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08 Apr 2003
Bronchitis - Grommets & 4 courses Antibiotics with no improvement
My 14 month old daughter has a persistent cough and runny nose, no temperature. This has been going on since January, I have taken her to our GP & her Paedeatrician who both prescribed antibiotics. She's been on Clavumox, Klacid, Oralox and Rosephin (spelling?). On 10.03 I took her to another Paed. with what I suspected was the Rotavirus. She was admitted with the Rotavirus and Bronhitis. During her stay in hospital she also received grommets (medical term?). On 25/03 we went back to the Paed, very bad cough and very out of breath. Wanted to admit her again as she had severe lung infection. Did not prescribe antibiotics, but gave her Prelone, Flixotide and Combivent as well as Physio. Went well for about a week, but symptoms are now returning. Her 3 year old sister has same cough, but has not been given antibiotics. I am considering alternative therapies as we are getting no sleep and my usually happy children are very miserable. Any suggestions as I am not prepared to give my baby any more antibiotics?
I have sympathy with your reluctance to give more antibiotics. I have described the causes of recurrent infections , especailly in children attending chreche, in many of the questions over the past 2 days. It sounds like the present infection is a viral infection that should not require any antibiotics unless she develops complications. You may have to sit down with your paediatrician and discuss all your reservations. I wish I could advise alternative therapies, but as you will deduct form the previous answers there is unfortunately no magic cure.
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