A.G. asks from Willard, NC on February 19, 2008
Children Suffering with Asthma and Pneumonia
My daughter is 6years old and she has had pneumonia 4 times in 6 months. We had blood work done and her ch50 and igg came back very low, only thing is I have know idea what that means. Her doctor told me to make an appointment with a Allergie doctor which she has seen 3 years ago. If you know anything about blood work that deals with ch50 or igg please let me know. Thank you
D.B. answers from Nashville on February 20, 2008
A., does she have an immune disorder? CH50 and IGG (immunoglobulin G are parts of the immune system in the human body. Deficiencies in these could mean an immune system problem. You might want to get a referral to someone that deals in immunity.
N.H. answers from Greensboro on February 20, 2008
I do not know about the blood tests, but I do know that a lot of kids who are always sick are helped thru supplementation. I have been with Shaklee Corporation for 25 years now and have helped a lot of families with sickness issues. I have 3 teenagers and they are rarely sick thanks to all I have learned over the last 25 years. Please feel free to call me at ###-###-#### or visit my website at www.shaklee.net/nancyhull Take care and hang in there!
L.W. answers from Jackson on February 20, 2008
Wow, I just had my friend sigh me up for this so this is my first day to receive this email and it must have been a "God thing" because my son had an IGG deficiency and was sick constantly. The best advice I can give you is to give him echinacea (gummy form) daily, lots of Vitamin C and keep him away from anyone sick or where you know lots of people are such as ballgames, Walmart, church, etc. Church is one of the worst places to take a child that gets sick easily because people go to church sick because they do not want to miss. My husband and I rotated every other Sunday with our other child because by Tuesday Jacob was sick if we took him to church. Hopefully your child will outgrow it. We went to an allergist and he did allergy testing and it showed us things he was highly allergic to that we knew to avoid such as cats and feathers. We had to get rid of our outdoor cat because you still track in dander from the outdoors. Also, we started using a humidifier every night and kept our house temperature on 68 degrees year round. There are some kids that don't outgrow their IGG deficiency and if that is the case you will have to get a shot periodically to give the child the immune they need. They just drew blood out of his arm (at elbow) and that was the way they tested the IGG and it slowly got in the normal range. Our doctor told us that even when Jacob got in the normal range he would still be quick to get sick and it would most always be respiratory and that has been the case. In fact, he had mono a year ago. Be sure your child takes vitamins and eats healthy. Good luck and I will keep you in our prayers. Let me know how things turn out! Be sure you get the pneumonia and flu vaccinnes!God bless - L. Williams
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A.G. answers from Raleigh on February 19, 2008
Hi A.. I don't know about that specific blood work, but we had to take my 2yo son to an allergy/asthma specialist after blood work at the family doc. It may just mean something about her immunity is low.
We did the big allergy test where they poke their back, and although I didn't want him to go through that (I've had it done before and its a pain)...it was definately worth it. It helps narrow down their allergies so you can be aware, and to help make environmental changes at home.
My son has asthma really bad, we know all about the hospitalizations, he had to be rushed to the hospital via ambulance from daycare b/c of trying to crash.
It is so scary for us mommas when our babies can't breathe....I feel ya. Plus, its more frustrating when docs won't diagnose a child with asthma b/c of insurance problems they will run into. I went round and round with our docs, and the last straw for me was having him in the e.r. three times in 2 days then rushing by ambulance. I was persistent and told them my son won't risk dying b/c they won't diagnose him correctly. Needless to say, it got fixed.
The specialist should do a fantastic job of setting you up with asthma meds and allergy. Our son was put on Allegra (then Zyrtec), Albuterol and Pulmacort nebulizer treatments 3x/day, a nose spray (Veramist), and Albuterol inhaler as needed. It is alot, but it made a world of difference very quickly.
I hope they help you and your daughter, just be persistent and don't let them brush you off. :)
Sorry this is so long..I didn't expect for it to be so blabby! I am pretty passionate about this issue in children. :)
Hope this helps...good luck!
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T.G. answers from Memphis on February 20, 2008
I have a daughter that is also always sick with respiratory issues and allergy stuff. She's allergic to nickle?! But we haven't delt with blood work, yet. I just wanted to say that I hope you find the answers that your looking for and that if you need anyone to chat with I would be more than happy to listen and maybe even find answers myself. I am calling today to make an appt for my dd for her skin issues.
W.M. answers from Louisville on February 20, 2008
I have found in battling this myself, that it is profitable to doctors, hospitals to be sick. Drs get kick backs from phar companies. Yes, there are some medicines that are necessary, but you also have a lot of docs who know nothing but to medicate and not figure out what is the underlying causes of the illness and make money off of people who are sick.
I am just throwing a little of what I know out there. I mean no disrespect and do not mean to offend anyone. This is what I found to be true. Dairy of any kind and the mucous it is something to avoid. We are the only mammals that still give milk after being weaned. Chiropractic actually helped my daughter with chronic ear infections and my other with asthsma. I went to a lady who specialized in children with chronic illnesses. I restrict dairy intake, they are both taking vitamin C. They both take vitamins. I have a friend that has a daughter that has chronic asthma who does a number of holistic things. If you would like, I can ask her what all she does. Just let me know.
A LITTLE ABOUT ME:
I am 36 yo with a 9 yo daughter that HAD asthma and 5 1/2 yo daughter born with multiple heart defects called Tetralogy of Fallot. We live in a small town in Indiana. I have dogs, fish and a guinea pig we rescued from the shelter where we volunteer :-)
J.K. answers from Raleigh on February 20, 2008
Have you tried using non-toxic cleaning products? Believe it or not, the air in our homes is more toxic than the air we breath outdoors. And that is because all of the harmful chemicals that are in the products we are using every day in our homes. Asthma is up %400 in the last 10 years because our everyday household products are being made with more synthetic and harmful substances. I use products from a company called Melaleuca. They make more natural and non-toxic everyday household products that are safer for the environment and for your family. Let me know if you are interested and I'll be happy to tell you how you can purchase them. I know lots of kids who have completely come off their inhalers and asthma medications just by changing over to these products. J. K ____@____.com
S.C. answers from Memphis on February 20, 2008
I am no doctor nor an expert in nutrition, BUT I do know that prolonged exposure or use of an antibiotic should be counteracted with a probiotic. I mean the good stuff you buy in health food stores, something not synthetically produced , but natural. This will build up your daughter's immune system that is being compromised from staying on antibiotics for so long. My children have never had pneumonia or asthma, but we have dealt with some serious coughs that chiripractic can sometimes help with. If you find a good chiripractor they will also help you find the right nutritional supplements that will help your children stay healthy and keep your daughter from EVER getting pneumonia and alleviate asthma symptems. It is worth a shot and what have you got to lose. There are a lot of skeptics out there about nutrition and chiropractic, but I am a believer based on facts with my own children.
C.C. answers from Raleigh on February 20, 2008
A., I am so sorry that your daughter has been sick. I don't know what ch50 is, but my pediatrician says that kids wit IgG disorders can definitely have an allergic component influencing their health. My ped is Dr. Jill Dickerson of Growing Child PEdiatrics in Wake Forest. She is WONDERFUL (although I think she might be leaving town this summer) and I would recommend her if you are looking for a local pediatrician.
Allergy testing is a good start. I would definitely do the skin prick testing rather than the RAST testing. The skin prick testing is more reliable, in general.
My son has a very complicated allergic disorder so I know how difficult it is to deal with health issues. Please let me know how it goes.
T.S. answers from Lexington on February 20, 2008
I had asthma for many years and allergies as well. Although I've never had pneumonia. Then I found a wellness store, where I shop online or with an 800 # I save money and time on top of the fact that I no longer have asthma or problems with allergies. I no longer have to use a nebulizer, inhalers or singulair. I don't know what ch and igg are. I was always tested for the oxygen levels in my blood though. You can call me for the information on the great store I've found. Also they have a health savings card that will help with all you medical expenses too!