J.W. asks from Glen Carbon, IL on January 29, 2009
My 5 Week Old Was Just Diagnosed W/ Pneumonia and a Touch of RSV-I Need Advice
My 5 week old and 2 year old have had a bad cough, runny nose, sneezing for about 10 days now. My 5 week old was just dx with pneumonia, although the radiologist that read the chest x-ray says he has a touch of RSV. The pediatrician is treating for both with an inhaler and an antibiotic. He said my 2 year old just has a typical winter cold and has not prescribed any meds, although his cough sounds horrible. (He is acting fine though)
I feel like I'm not doing enough for either of them. My 5 week olds wheezes and struggles (a little) to breath and his food intake has decreased a bit. Any advice/suggestions of what I can do to get my kids healthy???
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Thank you SO MUCH for your advice/suggestions and stories. These viruses are such scary things to deal with!
We tried the Vicks on our 2 year old's feet last nite and he hasn't coughed at all this morning! YEA! I can already tell my 5 week old is doing a little better. Last nite was not quite as rough as the previous two and his wheezing has decreased. He still has a horrible cough, but the rattling you can feel on his back (from his lungs) has decreased as well. We have a humidifier and will be purchasing more for other rooms we all spend time in. I just pray he continues to improve.
M.S. answers from Columbia on January 30, 2009
My son had a diaper rash that didn't want to go away. I took him to the doctor and they gave him a perscription for Nyastatin. This worked really well.
K.R. answers from Kansas City on January 29, 2009
Do you have humidifiers in their rooms? We have one in our 2 year old's room and another in our room where our 3 week old sleeps and another in our family room. When they are not on I can definitely tell a difference. We also use the vapo bath stuff when they are congested and do baths right before bed. We have in the past also put some drops of the vapo bath into the shower, closed the door and ran hot (HOT) water in the shower and sat in the bathroom with the door closed breathing in the vapo steam. This has helped too!
Sorry that you have to go through 2 sick kiddos at the same time! We are battling the stomach flu here so I can relate!
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M.H. answers from Kansas City on January 29, 2009
I am sorry your babies are sick! My three have a nasty little cold at the moment too and it is certainly no fun! For both of your kiddos when they lay down in the beds prop them up. Place a pillow or something similar up the crib mattress of your 5 week old. Obviously not too high that he might role but just enough to elevate his head. It will help keep the drainage from running down his throat and will keep his air way open so he can breath better. You can do the same thing with your two year old with a couple pillows stacked on top of eachother. Goodluck!!!!
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K.B. answers from Wichita on January 30, 2009
Good Morning J., I am so very sorry your little ones are ill. For your Baby I wouldn't put the vapor rub on their tummy or chest, put it on their Jammie's, T-Shirts. They can still get the benefit of the vapor. The humidifiers are good also to help with the breathing. I can't believe they sent you home with a 5 wk old with pneumonia. That is so scary to me.
We just found out last week through autopsy report one of my hubby's cousin's little girl was misdiagnosed in Nov. ER Nurse on Sunday, said she only has the croup she will be fine, give her OTC cough medication etc... She died in her sleep Tuesday AM or was found in her crib Tuesday AM. Chloe had just turned 1. She never saw a Dr in ER just a nurse which has been fired and Dr. on Reprimand. Chloe died of Pneumonia
I didn't share that to frighten you, just wanted you to be aware of the dangers to babies with this awful illness.
Pneumonia can damage the lungs so quickly.
Praying for Complete Healing for both of your precious children
K. Nana of 5
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C.M. answers from Kansas City on January 29, 2009
For the 2 year old, I also recommend the vapor bath. Johnson and Johnson make a good one. I would also give him an expectorant. My dr recommends the Robitussin products but our girls don't like the taste so we get the Musinex for kids. It will help clear out all that junk that is making him cough.
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F.M. answers from Kansas City on January 30, 2009
I am wondering why this baby isn't in the hospital? If it is viral, the antibiotic isn't going to help at all, but if it turns bacterial anyway, that is what the ABx is for, however, even the best oral ABx can sometimes not do a thing for the bacterial pneumonia. If the baby is struggling for a long time, you NEED to take her straight to the ER. Tiny babies can get bad REALLY fast!! Do NOT hesitate to take her in. With both of these diseases, I just cannot believe she is still at home.
K.S. answers from St. Louis on January 30, 2009
My son had this when he was a baby to. Just watch for breathing issues that have coughs with it. After my son went through this we were told he had asthma. So I have been dealing with that for a few years. Then my youngest had a hard time breathing and eating at the same time so I took him to a ENT and they put tubes in his ears and took the adnoids out and he does alot better now.
Hope this is some help to you
A.K. answers from St. Louis on January 30, 2009
I'm really sorry that both your little ones are sick. A 5 week old with pneumonia must be tough. My daughter had it twice, six months apart, then I had it! It takes a long time to get over. I was in bed for a long time, stayed home from work for a week and only went back part time the next week. There really isn't a whole lot you can do except make to him as comfortable as possible and keep him hydrated.
Unfortunately, your 2 year old with the cold is pretty much in the same boat. Colds have to run their course. Keep him rested and hydrated too. I would watch to see if he doesn't develop pneumonia. Fever and the shortness of breath is the red flag rather than the coughing.
Don't forget the chicken soup! And, take care of YOURSELF!
L.W. answers from St. Louis on January 30, 2009
My 2 year old son was diagnosed with pneumonia yesterday by his dr. Then I got a call back later on in the day that he does not have pneumonia but RSV. They put him on an antibiotic for the pneumonia but it is also good for the RSV. He was running a temp from Friday night to Wends. Because of the weather (8 inches of snow, sleet and some freezing rain) the office was closed on Wend. so I had to take him yesterday. They took some of his snot and did some kind of lab work on it to find out that he had RSV. He has had a runny nose that just turned green yesterday, a cough, and a fever.
I am also suprised that your son is not in the hostpital with this. If you think that he is having problems breathing I would either take him back to the Dr. or to the ER. I did not get anything when I was at the Dr. office on RSV so I went on line to www.mayoclinic.com then I typed in RSV into the search engine. I know that if I was you and your 2 year old has a runny nose I would ask the Dr. to check him for RSV. I do not know what your Dr. put your son on but mine put my son on Biaxin. The generic name is Clarithromcycin. My son has hardly eaten anything since Friday night however he does drink. I am even letting him drink chocolate milk just for the callories. I told the nurse and Dr. that it is only 1% they said that at least he is able to get callories from it. They are not too worried about the eating as they are with him drinking fluids.
I know what you must be going through with it being both of your babies. Try to take care of your self and get as much rest as you can.