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17 week old DD has had a 'cold' for 6 weeks now...advice?

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lou031205 Sun 09-Aug-09 14:57:44

Reposting here from child health....

DD3 had a cold at 11 weeks old. At 13 weeks I took her to the GP because she still had her cold. Now, 4 weeks later, she still has aa snotty nose, and cough, and finding it hard to breathe.

I took her to GP who now says that she has generalised wheeze and crackle, and she thinks that she could have asthma.

Would asthma cause such a snotty nose? It seems to dry up, but then 'liquifies' when she is feeding & come back with a vengeance. DD3 is exclusively BF.

lljkk Sun 09-Aug-09 19:11:28

Sounds pretty normal to me, babies are snuffly most of the first year, ime.
The problem is that the more you push doctor types to find a cause or a reason to treat it, the more likely they are to find it and treat it... and the treatment may not cure at all, whilst still producing undesirable side effects. Not that I think they can do much outside of hospital for a very little one, anyway.
For slightly older tots they can give them steroids which can retard growth (IIRC), so not something to start using regularly if you can help it. Similar drawbacks for other medical treatments.

Have you tried Karvol or steamy rooms?

lou031205 Sun 09-Aug-09 19:38:36

Thanks for your reply. This isn't usual 'snuffles', imo. DDs1&2 never had long periods of copious snot & wheezing. We have used snuffle babes, with some effect..

lljkk Mon 10-Aug-09 15:45:22

Has she been tested for CF?

Hopefully this will bump & U will get better quality replies.

lou031205 Mon 10-Aug-09 16:41:29

Yes, they test for CF as part of the guthrie here at 7 days.

Thanks for the bumpsmile

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