination Techniques) - it is brilliant for allergies of all kinds, and is noninvasive and nondrug based. Visit www.naet.com for more info... I am an acupuncturist, NAET practitioner and have used both on my son, now age 5. He would manifest a food or fabric allergy by having a bout of atopic dermatitis...I have cleared him of this problem using NAET. It can really help! Best wishesDOM
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  • We started solids on the doctor's reccomendation. He was cranky and always wanting a bottle, so the doc said that he was not getting full on formula alone. We mixed some cereal in his formula to start, then after a couple of weeks, we introduced the baby food one flavor at a time. His usual intake of food is normally as follows:Breakfast6 oz whole milk1/2 hot cereal (cream of wheat, malt-o-meal, or oatmeal), or 1 eggo wafflemid morning snack4 oz diluted juicy juice (apple, white grape, mixed fruit)lunch1-2 oz cut up cooked fruit (peaches, pears, apples)1-2 oz diced cooked meat (ham, chicken, beef)1/4 slice bread6 oz milkmid afternoon snack5-8 cookies/crackers (teddy grahams, animal cracker, etc.)4 oz waterdinner1-2 oz diced cooked meat or pasta1-2 oz diced vegetables1/4-1/2 slice bread6 oz milkHe has extremely dry skin on his face, and we use a lot of eucerin on his cheeks to keep them from cracking open from the dryness. His skin on the rest of his body is dry, but not to the extreme of his cheeks. His back has small bumps that are the same color as his skin, no redness at all. Thank you for the ideas, I will check them out!!smh
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  • Unfortunately many docs recommend this and I think it is wrong and can cause problems...the fact that he was so fussy may have more to do with his not handling the formula well due to an intolerance. Hard to say tho. Yes, I think Hepar Sulphur would be a good remedy for him. I use Hyland's homeopathic remedies on both my kids and have since they were babies. I would suggest just one or two little dissolvable tablets and give this remedy every hour or so until you notice symptoms improving, and then as directed on the bottle. Homeopathic remedies are extremely safe and have no contraindications. You can get a good book at the library or book store that lists the remedies and what they are used for. I have the Hyland's home kit (has about 30 remedies or so) and use them all the time - they work really quickly on my kids! If your son tends to be very clingy then Pulsatilla may be a good choice too. Please research NAET as it would help diagnose food and environmental sensitivities. If your little one is especially fussy, he may be teething. A classic sign is very red and dry cheeks. Get Hylands Teething tablets - they work brilliantly especially if you give them every 15 minutes when he is most fussy. I swear by these - my kids would often fall asleep after just one or two doses! Best wishesDOM
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