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7 month old... not getting better
Posted by: Sheree
Date: December 27, 2001 9:49 AM

My daughter is 7 months old and has had a "cold" since October of this year... She has had one day of no symptoms that I can remember and seems to be getting worse not better. I try the usual cold treatments, do nothing, vaporizer, humidifier, vapor patch, warm baths, antihistamines etc. at night... vitamins. I took her to the pediatrician because she starting running a fever and he said she had an ear infection. Even on antibiotics she seems to get worse... now she coughs a lot when she didn't before. Is there something we are missing. I don't see any other signs aside from fatigue. Hard to tell in someone so small.



Edited 2 time(s). Last edit at August 19, 2007 11:13 PM by Dr. Kennedy.

7 month old... not getting better
Posted by: Ron Kennedy, M.D.
Date: December 27, 2001 4:11 PM

First of all, if my child were in such a situation I would not use over the counter medications, especially not is such a young child. These meds are not effective and they can even provoke symptoms they are supposed to suppress and to top it all off the doses recommended for young children are just wild guesses based on a scaling down of recommended adult doses. I consider these meds to be dangerous to young children. I would place the child in a stress-free environment, give a very healthy diet (certainly no sweets), regular sleep, clean air, plenty of mother's milk, but surely no formula based on cow or any other animal milk, and most important: lots of cuddling. If formula is to be given it should be soy based. No wheat based product should be given in such a case. This is what I would do, but of course as your child is not my patient, due to medical-legal restrictions I have to only tell you what I would do and not recommend it to you.



Edited 3 time(s). Last edit at August 19, 2007 11:53 PM by Dr. Kennedy.



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