Is your preemie also sick alot?

Izelle - posted on 05/17/2010 ( 3 moms have responded )

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My daughter was born at 28 wks, due to me being diabetic her longs didn't mature at the right pace. We spent almost 9 weeks in NICU. She was a large baby, weighing in at 2.89kg(6.37 pounds) and 33 cm(12 inches). I was so lucky with her, she never got sick, no flu, no cold, not even a fever after her immunisations. Until she reached one year. she is 2 and 4 mnths now and has been in the hospital 9 times with pneumonia, She is sick all the time, running nose, heavy cough, heavy slimy chest, and sometimes watery eyes. I'm taking her to my Pediatrician once a month for a check up but he can't seem to find anything wrong with her. We are at the GP at least twice a month and I'm also using the nubelizer on her every night. I can't even risk leaving her hair to dry on it's own after I washed it, cause I can know for shure that we will be visiting the ER within 24 hrs, or even let her outside without shoes, it's so hard to even plan weekends away from home, cause I'll never know how she is going to be by the weekend.

I would like to know, because this is what my Pead said, Is it because she was prem? I meen she is almost 2 and half and she reached all her milestones and such in time, with out problems. Can this realy be because she was prem and had a condition called TTN or respiratory distress syndrome.

Is there anyone with the same problem?

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Jennifer - posted on 05/18/2010

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It is very commen for preemies to be sick more often throughout thier lives. And those with respitory issues continue to have issues all thier lives. I was not preemie but have been asthmatic since I was 2yrs old. As a child I was sick ALOT! There are so many triggers to respitory illnesses! Things got better after puberty and I have read that hormones and hormonal changes affect asthma and respitory issues, so you can probably count on times of growth to worsen issues.
My son was a 29wker and his issues have all been upper respitory (sinuses, runny noses, throat, etc.) He di okay until he hit about 18m. and then was sick every two weeks at 25m he had his adnoids out and we got his allergies under control and it made a HUGE differance. Since Jan. though (actually Dec. he was sick over cmas) he has again been sick about every two weeks, same type things. We went back to the allergist, back to the ENT, and are back to experimanting with ways to control his allergies. We are doing a blood test for allergies at his 4yr appt. in two weeks. I am hopeful we can again find what works and get things back under control.
It is the same with me though, my asthma worsens if my allergies worsen, so my advice would be to find a pediatric specialist; asthma/allergy & ENT. Go through your pedi so that they can all coordinate.
I hope things get better. I understand the stress of it!!! My son never "acts" sick when he is sick, so I keep him at home and he's so full of energy it is torture to us all! LOL! People (family included) think I'm crazy when I say, "No he CANNOT go ride his bike even for five minutes! I KNOW he doesn't seem sick but you weren't up with him all last night and he does have a 102 temp!!!" Or if I know something is coming up like a trip or school activity so I deny other activities like going swimming or out in poor weather with grandparents (who don't aleays follow instructions ;-)) so that he will not chance getting sick and have to miss out on the more important activity.
Keep advocating and trying things. It maybe what it is but it may not HAVE to be that way forever!!!

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MARTINA - posted on 06/26/2010

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MY DAUGHTER ALSO GETS SICK ALOT ANS ME N THE FATHER IS NOT TOGETHER N WHEN SHE GOES OVER THERE WITH THEM THEY ALWAYS WONDERS WHY SHE SICK.... ITS COMMON THO FOR THEM TO GET SICK THO

Brandy - posted on 05/22/2010

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im not really sure whats going on here but if your dr is using prematurity as an excuse not to run more tests etc.... i would get a second opinion, it seems to me that even if it is due to ttn or respiratory distress syndrome there should be a way to treat it or at least some advice on what to do to decrease these episodes

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