Dear Sirisha, your views on antibiotic regimens for minor respiratory ailments concurs with accepted practice guidelines. Children with runny noses and fever often do not need anything at all, except for maybe paracetamol to reduce fever and make the child more comfortable. Most of my colleagues who actually follow what we were taught in med school do not prescribe anything at all. I’m reminded of my mother who used to take me to our pediatrician if i even sniffled- and i remember my mother quoting him “If you keep bringing your son for every sniffle, you pressurize me into prescribing something when all he needs is rest and a good diet” . Years later, now as a doctor, when I see anxious mothers bringing their children with sniffles, i’m reminded of my own childhood and my mother.(who continues to be as paranoid about minor ailments- but consistently neglects herself!) A playful, otherwise active child with a low fever and a runny nose probably doesn’t need anything at all. Antibiotics are indicated only if there is a clear suspicion of bacterial pneumonia( bacterial lung infection). Most mothers will be able to make out between a sick child and a child with just a cold. That said, if it is just a cold, paracetamol if there is fever, and saline nasal drops if there’s a blocked nose is often enough, plus a warm loving doting mother. Most of my colds as a child got treated that way. 🙂
Hello Zack! Im not sure if there is a way to reply directly to his response or for someone to get his attention! Also to all others that mimic his case history. Diabetes Insipidus is characterized by nightsweats, insatiable thirst, polyuria (excessive urination), trouble gaining weight, craving ice, muscle wasting (may may/ not be present) also, im not sure about the iron deficiency but i do know two diabetics (insipidus patients) who are anemic but im not sure of the cause of their anemia. I’m a Medical Technologist it sounds A LOT like Diabetes insipidus, very very serious if not treated, you need the following tests done: to get your serum fasting blood sugar(glucose), a glucose tolerance test depending on the fasting glucose, urinalysis (macroscopic), and serum electrolytes (K, Ca, & Na <most important). I was actually afraid reading your post, please see a doctor ASAP. Usually when you go to donate blood they check your sugar as well, im not sure when they checked and saw your hemoglobin or iron was low they might have stopped there and never checked the sugar or overlooked the slightly elevated sugar if in the high normal range. Please get this checked!!!!