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help!!! my 17 month old son keeps getting sinus infections...

he has had tubes put in and adenoids taken out in october...prior to that has had 7 or more ear infections this year alone, and since then he keeps running a fever and having these cold like bouts where he has to be treated with antibiotics constantly. (like every 2-3 weeks). obviously not helping. what can i do? im sick of him being sick and doctors seem clueless as to what to do except...give more antibiotics. i am going to scream.

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Asked by Babiluv80 at 4:24 AM on Dec. 26, 2009 in Toddlers (1-2)

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  • I would start by eliminating dairy from his diet (unless you have access to raw milk); I would also eliminate meat. I suspect he may have a food allergy, perhaps wheat or dairy.

    Answer by rkoloms at 6:20 AM on Dec. 26, 2009

  • If your child meets 2 of the 10 warning signs below then he should be tested for Primary Immune Deficiencies:

    1. Eight or more new ear infections a year
    2. Two or more serious sinus infections a year
    3. Two or more months on antibiotics with little effect
    4. Two or more pneumonia's within a year
    5. Failure of an infant to gain weight or grow normally
    6. Recurrent, deep skin or organ abscess
    7. Persistent thrush in mouth or skin after age 1
    8. Need for intravenous antibiotics to clear infections
    9. Two or more deep seated infections in 1 year
    10. A family history of Primary Immunodeficiency Disease

    PIDs are genetic and may be able to be treated depending on the specific disease.


    Answer by Gailll at 5:10 PM on Dec. 26, 2009

  • Maybe he's being misdiagnosed?
    Children this age don't really have "sinus" infections... they aren't developed enough yet... but they can get infections in those spaces, but it's not as common. If your child keeps getting infections... first I would make sure they are truly infections, maybe your child is just being over treated with antibiotics. A runny nose, even if it's green or yellow snot doesn't indicate infection... if the snot lasts 2 weeks, however, then it might mean there is an infection that needs antibiotics. If your doctor keeps giving antibiotics it can lead to resistance to antibiotics meaning you'll need stronger antibiotics. And maybe the doctor isn't treating the infection long enough... meaning that the weak bacteria get killed off but the strong bacteria thrive and multiply making it even harder to kill off the infection. Treatment should last 3 weeks for chronic infections.

    Answer by AmiJanell at 6:27 PM on Dec. 26, 2009

  • If your child is exposed to smoke or has a history of reflux it can also cause frequent infections, or possibly an allergy to something causing congestion that then leads to an infection.

    Answer by AmiJanell at 6:32 PM on Dec. 26, 2009

  • hi there my son is having the same problem and like you im sick of it he has infection has antibiotics well for a week then it all starts again doctors have said they going to refer to specialists now so maybe requesting to see them if u havnt done already hope u get to bottom of it

    Answer by kei-wei at 6:50 PM on Jan. 11, 2010

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