Constantly sick and no explanation from Dr.

Alana - posted on 02/24/2010 ( 19 moms have responded )

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My son just turned a year old and since he was 5 months we have been battling a runny nose, congestion, and a cough. I've taken him to the doctor several times (and to several doctors) and they all tell me to just give him some tylonol and some childrens allergy. Even when I've said "NO, LISTEN TO ME! HE'S SICK!" They just brush me off as an over-protective mom. What do I do?

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Kate - posted on 05/12/2013

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10 month old has been sick since birth he has had runny nose cough and chest seems congested have seen at least 8 docs all saying he is fine getting sick of it want to know what is wrong

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Georgina - posted on 02/28/2010

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I agree with a lot of the Mom's here. My son was 1 1/2 & kept on getting colds & coughing & the Dr kept on ignoring me & my Son's symptoms. I switched Pediatritians & my Son had allergies & asthma. He's 3yrs old now & doing much better. Although I never tried takeing him to a Chiropracter... I'll b doing that soon & hopefully there's a difference.

Thank's Mom's! All GREAT suggestions!

Lynne - posted on 02/26/2010

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My daughter spent about 5 mos sick before her 1st birthday and started again this year in Sept. and was sick with a chronic cough (sometimes runny nose) and I kept taking her to the doc and to the doc. Finally, the new pediatrician suggested she might have allergies and put her on an allergy med (she's 2 now) and she amazingly got better! Darn those guys and gals that say kids can't have allergies before 2. They are wrong. Her cough continued to return and continued to get worse and worse. Finally, a specialist diagnosed her with asthma and put her on the right meds. Finally she is better. Your motherly gut is right. There is no one in the world who will advocate for your child but you!!!! Keep pushing if you think it's right.

Yashante - posted on 02/26/2010

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My son and daughter had the same thing..it would go away and return in a couple of weeks..kept my son out of daycare a lot!

I started taking both of my kids a pulmonologist ( I think I spelled it right) and they helped a great deal..i got so tired of giving then antibiotics or medicine that was not helping. Turns out they treated them for asthma related symptoms and they have been sooo healthy...Just check it out...

Hope he gets better!

By the way my son was premature 2.14 when he was born and daughter 8.2 but both had the same illness.

Kristy - posted on 02/26/2010

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My little girl is adopted form a biological mother who is a drug addict. She was born health but got sick at 10 months and it was all down hill from there. I had to even take her 2000kms away to a dr that would take her tonsils out at 22 months because where i live dont belive in it for her age she lived on antibiotics for over 4 months and wouldnt gain any weight. I know extra doses of meds can cause prolems and some parents are actually over dosing with out even knowing as they dose per age not weight which is what i have to do. My little girl is off to see a heart specialist next as they now think its her heart maybe a hole or some other problem. I have a hard time because teh mother was never noted as a drug user at the hospital so they dont always look at her as a drug baby.

Its a very long hard road but i know i need to do it for her so she can lead a normal life with out knowing the cause of her symptoms hanging over her head undiagnosed

Liz - posted on 02/26/2010

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Sounds like he may have a food allergy. Is he breast fed or formula? Possible milk allergy? Has he started solids yet? If so can you remember if it coincided with the onset of his symptoms? If your Dr. isn't meeting your expectations, get a new one! It can be a hassle, but you want someone who listens to you. You know your child better than any doctor, follow those Mommy Instincts! HTH

Iridescent - posted on 02/26/2010

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I do understand exactly what it's like to know something is wrong and be put off by the doctors. I had to demand 4 referrals for my youngest, they kept saying she's fine, she'll develop later, only to find out no she is NOT fine and likely will die within a few months or years. But there are many other parents with a typical healthy child that keep bringing them to the ER for nothing more than attention to the parent.

The wording on your recommendation regarding Tylenol and Nurophen (Ibuprofen) was unclear, which is why I put the clarification on there. It looked like you said even if it's given at home they can give more in the ER safely because it can't cause harm; that's not correct.

Just use your judgement; are you doing this for her, or for attention for you? Is something really wrong?

Kristy - posted on 02/26/2010

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Hi sorry for this but i need to point out something. This is for Amy, if she had read what i wrote properly then she would have seen that actually said nothing about giving extra doses of tylonol and nurofen. What i said was we all dose our kids at home trying to manage but when we give in and take them to the ER they tell you nothing is wrong because they arent seeing what your child is really like as they have no temp at the time. What i said to do was actually hold off dosing take him in to the ER with the temp and let them dose him, this way they get to see the bigger picture. Any mother that has a little one that has been sick for months or even years on end really starts getting sick of drs telling them nothing is wrong mainly because these drs do get to see if because we do our part and treat the symptoms. I know that excess use of these will cause issues and people should read all thats written first as i didnt recommend extra use at all.

My little girl has had very few invasive test, i certainly dont classify 5 blood tests and 2 nasal swabs over a period of over 3 years invasive. Particularly when they detect the virus she has at the time and its usually something that daycare centres need to be notified of so its simply needed so that other parents can have the heads up when their little ones start getting sick. We have also not been near an ER in nearly a year, i gave up on them and get a lot more help out of my local GP who has known her since birth and agrees something is not right. The ER suggestion was for use when you cant get to your dr quickly as we all know it cant take days to get into a dr and when your child's has been running a temp or 40.5(dont know the conversion)for 2 days and hullicinating in her sleep you want help now not in two days time.

People that havent been through this sort of thing cant possibly know how frustrating it is. My little girls Peads dr has said to me very clearly that there is something wrong with her but even they are having a hard time working it out. It has now been over 3 years and visits to other Peads specialists to rule out all different things. When you are told by a Peads dr that they think your child is sick enough to need a blood test to rule out a tumor you get scared as hell. When they come back clear and they say we think it might be her heart you freak out as well. But even after all this i know now that because they have been able to see her close to her sickest that all they are doing will help in the long run. Us mothers simply know when something is NOT right and we need to listen to that and push drs at time because simply put they dont always have the time to listen to another mother complaining over a runny nose

Toni - posted on 02/26/2010

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for the first year of my sons life, i thought he constanly had a cold, runny nose and congestion, I finally took him to an allergist and he has been taking Singular since he was 18 months old. they tested him and he was allergic to dog and cat dander and dust mites, he is so much better since then, and he is now 9 years old and very healthy.
he only gets a cold 1 or twice a year and there has never been any other problems.
I would think about taking your son to an allergist, just my opinion.
best of luck to you and your son,
Toni

Iridescent - posted on 02/26/2010

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Excess Tylenol and Ibuprofen WILL cause harm! Never overdose! Extra Tylenol causes liver failure, and extra Ibuprofen causes kidney failure. This is NOT acceptable. If your child is simply running a fever and has a cold, maybe it's time to back off the ER visits and invasive tests because you are doing much more harm than good. It's a disorder of the parent at that point, not the child.

Kristy - posted on 02/26/2010

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I know what it feels like and you get the to the dr and they act all fine which doesnt help. I would ask your dr to look at a nasal swab test for any viruses, he may have had RSV or Adenio virus. Both of these have long lasting side effects and are mainly congestion and cough that wot respond to allergy meds anyway. Also make sure they check his tonsils and ears very closely as they are all connected and need to be monitored for any infections. Dont use antibiotics unless you have no other choice you dont want to go messing with the immune unless you cant help it. If he has swollen tonsils they will make him sick pretty much all the time after the first case of it. They also go onto effect the adeniods which then creats to much mucus which will run from his nose to his chest clogging things along the way.

Try also both the Chiro and a natropath they are fantastic, some AUS drs are actually suggesting that all babies should see a chiro straight after birth because of how traumatic it is for them. His teeth are also a good point does he have them all, if not teething can cause this and last forever. I have a niece who would end up on antibiotis all the time took them over 6 weeks to work out it happened ever time she cut a tooth the nose would go green and she would seem full of the flu.

You may also want to look at the allergy possibility, when you do use anything for them make sure to also use Tylonol at the same time as this makes the allergy meds work better. I would also look at starting him on a multi vitamin they can help balance out things.

I have fought long and hard with my little girls health issues and it took 3 years for the drs to simply say "ok there is something going on but we just dont know what" she is still undergoing alot of tests to rule things out. It is very frustrating, one thing i learnt early is if her has a temp and you can take him into the ER while he has it. Dont treat it yourself but claim you did, they will give him more of either tylonol or nuroefen it wont harm him in an real way and it gets you seen sooner generally.

I would also try propping him to sleep, the best way to do this so you get a full length prop is fold a large folded up blanket under the top of his mattress dont add a second pillow it does work with little one. If you incline the mattress you incline him more effectively. Good luck and stick with your instincts

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It is very rare for an infant to develop seasonal allergies at such a young age. Has your child gotten all of their teeth? Teething can wreak havoc on their sinus' and with teething it is not uncommon to have a fever, but usually not over 101.F If all the teeth are in and that is not a possibility, I would suggest chiropractic treatment. They work wonder's on baby's! Good luck

Becky - posted on 02/25/2010

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With it being ongoing like that, my first thought is allergies as well. It could be a dairy allergy, or you could have some allergens in your house. Do you have pets? Like Abbie said, could it be mold? Dust? Does anyone in your life regulary smoke around your baby? Just keep pressing the doctors for answers, find another doctor if you have to. You could try removing all dairy from his diet - or from yours if you're breastfeeding him - for a start, and see if that makes any difference. That should probably be done in consultation with a dr. though, to make sure he's still getting all the nutrition he needs.

Abbie - posted on 02/25/2010

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Yep trust your mommy gut!! Ok my first thought is to take him to a chirporactor. If spinal nerves are pinched or not getting the flow they need, it can cause sickness. 2nd thought............how old is your house. Is there a possiblity of lead paint? Mold? any of that can cause the issues you are refering too.

Keep at it til you get an answer, but i take my son to a chiropractor every few months and he will be 2 in april, he has had 3 colds in his life!!!!!

Colleen - posted on 02/25/2010

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I can recommend that you seek out a nature path. I am not sure about the spelling on that but they will definately have a diffferent take on your situation. I have also heard that dairy allergies have similar symtoms. Best of luck with that. sincerely

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Hi Alana, follow your instincts. If you feel there's a problem, even a minor one, doctors should be listening to you.



Take your little boy to a paediatrician or an immunologist. I'm unfamiliar with your health care system - do you need a referral to go to see a specialist?. If you do, jump up and down till your doctor gives you one. It's your son, so don't be put off by doctors who refuse to listen to you!



All the best, and I hope your little boy gets better.

Joanna - posted on 02/24/2010

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My son had also been sick for several months in a row and the doctors kept giving him antibiotics, I would give him tylenal, but nothing seemed to make him better. I finally took my son to the chiropractor were we learned his neck had been out of alignment (from his delivery and the normal falls a baby has). He only had to go twice and he was health again! The neck controls the nervous system, just in turn helps regulate the immune system. Also, antibiotics can wipe out the immune system of children. So if he was put on anitbiotics, you might look into a probiotic. This will put "healthy" bacteria back into your son's system to help fight illnesses. You can find probiotics specific for children, you will have the best luck finding them at a natural food store or health store. Good luck. I know it is hard having a baby that constantly doesn't feel good.

Iridescent - posted on 02/24/2010

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This is a very common sign of a milk allergy. Your intuition is a great flag, and trust it. Sometimes sickness is caused by the body reacting to itself or to diet though instead of to a virus or bacteria.

September - posted on 02/24/2010

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Have you consider the fact that he may have allergies? If I were you I would take him to see an allergist or an immunologist. Good luck and best wishes!

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