Unhealthy baby

Lisa - posted on 03/31/2009 ( 16 moms have responded )

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My third child, who is almost 6 months, is on her third round through a bad cough. I took her to the emergency when she had croup a month and a half ago and took her to the doctor 2 weeks after that because she was still coughing. She had one week where she was healthy and now has a cough/runny nose again. Is this something that just comes with having 2 older children and being out and about, or should I be more insistent and get her more thouroughly checked out? She still seems to function fine. Still plays, smiles and eats well. She does take longer naps during the day when she is sick though. Any suggestions would be great. We never have all the answers...every child is so different. I just feel bad when I get cetain looks from people when she coughs and sounds so horrible. Let me know what you think. Thanks.

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Orangegloves - posted on 04/15/2009

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My gp told us that until they are three, children average one infection a month. We've gone 8 weeks with no bugs with our 9 month old so I'm expecting chicken pox or something soon!!

Kylie - posted on 04/14/2009

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Hey I have a 2 year old and a 9 month old who both suffer from croup (which apparently is unpreventable and caused by sudden change of temperature) and my youngest had a nasty cough from about 6 months to 8 months after many different doctors I finally had someone tell me that it would either be whooping cough (which was tested for and came back negative luckily) or the cough can be caused by severe reflux. He put him on meds which seemed to make him spew more but now he is not spewing as much nor coughing as much...... (and we are finally getting occasional full nights of sleep) Also it may be asthma related however they cannot diagnose ashma until 2 years of age.  Good luck I know its frustrating when these so called "doctors" tell you there is nothing wrong when we as mothers no our kids  better than anyone

Keli - posted on 04/10/2009

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Hey Lisa! My son, now almost 7, was like that. He was sick for months with cold symptoms, etc. and was put on over 10 medications (prescription and over the counter during different times) before his doctor tested him for RSV. He was around 8 months old. He was positive and actually that night we got the news he ran a fever of 105.4 and was very lethargic. We took him to the ER and they gave him IV's and he was put on breathing treatments. I don't know if your baby has been tested for that, but the symptoms are like a cold so it is a little hard to diagnose without being tested, especially off season. We had a friend of a friend whose baby died of what they thought was SIDS but when the autopsy came back he had RSV and the baby had been at the dr. several times. Tragic story. Don't mean to alarm you, just want to make sure you cover all the basics! Good luck!

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I have three kids aged 8, 3 and 3. My youngest twin Tyler, is the sickest kid.  I think their big brother brought a lot home and Luke and Tyler would get sick. After they turned 3 last August, Luke seemed to get sick less frequently. Ty would get sick every time and hold onto it for at least 2 weeks. In October he had pneumonia, in late November he had bronchitis and had an ear infection in January. I have often wondered if part of it was his VSD at birth, although it was repaired at 4 months, but wonder if that affected his immune system more.



About three months ago I started Ty on High Protein Boost every morning - 1/2 a bottle with breakfast. A vitamin, and made sure he was eating more fruits and veggies. My hope was to help his immune system and also help him gain a little more weight before his 4 year check-up. I'm not sure if his immune system is finally kicking in or the changes I made for him are helping but three weeks ago Luke got stomach flu. The rest of us got it, all except Tyler. The flu was in the house for just shy of 2 weeks and Ty didn't get it. Amazing.



So maybe try some new things as the other posters suggested and see what works. :) Good luck. It is no fun having a child be sick all the time.

Carolyn - posted on 04/09/2009

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Quoting Maureen:

Since my third child all my kids have been more sick this year. Since February all three have had pink eye with ear infecions. My doctor did check for allergies in my oldest son just because he seems to be more congested than the other two. For your little one, I would recommend putting a humidifier in her room when she sleeps. That helped my kids when they were sick. Good Luck


  Yeesh, you too? We had a really, really bad run this February too. In the space of 10 days, we (2 kids and 2 adults) had 4 colds, 2 pink eyes, 2 chest infections, an ear infection, a sinus infection and strep throat. We were at the doctor's 5 times in 8 days!!



I think this year was worse than most, my youngest (now 6 months) has been sick tons too, and we don't go anywhere!!

Jennifer - posted on 04/07/2009

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Have you asked the doc about Zyrtec?  My 3 oldest kids have been on it through the allergy seasons since they were 6 months old.  5 mg once a day...some docs recommend mornings, some evenings.  I have also had perscriptions for Singular.  I also use Little Remedies Decongestant and Cough.  Of all the things I have used, this had been the best. 

Tina - posted on 04/06/2009

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Hi Lisa,



I only have one son and he gets the sniffles very rarely but it happens.  Thank God he has never gotten really sick.  I am confident that it is because I took an amazing nutritional whole food supplement during my pregnancy, while breast feeding and I began to put it directly in his food when he began solids.  It is recommended by thousands of doctors including very well known and respected Pediatricians such as Dr Jim Sears of the Doctor Show, his father Dr. William Sears, Dr David Katz, and Dr Paul Stricker.  It has also been researched by top hospitals and universities around the world and published in peer reviewed medical/scientific journals.  It is a great product for everyone...not just kids or just adults!!  I would love to share more information about this product with you so if you are interested you can email me at t.ayala78@yahoo.com and I will be glad to help!!  And I hope your little girl is doing better!! But there is a way of reducing the chances of her continuing to get sick so often.

Tara - posted on 04/01/2009

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Be more persistent. My girlfriends son has had a bad cough since birth and the doc's (several) kept telling her it's nothing, common cold, nasal drip etc... She was extremley persistent and it turned out he has Asthma (which he has a puffer for now)

Go with your gut, nothing beats Mother's Instinct!!!!

Bethany - posted on 04/01/2009

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Hey Lisa! I was just going to say pretty much what Rebecca just said about cleaning products. We use Simple Green for most things, and vinegar and baking soda work great too!

I have to disagree with a couple of the pps about the third child being sicker. I was the oldest and had asthma and food allergies, while my younger siblings had nothing wrong at all. Of course, we were home with mom most of the time so that may have had something to do with it.

Rebecca - posted on 04/01/2009

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Hi Lisa,



Have you thought about switching your household cleaning poducts over to ones that don't contain any chemicals?  I don't know what you have seen or heard about this, but I know doing this helped my family as well as several of my friends families.  There is a lot of really bad chemicals and toxins in the everday products we use.  Sodium Lauryl Sulfate, Sodium Laureth Sulfate, 1,4-Dioxane, Quarternium 15 (Q-15) just to name a few.  The 1,4-Dioxane and Quarternium 15 are found in most baby products and cause eye and respiratory irritation and can cause central nervous system problems.  The two sulfates cause skin irritation among other things.  Children because of their immune systems not being fully developed are much more sensitive to these things than adults. 



I have completey swithed my products over.  The products I'm using are amazing and don't cost any more than the leading store brands.  I'll be more than happy to tell you more about all of this if you are interested.  You can email me if you like.  rebeccamalcolm@live.com



All my best,



Rebecca

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My first child was the most unhealthy. Seems like your story, we were there for croup, ear infections, virus, etc. etc. etc. My third has been the most healthy, even with the exposure from his older sibling going to school. I bet the doctor has told you that coughs can last for 6 weeks or more...It will get better, hang in there. The stares you get maybe from other concerned parents thinking that their children may catch the same, but if you have been told it is ok to go out and about, go ahead. That is the only thing I would be worried about...if that baby is infectious or not. It will get better...hang in there. All babies are so different. In a few years, I am sure my youngest will get all the illness and my oldest son will be healthier than most..LOL.

Maureen - posted on 03/31/2009

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Since my third child all my kids have been more sick this year. Since February all three have had pink eye with ear infecions. My doctor did check for allergies in my oldest son just because he seems to be more congested than the other two. For your little one, I would recommend putting a humidifier in her room when she sleeps. That helped my kids when they were sick. Good Luck

Tara - posted on 03/31/2009

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Have you had her checked for allergies? I know that when I was little, a persistent cough was one of the signs I had of allergies/asthma.  Not necessarily what is going on, but it's worth checking out.

Sarah - posted on 03/31/2009

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i found this with my 3rd too but think it's cos older 2 bring it all home from school etc ! with coughs if it's chesty i've found steam to help the most put shower on in bathroom and sit in there for about 10 mins will clear it for a while :)

maybe some diluted orange juice to cos of vitamin c in it good for colds

Kelly - posted on 03/31/2009

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My mother swears that the further "down the line" the baby is, the less healthy they are. I don't know about that, but I can say I breastfed my youngest for fifteen months, and she still had excema, milk allergy, enlarged adenoids and tonsils, ear infections, bladder infections, you name it. And she has never attended daycare! She was also the only one of mine who ever had the croup (thank goodness she only had that once). I faithfully took prenatal vitamins, and even continued them as long as the dr. would allow while I was nursing her. So don't let the looks people give you make you feel bad, most of us who have kids (especially more than one) can totally relate! No matter what you do, some kids just get sicker than others. My youngest also had the flu this year, and no one else in the house did! We never even figured out where she caught it. Just keep telling yourself, they grow out of it! (We can hope).

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