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What causes recurrent cough and cold episode? - Online Doctor Chats

Date : 26-Jan-2014
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User:hi sir
Doctor:How can I help?
User:sir my son is 1 year & 3 monyhs old
User:earlier days he took the solid food correctly
User:but now a days he is not taking well ( by last 3-4 days)
User:today he had not taken food
User:even i take the suggestion for food chart from dietician and we tying to maintina that
User:even we took suggestion from dr & took diet chart and try to follow that
Doctor:Is he having any other symptoms?
User:but now a days we are facing difulty to feed him
User:i think no we played well throught out the day
User:dr suggest only for nebuliztion budasal .5 mg tid
User:but last 3 days he had cough and cough
User:we are giving as per sechdule
User:cough & cold
User:cought is mild not so much
Doctor:Where are you located?
User:at north delhi near mukherji nagar
Doctor:So your main concern is that he is not eating well
Doctor:And you have consulted dietician
Doctor:In such a scenario, I will suggest some blood tests for him
Doctor:He is more than 1 year old and he can safely get the tests done
Doctor:Sometimes kids have some nutritional deficiency like iron deficiency or calcium deficiency
Doctor:It can show up
Doctor:This cough and cold episode may be the cause
Doctor:Kids usually reduce food intake during such episodes
Doctor:He will get back to normal once this episode is over
Doctor:Does he have difficulty breathing?
User:due to this deficency of iron & calcium kids will not take the food properly ?
Doctor:Yes it is a possibility
User:during the whole day he played well but not asl for food
Doctor:Especially if the kid is breast fed or has taken cow's milk
Doctor:Nebuliser should be given only if difficulty in breathing is present
User:brest milk and single toned mild
Doctor:Yes it is likely that he may be iron deficient
User:then what is ur suggestion..plz suggest
Doctor:My advice is as follows:
Doctor:blood tests to be done to rule out common conditions
Doctor:The tests can include hemoglobin, Serum iron levels, hemogram, complete blood count, fasting blood glucose levels, serum calcium levels, ser vit D levels. Ser Vit B12 levels
Doctor:Apart from this other tests like liver function tets, BUN, Ser Creatinine, tHYROID PROFILE CAN BE DONE
Doctor:After getting these tests done, we can start him on some vitamin and iron supplements
Doctor:Also he may take high calorie food to gain the lost weight
Doctor:Can you tell me his weight?
User:aprox 9.3kg
Doctor:Give me a min to check his percentile on chart
Doctor:He is at 30th percentile for his age
Doctor:Which is within normal range for weight
User:our dr is itself ped gasteroenterologist, he told your baby is quite active so u need not to worry regarding the weight. and sir we also fell that our baby is so much naughty he can't seat for a single min. he always roming.
Doctor:Thus I am not really concerned at present, but he should not lose weight in future
Doctor:What was his weight at birth/
User:yes sir.
Doctor:What was his weight at birth?
User:it was 3.4 kg
Doctor:So he is going down the percentiles on the growth chart
Doctor:You do need to take care of his weight
User:ok sir
User:ans ame to our Dr and ask for blood test.
Doctor:Let us get the tests done to see if he is lacking in some nutrients
User:means we should again consult to dietician .
Doctor:Not the dietician
Doctor:But the pediatrician
Doctor:You may followup with dietician regularly otherwise
Doctor:Do you have any question here?
User:ok sir thanks for ur suggestion we will follow the same.
User:thanks Good night.
Doctor:Just another piece of advice
User:yes please
Doctor:Give him food every 3 hours and do not force food
Doctor:Go easy on milk
Doctor:Only 500 ml milk is needed in a day for a 1 yr old
User:ok sir. thanks
Doctor:Thanks for consulting
Doctor:Take care
User:but our dietician suggest for not more than 350ml of milk in a day
Doctor:That is the average
Doctor:Mostly it is hard to keep the kid away from milk
User:so we follow for 300-350 ml of milk in a day
User:yes sir u r right.
Doctor:That is good
Doctor:That is why I usually go for 500 ml
Doctor:The best rule is to first offer solid food
Doctor:and then water
Doctor:Give milk only 2 - 4 times a day
User:ok sir we will take care of ur advise.
User:thanks a lot
Doctor:Thank for consulting me
Doctor:Take care
User:thanks gud night
Doctor:Good night
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