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Why is he always ill?

(12 Posts)
MoreSnowPlease Wed 10-Feb-16 19:40:09

My poor 3 year old has had 5 full weeks off pre school in the last 10 weeks of school. When he gets ill he really gets ill be it wheezing which puts him in hospital for a few days plus recovery time or just recently coming out of hospital only to go down with flu and a chest infection which hasn't responded to first lot of antibiotics and is now on the second lot.

I also have an 18 month old who seems to just breeze through illness, he gets a high temp for a few days and then fights it off without even calpol.

I feel so sorry for my 3 year old, he spent about a year with something like 8 hospital stays for wheezing with just a cold. A cold would put him in hospital for 4 days!!!

Is this something the gp can help with if I go to them or an I going to be laughed it the door with a swift 'kids get sick' line?

BlackSwan Wed 10-Feb-16 21:10:39

Sounds dreadful. I would ask the GP, but don't stay too long at the surgery, you'll pick up some new virus from the waiting room! Do you give him vitamins - particularly vitamin D? Bring on spring/summer...

MoreSnowPlease Wed 10-Feb-16 21:20:00

It is swan ! He can't carry on like this at school, he'll be so far behind! Glad it's not just me that thinks it's not normal smile

Yes he has a multivitamin with vitamin d and, in particular, iron in it as I had massive problems with low iron in pregnancy and was breastfeeding him with basically no iron to give him. So I am wondering whether he had low iron ( had a few symptoms of it) but I've never wanted to put him through a blood test!!

IgnoreMeEveryOtherReindeerDoes Wed 10-Feb-16 21:27:44

Is he asthmatic? My DS was the same although not so many hospital visits as yours. He's 5 now and he seems to be getting better with not picking everything up (although he's need two lots of steroids since nov) he didn't get the flu virus me and DD had. But when he first started playgroup and nursery he was off every other week it was so bad he was tested for cystic fibrosis as well as X-rays on chest.

Sirzy Wed 10-Feb-16 21:30:43

If he is having regular wheezing problems I would ask your GP to try him with a low dose steroid preventer inhaler

MoreSnowPlease Thu 11-Feb-16 17:12:45

No he's not asthmatic, it's only when grrrr has a cold/illness that he gets wheezy.

We tried the steroid inhaler and were told to stop for the summer, and then he improved for a bit and now it's started again.

It's not so much the wheeze that worries me but that he gets ill so often sad

Pancakeflipper Thu 11-Feb-16 18:50:34

Maybe try a probiotic for children to see if it boosts his immune system.
Optibac do one for children. Not cheap but worth a go.

Some children just go through a phase of being ill for a about a year then never suffer again - hope he's one of those types!

MoreSnowPlease Thu 11-Feb-16 18:57:04

Got him on optibac as well!!!

OzzieFem Thu 11-Feb-16 21:17:57

Forget about your son getting behind in school he's only three! Of more concern is the fact that he's constantly sick. When your son got tested for cystic fibrosis did they also check his immune system (blood test)?

sunnydayinmay Thu 11-Feb-16 21:24:17

Are they sure it's not asthma? I get every bug going because I am asthmatic and cold quickly turn to infections if my preventors are not managed properly.

I was told that current advice is to keep up preventers, even in the summer months.

Mind you, ds2 was around 3 years when he was diagnosed, because they didn't want to diagnose early.

hollinhurst84 Thu 11-Feb-16 21:26:54

Get them to do a full blood count. Need to check iron and white cell count

IgnoreMeEveryOtherReindeerDoes Thu 11-Feb-16 21:40:08

Ask for referral to pedatrician. I got sick of been given antibiotics for DS and said enoughs enough, he was given a chest X-ray and it showed some dark patches that he needed pencilin for two weeks for. The Drs still like to hand out antibiotics when his wheeze starts when I know for a fact it's steroids he needs due to asthma (I'm asthmatic myself) I also brought a cheap stethoscope for his toy box that actually works and I know as soon as he gets a cold I can hear his lung crackle.

Btw DS had blood test done they use magic cream (numbing) that put on 20mins before take blood. He also had cystic fibrosis test just to rule that out.

Hope you get it sorted but please know that your child has a right to be referred to specialist rather than just general GP

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