my son keeps geting sick

Amanda - posted on 01/12/2010 ( 16 moms have responded )

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my son just turned 6 on the 11th of last month & 3 days befor his b-day he got sick. i fond out it was strep. he was on the meds for the 10day then like a week later i had to tack him back in for the samething. now it is starting all over agen. what should i ask my dr. about cuz i think that if they put him on the same thing he will just get sick in 3 weeks agen

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Jennifer - posted on 01/17/2010

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I used to get strep throat a lot, then later (as an adult) started getting bronchitis a lot instead. Then I cut out dairy and gluten to help my son, who was having some symptoms of food allergy (and I was breastfeeding). My chronic bronchitis, asthma, and stuffy nose all went away. I also started taking cod liver oil for vitamin D and taking extra, but I really think it was the food elimination that helped. Now, if I have ice cream or a lot of other dairy, I come down with what seems like a cold and sore throat. Not sure how that's possible, but that's what happens for me. Of course, each person is different and reacts to different foods, but I've heard that wheat and dairy are common triggers for a lot of folks. My doctors had never mentioned it, and like I said I'd only cut them out because of my son (several moms I'd met had found that their babies became much less fussy after cutting out wheat and dairy, and also they recommended it for helping to fight oral thrush, which he also had).
Hope you find some answers for your son. It is no fun to be sick all the time (or the parent of a child who gets sick a lot).

Kim - posted on 01/17/2010

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My 7 year old had the same problem last year he had strep throat 4 or 5 times last year then ended up in hospital with pnuemonia. He got strep throat 4 the 1st time just b4 his 7th birthday, it is just a bacteria that can be picked up from anywhere all i can say is have alot of patience with drs and ur son.

Denise - posted on 01/17/2010

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Well his age as a lot to do with the factor that he is getting sick a lot... When my children started school at 6, they got the same thing over and over... I might be wrong, but you or your family members might be a carrier and that is why he is getting it over or it might be a child in his class.. Every yr. his immune system will get stronger and better... Good Luck!!

Candice - posted on 01/16/2010

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I have had problem with strep all my life..I think taking the tonsels out is a great idea! I wish the military would have done it to me as a child. They did it to my brother and it almost stoped him from getting sick!

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Ask your doctor about an anti-fungal to go along with the antibiotic, and you can give him over the counter probiotics daily. I'm def. not a dr. but have read a lot. Probiotics just line the gut with good bacteria so the bad ones have nowhere to grow. The anitbiotics kill off ALL bacteria, good and bad because they don't recognize the difference. So, 1st he needs some good put back in - I get my kids' probiotics on www.vitacost.com they are Animal Parade and chewable grape. 1 in the morning. The anitfungal would kill off overgrowth of yeast caused by the antibiotics.

Amy - posted on 01/15/2010

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When my children (all 8 of them) get strep, the dr. recommends buying a new tooth brush, because tooth brushes can reintroduces the infection. I'd try that and then talk about removing his tonsils.

Karen - posted on 01/14/2010

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A friend of mine's son was sick a lot when he was younger and didn't sleep well. They finally removed his tonsils and adenoids and he's been OK ever since. I know that when we were young Dr's would say that if you had (3 I think) bouts of strep or tonsilitis within a specific time they would remove the tonsils. My brother made it to 2 and then was OK until just past the time limit. I definitely think the tonsil thing is something to look into.

Shelly - posted on 01/14/2010

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Three Letter's ENT Ask your doctor for a referal and if they tell you to do allergy testing first or to try more Antibiotics Tell your Dr. you will as soon as you see the ENT. when kids are constantly on antibiotics it breaks their immune system down and there's not a vitamin or anything else to rebuild fast enough not to Mention with Strep the fevers get scary High.. We played the let's try this game for almost a year Delaney was sick everytime she was not on medication.. She's been sick 3 times since her surgery. She was 5 and she'll be 8 in March;) Let me know if you end up going. I wish you luck and send you prayers;)

Kalah - posted on 01/14/2010

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It may be more than just a strep problem. When my son was really young he stayed sick constantly. Even with all of the medication it never really went away. He even came up with mono at age 3! We presented all of the evidence to our doctor and an additional ear nose and throat specialist and concluded that the best thing to do was to have his tonsils and adenoids removed. He had the surgery when he was about 4. It was so quick and and a very fast recovery. He is almost eight now and rarely gets sick at all. If your son has been sick with strep several times over the past year and it just seems to be getting worse, talk to your doctor and see an ear nose and throat specialist to see if a tonsillectomy will be worth it. I think you'll find that it is.

Jennifer - posted on 01/14/2010

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Have his vitamin D level tested -- that can be a cause of immune problems.

Amanda - posted on 01/13/2010

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him geting sick is a new thing on 12/12/09 i took him to the er for a step rash. his dad had to talk him into the er on 12/24/09 for the samething. today i took him to the dr & it is strep agen.



he eats really good fresh fruit & thing like tha. they tested his blood at wic & they said that he does not need vitamin. so i don't really know i'm thing about talkin to my dr about tacking his tonsils out

Tally - posted on 01/13/2010

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I am not a doctor, but I am a mom of 5 kids, and I have done some research over the years. In my opinion.. you need to strengthen your son's immune system, or he'll continue to get sick. In addition ...the meds really mess up the proper bacteria levels in the gut. So you will need to also give him probiotics to restore the good bacteria.

I recommend vitamins. But be aware that most vitamins on the market are a waste of money. The best ones I found and this is what I use are called Koala Pals - part of the Vitality For Life vitamin line. I give my children these vitamins because they have been clinically proven to absorb into the blood stream.... and actually make it to the cells. I can provide you information on this if you would like.
My 4 year old hasn't been sick in over a year... except for one very short ( 2 day) very mild cold. Our doctor only sees her once a year for her well visits. Her immune system is strong because her body received the daily nutrients and anti- oxidants that she needs ( most of us do not get this from our diets)

I pray your son gets well soon,

warmly,

Tally
www.LiveTotalWellness.com/tally

Autumn - posted on 01/13/2010

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Give him fresh fruit smoothies every morning. I started drinking them every day 2 years ago & haven't been sick since!

Catherine - posted on 01/13/2010

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Strep is a bacterial infection, so you may want to look at the habits that keep introducing strep in your child. Is it strep throat, which means that it's introduced orally, or is it something in the blood - which warrants deeper investigation?



At 6, I hope he's too old to be picking up random things and sticking them in his mouth. However, it's still in the age for finger/thumb sucking, so he might be touching dangerous things and then sucking the strep into his body.



Ask your doctor about prevention. Do some research into the places Strep likes to breed in and eliminate every vector you can. Likewise, you might want to get this particular breed of Strep analyzed... it could be antibiotic resistant and springing back after you finish the antibiotics.



Everyone given antibiotics should finish the entire course! Not doing so can breed up resistant strains of bacteria, deadly to everyone. We're running short of antibiotics that are effective because people stop taking the medicine when they think they're cured. It's very serious stuff.

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