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What is the remedy for recurring cough, cold and wheezing in an infant ?

My 9 month old has been having very frequent severe cough ,cold and a bit of wheezing which we ve been treating with antibiotics at different times. A pediatrician diagnosed respiratory tract infection the last time he was down with it. He was treated with antibiotics again and he even started him on ventolin . A week after, now,he s down with the same cough, cold and wheezing again. what do u suggest i do? im not sure we should start antibiotics again since the last time he was given gentamicin IV and ceftraxone( just about 2 weeks ago) the doctor also started him on ventolin when he was discharged from the hosp and he just completed the 2weeks he was told to use it. pls note that when he coughs,its so much that he throws up his meals.
Asked On : Thu, 19 Apr 2012
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Pediatrician, Infectious Diseases 's  Response
Welcome to Healthcare Magic forum.
I understand your concern and appreciate your efforts as a vigilant parent .
It seems that your child has a wheeze associated respiratory infection or probably an allergic hyperresponsiveness of airways (similar to asthma).
Most common causes in infants for such symptoms are a viral bronchiolitis which is often self resolving or improves with supportive treatment.
Since your child was given iv antibiotics , I assume his doctor had diagnosed a bacterial pneumonitis significant enough for prescribing intravenous medications.
Ventorlin is a bronchodilator and may provide symptomatic relief in any of the above mentioned conditions however for a definite cure , a thorugh investigational workup and confirmation of diagnosis is mandatory.
This can be done by consulting your pediatrician or chest physician who will examine (auscultate) the child, order tests like xrays, blood tests_complete blood counts, esr. , mantoux test,and if needed high resolution ct scan of chest to confirm the diagnosis.
Meanwhile for symptomatic relief, bronchodilator and steroid nebulisation can be given to the child if the doctor indicates as per auscultation.
Apart from this cough expectorants, antihistamines , multivitamins and zinc supplements can also be given .
You should ensure good hydration by giving plenty of fluids and a nutritious diet to your child.
This helps in early recovery.
Hope I have answered your query.
Answered: Thu, 19 Apr 2012
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General & Family Physician Dr. Ananya Reddy's  Response
hi there,

you haven't mentioned whether your baby is active or not,whether he is feeding well,how is his growth pattern,his weight(is it low?)
does he turn blue after an episode of crying?
is every episode of cold & cough is accompanied with fever?
repeated attacks of respiratory tract infection(cough,cold,wheezing) could be a sign of heart disease most likely or he could be allergic to dust,pollen ,animal dander..

i would suggest you keep your surroundings extra clean and make a visit to a cardiologist to rule out a heart problem.

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