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3 yrs old suffering from recurrent cough, blocked nose at night. Is this serious ?

Hi, my son is 3 yrs old and he suffers from recurrent cough , high temp that goes up and down lasts for 4 or 5 days and nose is blocked specialt at night while sleepin.This occurs almost once every month since a year I went to many pediatricians and ETN they The last one said its sinusitis & after medication the same happens again, he doesn t take rest!!. They checked Tonsillis but nothing wrong with them. He was premature (8 months) baby is it related or smth but his growth development is very normal. Is it body immunity?? He walks barefoot at home even in winter( takes socks off all the time). is this gonna diminish when he grows up?? Or there is something serious?? And if so how can I know this cold is serious or just normal flu??? Plz help
Asked On : Wed, 21 Nov 2012
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Pediatrician, Critical Care 's  Response
Dear Sally

Thanks for posting your query here at Healthcaremagic.

Respiratory tract infections are common infection in first five years of life. Data worldwide has shown that most children suffer about 5-6 episodes of cough/cold/respiratory tract infection per year till 5-6 years of age. After that, with growth and development of immunity etc - the frequency of infection decreases.

Unless he had severe lung/breathing issues associated with premature birth, there is usually no direct correlation between premature birth and lung issues/recurrent infections.

It is quite possible that he suffers from allergy leading to recurrent cough and cold and then he gets an infection on top of it leading to high fever.

Signs of severe infection (lung) are:
1. Very high grade fever
2. Breathing difficulties - breathing as if he is panting
3. Unable to talk/speak words
4. Very very sleepy and not easily arousable.

In summary:
1. Respiratory tract infections are common during this age group
2. Frequency do diminsh as they grow older
3. I've mentioned about serious signs to watch out for during an episode of infection. In presence of any such signs or anything alarming/unusual you've noticed, It would be advisable to see a Pediatrician.

I hope most of your doubts have been resolved.

Do come back if you have any further queries

Dr Tejas Shah
Answered: Wed, 21 Nov 2012
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