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Child gets cold and flu with weather change, breath smells bad during cold. Is it normal?

Hi Doc I have a 4 year old daughter who is very susceptible to colds and flu s. A sudden change in weather temperature, she starts sneezing resulting into a cold. At 6 months old she was admitted to hospital and treated for acute bronchitis . Everytime she gets a cold her breath is smelly, it goes away after she is treated. Is her breath a cause for worry or is it normal for her to have a smelly breath when she has a cold or flu.
Asked On : Sat, 22 Sep 2012
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Dear Sibandembali, hello
Young children are prone to recurrent infections especially upto 5 years due to low immunity. If your daughter is having bronchitis she is allergic to cold and will face the problem whenever there is change in season. Foul smell breath may be due to some secondary infection of the upper respiratory tract during allergic episodes of cold.
Try to take precautions whenever season changes. Give her fresh fruits and vegetables as they are protective foods and help to develop immunity. Also encourage her to drink plenty of pure filtered water .
Teach her the habbit of always washing hands before eating anything whether in school or at home. This will prevent majority of infections.
I hope your daughter if fully vaccinated according to her age.
I hope this is of help to you. Thank you and take care.
Answered: Sat, 22 Sep 2012
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