D.B. asks from Fresno, CA on May 31, 2007
Why Won't My Baby's Cold Go Away?
My son is 10 months old and has had cold symptoms consistently since he started going to daycare at 3 months of age. His symptoms vary and come and go but I can not remember a single stretch of time longer than 1 week in which he was not sick at all. His symptoms (some occasional and some more frequent) include coughing (phlegm in chest), runny nose, stuffy nose, yellowish/green discharge from nose, and sneezing. I have tried every single cold/flu/allergy product on the shelves and nothing seems to really help much. I am a first-time mom struggling with the question "What am I doing wrong?" Infants cannot possibly be sick this often for this long of a period...and even after the cold/flu season is over! On one occasion I took him to the E.R. because I was so worried about him and they said he had an upper respiratory viral infection that just has to go away on its own. His pediatrician has said that maybe he has asthma and I've given him an inhaler for awhile but that hasn't helped either. Can someone PLEASE help me?!?!?
V.H. answers from Las Vegas on June 04, 2007
Have you considered a milk alergy? I was like that until my mom read an article about milk alergy and she cut out all dairy from my diet and I got better within the week and stayed better. It's a tough diet but not as bad as constant ear infections and runny noses. Good luck. ~V.
V.W. answers from San Francisco on June 02, 2007
Sounds like allergies - not a cold... I was diagnosed at 6 months and at 36 still live with those symptoms almost everyday - asthma too....
Could me to environmental or foods - or a combination of both hard to say, but interesting that it started at the day care -
H.W. answers from Sacramento on June 01, 2007
well the first thing I would look at is the yellow/green discharge coming from baby's nose...this is a different situation than clear runny discharge coming out of the nose at the beginning of a cold which changes to the yellow/green discharge towards the end of the cold or flu. definitely take your baby back to the dr., and if you don't like what you are being told, seek out a second opinion.
I agree, it is helpful to cut out dairy whenever your baby has excess mucous or phlegm. It will also help if your baby has any diarrhea (cutting out dairy). Look at your son's diet, & consider consulting alternative health resources to help support you in getting him well. Two good books I use often with my son are "Healthy Healing" by Linda Page (a naturopathic dr.) and "Smart Medicine for a Healthier Child" by Zand, Rountree & Walton. They are reference books & list all sorts of illnesses & the various western (regular medicine, like your Pediatrician) as well as alternative health care treatments for those conditions. They have ideas on diet, medicine, herbs, bodywork, and anything else that can help. Healthy healing also has a great website you can check out first to get some ideas, www.healthyhealing.com
Is your son taking a multiviamin? My son loves to take a liquid vitamin I got from Raley's, it tastes like berries & seems to help boost his immunity & energy almost immediately. When my son has a cold (he is 2 now, but I started this when he was less than a year old), I also give him a very diluted dose of Airborne (the over the counter fizzy tablets that you dissolve in water, to help fight colds) or Emergen-C packets. Lots of juice (fresh is best), dilute 1/2 & 1/2 with water so he doesn't get too sugared-up. We use a vaporizer to help loosen phlegm (you can put a drop or two of peppermint or eucalyptus essential oil in the water), and on occasion use a nebulizer if he is wheezing. You can also use some Vicks Baby Rub (like Vapo-Rub, but for babies), rub it on his chest & belly, it is soothing & smells very gently like lavender & eucalyptus. When you give him a bath, try putting a little peppermint or eucalyptus essential oil in the bath (about 3 or 4 drops is plenty), stir the water around well before you put him in (this is if you use a full tub of water! if you are still using a baby tub, use only 1 drop.)
Can you take your son out of daycare? It sounds like this might be the root of the problem...even if you do so for just a few weeks, to see if he gets healthy, it might be worth considering...maybe look at what other childcare arrangements could be made, in the interest of his health...
Hope this helps, it is so frustrating to have a sick child!
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M.C. answers from Honolulu on June 01, 2007
It is sooooo typical for your child to be sick and sick and sick and sick for a solid year. Both of my girls went through this. Esp. since he is in child care and around other kids (I assume). If you can see the cold progressing (you know, just like it does on you... sore throat, then runny nose, maybe a fever, then moves into his chest and he coughs for 2 weeks) and then the cycle will start again... He is probably just catching every germ that he comes in contact with. If one symptom won't go away, i.e. constant runny nose, then it may be allergies or some other condition. Before I had kids, my neighbor's second child was ALWAYS sick, because her brother brought stuff home from school, etc. We used to make fun of them and we called her "the Patient Zero" but now that we've seen it with our own, we get it. Once he builds up his immune system, he will be healthy and resilient. Things that worked for me...remove dairy products from his diet (this will help with the coughing thing and phlegm build up), we used soy formula and now she drinks soy milk instead of cows. and keep that vaporizer on while he sleeps, rub him with Vics, that kind of thing. This too shall pass.....
D.P. answers from San Diego on June 01, 2007
We were experiencing this with my daughter. We bought a air purifier and took her off of cow milk. We used zyrtec, an allergy med perscribed from the doctor and all the problems went away. Now she primarily drinks soy milk and we still use the air purifier every time she sleeps and we have not had anymore problems. Allergies can cause the same symptoms as a cold and can turn into infections. Maybe this can help your little one too.
C.N. answers from San Luis Obispo on June 02, 2007
Maybe that is not a cold or flu, but allergy. I had to have my son tested for what he was allergic to, then had him on a very strick diet for about 18 months. It certainly helped him, and yes, the doctor made us keep him home quietly until his lung infection cleared up on its own. His body is probably reacting to something or some things that he is allergic to, and all the over the counter medicine in the world will not cure it. He has to live free of whatever he is allergic to and then his body will recuperate. Yes, this is true.
Sincerely, C. N.
M.Z. answers from Reno on June 01, 2007
Take him to his regular doctor. It could have started as a viral infection and turned into something else. My 6 mo old had a "virus" and I took him in and it turned out to be croup. They gave him a shot and we were out of there and he was better in less than a week. Be on the safe side.
S.P. answers from Los Angeles on June 01, 2007
My youngest is going through the same thing right now. He turned one yesterday and we have had this problem since he was born. We have done all of the over the counter things. We did the albuterol and pulmacort for asthma. We saw the ENT doc. and we were cleared from him too. I take jake to he ER every coupple of mo. because of my fear but they all tell me the same thing. his last bloor test showed a low platelet count but the doc. says it wasn't too low so we will re-run the test next week. For now, he wants us to see an allergy specialist. He says that they may be able to find out what is wrong with another blood test. Then if it is not an allergy, he said that they would better know what diseases if any to start looking for. (Sorry about my spelling) You might want to ask you doc. about seeing one. See what he says. Let me know what happens though. Maybe something that you do with your doc. could help us.
H.H. answers from Los Angeles on June 01, 2007
Hey,Have you considered his diet???What sort of foods is he eating.A doctor will never tell you cus most of the time they don't know themselves but dairy, especailly from cow can cause a build up of mucous throughout a baby's and an adult's body. Soy will also do this.It can't hurt to put him on goat milk or dairy products that are derived only from goat for 2 to 3 weeks to see if it makes a difference.Also if he's eating anything with preservatives take that out too.Try to go as natural as possible.If he eats bread try to find a sprouted grain bread(Traider Joe's carries that).I know it may be more expensive but it can't be more expensive than doctor's visits and meds. Wild Oats carries goat yogourt and milk.If you have any more questions feel free to ask away.I have a 2 year old and he only eats goat cheese as far as cheeses and almond milk. Please really look into his diet,it could make all the difference.Good Luck.God Bless.H. Hornsby
A.T. answers from Reno on June 01, 2007
Everybody here speaks of asthma medicine as if it is just another medicine, but it is NOT!. It seriously inhibits the immune system of your child, and that may be the cause of continuous sicknesses he has been having. An asthma medicine can not be given as a just in case medicine. It is especilly true for kids who go to day care. As the asthma medicine supresses their immune system they start to be sick all the time. Also over the long temr, those medicinces tend to retard the physical growth of children. The exact same thing happned to me, and i switched to a different pediatrician. My son is much healthier right now