C. asks from Charlotte, NC on November 13, 2007
Help - Sick Child for 7 Weeks Now...
My son Caleb has been sick for going on 8 weeks now. I have had him back to the doctor 6 times now for this, and he has a follow-up appt. next week.
The first week it started as the stuffies. Runny/crusty nose, slight fever, hard time breathing at night because it would all back up in his nose. This went on for a couple of weeks, then it started running down his throat making him vomit b/c he would get so choked on it. This generally happened at night after I had nursed him. He would begin to cough so hard and get chocked that he would throw up all over me, him, the bed. (Needless to say, none of us have had much sleep for the last 2 months). For all of this we have a prescription cold/decongestion medicine, the Vicks baby rub, and humidifier.
About 4 weeks into this, he developed an ear infection, which we treated with an antibiotic.
This all went on for about 3 more weeks, until he started developing a wheezing rattling sound in his chest. So back to the doctor we went to find out he has bronchitis. Now he is on a nebulizer 4 times a day with Xopenex. But, this doesn't seem to be working. Actually, I think the junk in his chest is getting worse. He sounds more congested and "tight" than he did to begin with. And he is still getting up about every 1 to 2 hours at night.
I just want my sweet baby to get feeling better. I am wondering if this is a chronic illness such as Asthma or allergies versus a virus that he just cannot kick. Has anybody else's child went through something like this. Should I be asking the doctor to do something more or different?
If he is not better by next week, he is going to have a chest X-ray and probably be put on an oral steriod. Yikes! I'd appreciate any stories you have. Thanks!
So What Happened?™
Thank all of you ladies. We ended up taking him back to the doctor after he threw up all over me again Tuesday night. They have now put him on a different antibiotic (Augmentin, sp?) telling me that he now has a sinus infection and Zyrtec for allergies. I hope I'm not speaking to soon, but he slept from 8:45 to 5 this morning without waking or coughing. After I nursed him, he went back to sleep until 7 with no throwing up or coughing! Ah, a sigh of relief! Thanks again!!
K.W. answers from Charlotte on November 16, 2007
My daughter is 7 months old and has had the same thing since the day I brought her home from the hospital. Her Dr put her on a decongestant and that was it. At first they were telling me that it was only milk getting stuck in the back of her throat.
It gets worse and then better. This week unfortunatly it is worse. But if anyone gives you any information would you please help me as well?
K. answers from Charlotte on November 15, 2007
My guess is that the antibiotic needs to be broader spectrum meaning that they have not hit the right infection with the right antibiotic yet. It also sounds like he has had a number of things at once. I would get a second opinion.
D.R. answers from Charlotte on November 14, 2007
Sounds like the antibiotics they're giving him aren't strong enough. (and I'm not one for putting babies on antibiotics)If it were my child, I'd be finding a new doctor. Seven weeks is a long time for one that little too be sick. And I wouldn't wait till next week. Antibiotics, if they are going to work will generally work within three days. You need to get in back in to see his pediatrition ASAP.
S.C. answers from Parkersburg on November 29, 2007
I'm a nurse, a mother and as of Tuesday a grandmother. I think the chest x-ray is a must. The x-ray will give a view of the lungs to rule out pnemonia and others chest problems and give the doctors a better idea of where to go next. This has gone on for far too long already. I would probably think about taking him to Children's Hospital if he doesn't start to improve.
K.L. answers from Charlotte on November 16, 2007
If I were you I think I would get a second opinion. Take him to someone else. Very soon! Get some good referals from this website or from people you know on another doctor. You may love your current pediatrician but I think it would be worth getting a fresh second opinion.
I think this problem has been going on too long not to have resolved. Demand answers! Don't let the doctor just write you another RX and send you out the door. He's your child and you are paying the doctor for his expertise. I would not let them put my child, especially one that young, on any more prescription medications without a definate answer as to what is wrong and a solid treatment plan.
I'm not real familiar with pediatricians in Charlotte but I can reccomend Cabarrus Pediatrics in Concord. They are very good, they listen and they don't jump to RX's too quickly.
Good luck. I hope Caleb starts feeling better very soon.
D.P. answers from Raleigh on November 19, 2007
I am going through the same thing right now- nothing quite as bad as bronchitis, but my son has been sick pretty much since his 12 month checkup. He got shots that day (which he had a reaction to), and I think we have had a total of about 1 week of perfect health since then (he is 14 1/2 mos). Around this time, he also started going to a mom's morning out program and has been exposed to one virus after another. (Actually, my son is with my husband at the dr.'s office this very moment!) It is extremely frustrating... I really feel your pain. Hang in there!
B.J. answers from Jacksonville on February 10, 2008
i just joined but want to tell you about my experience with similar problems. My daughter had constant sever sinus problems. She had several ear infections. She was diagnosed with allergies when she was 2 or 3. They treated her with Zyrtec & nose spray. She had to take both of these daily. It didnt work. She would still get sinus infections. She would be on antibiotics (Augmentin) for 10 days each time. She would be better for a week or 2. Then it was back. This went on for over 2 years. By the time she was 5 her tonsils touched in the back of her throat. She never complained of sore throats. We had many nights of her sinuses draining making her cough til she threw up. Finally when she was 5 i threw a fit in the doctors office and was given a referral to the ENT. On our first appt he sent her for xrays of her adenoids. They were also touching. Within a month of that first visit to the ENT she had both her tonsils & adenoids removed. She is now 10 and has had 1 major cold since her surgery. Her pediatrician never tested her for allergies. Don't let them treat your son for them if they haven't tested him. Even if it seems to work for a while. They finally tested her for allergies and she's not allergic to anything. If the current treatment works and he gets sick again insist on being referred to an ENT.
S.S. answers from Charlotte on November 16, 2007
Well, if it's asthma, the steroids will help. But they'll help if it's a lot of other respiratory things too. The scariest thing is that it seems to be getting worse. Which antibiotic was he on? Amoxicillan? A lot of infections are immune to it nowadays. He may need a stronger antibiotic.
Goodness, I really hope this gets resolved for you!
C.S. answers from Raleigh on November 16, 2007
Ask the doctor if he would test him for RSV. The ear infection is a secondary infection to what is going on.
You and your son will be in my prayers.