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Posted by
Nancy on April 29, 2002 at 18:01:34:

Hi,
My daughter is three years old and 17 days ago
developed a runny nose with clear mucus, a loose cough (she did not cough at night).
I thought it was a cold but by day 11 she still had
the symptoms. The doctor put her on Zithromax for
five days, which she finished 4 days ago. The coughing has
gone and she has only occasional congestion in her
nose.
She does have very dark rings under her eyes and today
she is not eating. She had been very thirsty for the past several days.
She has had no fever except on day two I took it and it was 100.3. She just seems not as spunky and to me she does not look herself. She is often very pale. I am worried
although the doctor said I could treat it as allergies
and give her Dimetapp twice a day. I am not comfortable although I don't know if I am overreacting or not. Any advice? She is generally healthy but has had ear infections in the past. This time she had a bit of fluid in her right ear but no infection prior to the Zithromax. The doctor thought it may have been a sinus infection. The only known allergies she has is to penicillin.

Thanks,
Nancy Kistner, a concerned Mom.



Re: Allergies?

Posted by Carol B. on April 30, 2002 at 17:22:19:

In Reply to: Allergies? posted by Nancy on April 29, 2002 at 18:01:34:

Nancy,
Yes, this sounds like when my children were sick. Pale, listless, big circles under their eyes.
Your daughter needs plenty of rest, nutritious snacks, and fluids. When she's interested in playing, you'll know she's feeling a little better.

You can give her yogurt with live cultures and acidophalus milk to help get her intestinal flora reestablished. Don't schedule any outings for a while. She feels like crap, I'm sure.

Rice is easy to digest. Soft cooked eggs, cinnamon toast, Saltine crackers, apple sauce, bananas, ginger ale, custard, all these are good for her.

I was always concerned when this happened to my boys. A little "tender loving care" and extra "mommy time" helped them to bounce back.

I hope she's feeling better soon.

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Re: Allergies? (Archive.)

Posted by Walt Stoll on April 30, 2002 at 18:10:47:

In Reply to: Allergies? posted by Nancy on April 29, 2002 at 18:01:34:

Hi, Nancy.

This is classical allergy. You need a more astute doc!

The antibiotic should never have been prescribed. Since it was, she now HAS to have at least some dysbiosis which seriously aggravates allergy and increases the chances of her developong a lot more kinds of allergy.

The Dimetapp is less than a drop in the bucket for treating any significant allergy!

Walt

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Re: Allergies?

Posted by Donna E. on April 30, 2002 at 19:26:43:

In Reply to: Allergies? posted by Nancy on April 29, 2002 at 18:01:34:

Listen to me carefully. You are not over-reacting. This sounds EXACTLY like how I started out as a child. The medical profession has done me great harm by treating me the way they are starting to treat your daughter. You will get her into a vicious cycle of antibiotics and allergy medications if you continue on this path that was recommended. She will develop a lot of little illnesses along the way and be a very sickly child and then it will progress from there.

You are lucky, lucky, lucky she is only three. You have a great chance to fix things now and get her into good habits. Please, when Dr. Stoll answers you, do what he says. Don't take it lightly and shrug it off. I wish Dr. Stoll had been around when I was a little girl - my life would have been totally different and I wouldn't be digging myself out of this health hell hole that I am in.

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