Question: My son is 8 years old and was told this week he has a chest infection. He is now on antibiotics for the 2 day. He still coughs a lot- however at night I put the humidifier in the room and he does not cough – sleeps through the night- I discovered a little dry blood on the pillow is this concern – or do you think it is from his throat which is probably agitated from coughing?
Answer: How long has he been presenting with this complain? What is the type of the phlegm? Has he lost weight in recent time? Has he lost his appetite?
Severe Chest Infection in Children
There is a strong possibility that the blood, is due to the irritation of the throat.
Chest Infection in Children Treatment
- If the cough persists, please get a sputum test done for Acid Fast Bacilli (AFB)
- Get a simple X-ray of the chest done to rule out causes other than throat infection.
- Ensure that the child’s diet is rich in proteins. Include milk, eggs, soy and green vegetables in his diet. These products are high in proteins and iron and will enhance his immunity to future infections.
- Include fresh fruits and vegetables in his diet to treat severe chest infection in children. Avoid junk food and aerated drinks.
- Avoid chilled food or water. This is to avoid recurrent upper respiratory tract infections.
- Also ensure that there is adequate ventilation in the room. A closed and humid room can cause recurrent upper respiratory tract infections which may precipitate to cause lower respiratory tract infections like tuberculosis.