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Child has fever, cold, cough, vomiting. Need help

Hi- my daughter is 5. She gets sick with a high fever usually for 5-7 days, cold symptoms, cough and vomiting every month from Oct - Ap.. She has missed 6 weeks of school. She is fine for a couple of weeks, then symptoms start again for a week- then it's real bad for another full week.. Dr. Keeps telling us it's virus's and she is building her immune system. It's very frustrating.
Asked On : Wed, 24 Apr 2013
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Pediatrician 's  Response
Feb 2013

Thank you for your query on Healthcare Magic.

Frequent upper respiratory tract infections are common in children below the age of 6 years because of frequent exposure to organisms and low immunity to common pathogens.

After 6 years they usually acquire immunity to most of the strains of pathogens and show resistance to the infecting organisms including bacteria and viruses.

That is the reason for low infection rates in regular school going children.

Nothing to worry and give symptomatic treatment whenever is required after consulting your Pediatrician.

Encourage her to wash hands frequently.

Avoid exposure to smoke, dust, pollution, and to people with cold and cough.

Vaccinate her as per her routine schedule.

Hope I have answered your query.

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Pediatrician Dr. Y V Siva Sankara Murty's  Response

Thanks for writing to health care magic.

What are the other complaints your kid is having?

Is there any weight loss during this period?

Are these episodes associated with chills and rigors?

It is usual for children in that age group to have recurrent episodes of infections and fever.
But if a child is missing school for such a long duration and have so many recurrent episodes we may have to investigate your baby after proper examination.

Hope this helps.
Take care.
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Pediatrician Dr. Balaji Chinnasami's  Response
Hi dear,
Children are prone for cough cold frequently and upto eight episodes per year is considered normal. Especially school going children contract infection from other children as viral infections are highly infectious. Sometimes tonsils can result in frequent cough cold. So just discuss with your doctor about this.
As long as your daughter is gaining weight well, as long as it doesnt cause pneumonia and breathing difficulty you need not worry much. She will be better.

Dr. Balaji Chinnasami MD
Assistant Professor, Pediatrics
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