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Child has frequent cold. Taking antibiotics. Primary complex chances?

My daughter is 5yr old, falling sick due to cold(mild tonsilitus) every month. iam worried bcos i had primary complex in my child hood. how to identify? every month iam giving her antibiotics as she has mild temperature. she is not gaining weight too. 16.6kgs now. what r all the possibilities? As i know she is not feeling any stomach problem. every month it comes on the same date. pls help
Tue, 12 Mar 2013
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Pediatrician 's  Response
Hi,
Thank you for your query on Healthcare Magic,
Dont worry.
Repeated cold is due to frequent exposure to viruses causing rhinitis or due to some allergy.
Primary complex doesn't present with repeated cold.
Don't give antibiotics without prescription and sipmle cold doesn't require any antibiotic as it is usually caused by a virus or due to allergy.
Just symptomatic treatment is required with oral antihistamines like cetirizine or chlorpheniramine.
If you want to rule out Primary complex, you can go for CBP, ESR, Mantoux testing, and chest x ray after consulting your Pediatrician.
Primary complex of your childhood doesn't lead to primary complex in the child if you are treated promptly and if you don't have tuberculous problem (especially lung involvement) since her birth.
For weight gain give balanced and nutritious diet daily.
Hope I have answered your query, if you have any querie you can consult me in future on Healthcare Magic.
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Pediatrician Dr. Indra Bhushan's  Response
Hi,
Thanks for asking
first of all stop worrying that in your childhood if u had primary complex so that your daughter can also have same , better look for close contact with known tuberculosis disease . Having frequent cold can have many other causes such as chronic sinusitis or asthma or even upper respiratory tract infections. Best way to deal with it is to go for proper investigations such as complete blood count , x ray chest, Mantoux tuberculin skin test and test for allergens with the help of a pediatrician and go for a proper diagnosis . Apart from that giving proper nutritious diet can also help in her health.
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