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17 Oct 2006

Allergy?
My son is 15 months old. We got through the whole of Winter without a single stuffy nose, and i though things were going really well. At the end of August as the weather started to change, he got a sick (blocked nose, sore throat, wet cough) and went on antibiotics. The antibiotics cleared it up, but a few days later his nose started to run again.
Over the course of the last 2.5 months we have been struggling with a runny nose (it changes from yellow to clear) and a cough. He has been on flixonase & zertec constatantly, as well as an additional course of antibitics at the begining of October.
I am really concered that he is on this medication (Dr. said to give for at least another 2 months) but he never clears up for more than 2 days at a time. He has also been sufferring with ecsaema over this period.

The Dr. says she will do allery tests when my son is 2. What can i do in the meantime as he is just not getting better? Does it sound like allergies? We have also started swimming lessons (in Sep) and he dropped his milk feeds around the same time - could either of these be related?
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childhood diseases
paediatrician

01 Jan 0001

His initial problem seems to have been started by a viral infection which is not responsive to antibiotics as you know.These viral illnesses can easily take 3 weeks or more to clear up. In the meantime all you need to do is to keep his nose clear with infant saline nose drops twice a day.Stop the Flixonase and the Zyrtec as they are not helping him and no more antibiotics either at this stage. In fact you now need to give him PROBIOTICS such as Reuteri drops for at least 2 weeks.
The other problem is his eczema which could be influenced by an allergy.I don't know why your doctor wants to wait until he is 2 years before testing him for allergies as this is not true. One can do allergy tests on very young infants. It would be best to see a paediatrician with an interest in paediatric allergies. There are experts in all the main centres.
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